Sunday's Scottish Cup as it happened

Aberdeen draw St Johnstone in the semi-finals after Rangers are held by Albion Rovers and Dundee United thrash Inverness.

9 March 2014 Last updated at 12:09 GMT

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  1. 17:50: 

    And you can watch highlights off all of this weekend's Scottish Cup quarter-finals on Sportscene tonight at 22:25 GMT on BBC One Scotland.

  2. 17:49: 

    It's been a long and dramatic day of Scottish Cup action. I'm going to sign off. The highlights from yesterday's Scottish Premiership matches will be on the BBC Sport website shortly and highlights from today's Scottish Cup quarter-finals will follow later tonight.

  3. 17:45: 
    James Ward, Albion Rovers manager

    "It was absolutely fantastic. I'm so proud of them. In each and every round, they've gained in confidence. Hopefully it allows to go and win the replay. I remain 100% convinced that we can go and win against Rangers."

  4. 17:45: 

    So, it's a repeat of the Scottish League Cup semi-final between St Johnstone and Aberdeen while Rangers and Albion Rovers will battle it out again for the right to face Dundee United.

  5. 17:44: 
    SCOTTISH CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW

    St Johnstone v Aberdeen

    Rangers/Albion Rovers v Dundee United

  6. 17:43: 

    Dundee United are the last team drawn.

  7. 17:42: 

    Next it's Rangers or Albion Rovers.

  8. 17:42: 

    And they will play Aberdeen.

  9. 17:42: 

    The first name out of the hat is St Johnstone.

  10.  
    Scottish Cup trophy This is the trophy the four eventual semi-finalists will be playing four
  11. 17:39: 

    Just waiting for the draw for the semi-finals to conclude an enthralling day of Scottish Cup action.

  12.  
    John Devlin, Albion Rovers chairman

    "We did fantastic. I thought we did extremely well to defend as we did. Hugely proud of them and hugely proud of James Ward."

  13. 17:26: 

    Stay with us for the Scottish Cup semi-final draw coming up.

  14. 17:25: 

    That replay will take place on 18 March and is likely to be played at Hamilton's New Douglas Park ground.

  15. 17:24: 
    FULL-TIME- Rangers 1-1 Albion Rovers

    Albion Rovers claim a Scottish Cup replay against Rangers and the visiting players take the acclaim of their fans.

  16. 17:23: 

    Bilel Mohsni's header is too high and Rangers' final chance of the match is gone.

  17. 17:21: 

    The latest effort from David Templeton lands on the roof of the Albion Rovers net.

  18. 17:19: 

    Rangers captain Lee McCulloch gets a solid header on Fraser Aird's corner but keeper Neil Parry is well placed to catch.

  19. 17:19: 
    INJURY TIME

    Five minutes of stoppage time begin.

  20. 17:16: 

    A number of Albion Rovers players have been struggling with cramp and Gary Phillips is the latest to pull up on the turf. A delay ensues.

  21. 17:14: 

    Five minutes left at Ibrox.

  22. 17:13: 
    CLOSE!

    Bilel Mohsni's diving header from David Templton's cross bounces wide of the Albion Rovers goal.

  23. 17:11: 

    Now Rangers have a chance with Fraser Aird skewing the ball wide from the edge of the box.

  24. 17:10: 

    Ciaran Donnelly's shot squirms through a couple of Rangers defenders and goalkeeper Cammy Bell smothers the ball.

  25. 17:08: 

    As things stand, this tie is heading for a replay.

  26. 17:07: 

    The Albion Rovers players and management are unhappy with the award of that goal, feeling that goalkeeper Neil Parry was fouled by Bilel Mohsni.

  27. 17:05: 
    GOAL- Rangers 1-1 Albion Rovers

    The ball is in the net but it's not immediately clear who scored. David Templeton's deep cross is attacked by Bilel Mohsni as goalkeeper Neil Parry comes out to claim and the ball ends up in the net.

  28. 17:03: 

    It appears that Rangers substitution has meant a change in position for Bilel Mohsi, who has moved into attack with Sebastian Faure taking over in defence.

  29. 17:02: 

    Jon Daly is replaced by Sebastian Faure for Rangers and Albion Rovers also make a change with Josh Flood on for Barry Russell.

  30. 17:01: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Bilel Mohsni canters forward and slams in a shot that Neil Parry tips over the Albion Rovers crossbar.

  31. 17:00: 

    Andy Little's shot hits his own team-mate, Fraser Aird. It's been that kind of day for Rangers.

  32. 16:58: 

    Richard Foster joins the Rangers attack and cuts into the box to curl in a shot but, like so many efforts from the hosts today, it is off target.

  33. 16:57: 

    Liam Cusack comes off for Albion Rovers and on comes Dominic Kennedy.

  34. 16:55: 
    CLOSE!

    Almost an own goal as Michael Dunlop turns Fraser Aird's cross just wide of the Albion Rovers goal.

  35. 16:54: 

    The action moves to the other end and Liam Cusack gets sight of goal around 30 yards out but he catches it all wrong and blazes wide.

  36. 16:52: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Rangers winger David Templeton stretches out to volley Richard Foster's cross and the winger can scarcely believe when his shot cannons off the crossbar and out.

  37. 16:50: 

    Rangers make a change. Dean Shiels is withdrawn and on comes Andy Little.

  38. 16:48: 

    David Templeton's frustration continues with another shot wildly off target. The Rangers winger struggles to hide his disappointment.

  39. 16:45: 

    This game really is tense. Albion Rovers gain some territory and some problems in the Rangers defence at a corner. The next goal really could be crucial.

  40. 16:40: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Daly's next effort is on target but Neil Parry makes the save and Nicky Law cannot profit from the rebound.

  41. 16:39: 

    The pressure continued to mount on the Albion Rovers goal and Jon Daly has an excellent shooting chance but gets his bearings all wrong and fires wide.

  42. 16:34: 
    CLOSE!

    So close to an equaliser as Lee McCulloch's shot from Bilel Mohsni's knockdown slips just wide.

  43. 16:33: 
    KICK-OFF

    Rangers begin the second half.

  44. 16:18: 
    HALF-TIME- Rangers 0-1 Albion Rovers

    Albion Rovers sustain their lead until the break. The visitors started better and have shown grit and determination to protect their lead. Rangers improved towards the interval but need to do a lot more if they are to win this tie.

  45. 16:17: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Terrific block from Neil Parry denies Dean Shiels and Albion Rovers clear before Rangers captain Lee McCulloch can pounce on the rebound.

  46. 16:17: 

    Templeton is afforded another chance from a corner and this time a throng of Albion Rovers players get in the way. Frantic defending from the visitors.

  47. 16:15: 

    David Templeton gets the ball and cuts in from the Rangers left with one thought on his mind but the eventual shot is high and wide.

  48. 16:11: 

    Five minutes until half-time and Neil Parry collects yet another poor Rangers delivery. The hosts have got a lot to do if they are going to turn this tie around.

  49. 16:08: 
    YELLOW CARD

    And goalscorer Ciaran Donnelly joins Russell in the book before Ian Black picks up Rangers' first caution. Scrappy stufff at the moment.

  50. 16:05: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Barry Russell clatters into Fraser Aird and the Albion Rovers player is booked.

  51. 16:04: 

    More frustration for the hosts as Lee Wallace is penalised in the opposition half. Albion Rovers are doing their best to interrupt the Rangers momentum.

  52. 16:01: 

    Pressure beginning to mount on the Albion Rovers defence but Rangers' delivery has let them down so far.

  53. 15:57: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Rangers forward Jon Daly nods Lee Wallace's free-kick towards goal only to see Neil Parry stooping to make the save.

  54.  
    Albion Rovers' Ciaran Donnelly scores against Rangers Donnelly (number five) edged Albion Rovers into the lead against Rangers
  55. 15:51: 

    A blow for the visitors as the injured Chris Dallas is replaced by David Crawford.

  56. 15:51: 
    CLOSE!

    David Templeton heads on to the roof of the Albion Rovers net.

  57. 15:50: 

    It's been a frustrating start top the match for Rangers as yet another deep delivery into the box is clutched by Rovers goalkeeper Neil Parry.

  58. 15:45: 

    It had been a solid start from the visitors and now they have the lead. How will Rangers respond?

  59. 15:44: 
    GOAL- Rangers 0-1 Albion Rovers (Donnelly)

    Albion Rovers stun the home crowd by taking the lead with Ciaran Donnelly knocking the ball over the line following Jon Daly's wayward defensive header from a corner.

  60. 15:41: 
    CLOSE!

    Rangers striker Jon Daly rises to meet David Templeton's inswinging cross and heads just wide of the Albion Rovers goal.

  61. 15:37: 

    Rangers have a spell of pressure with some deliveries into the box but Albion Rovers are up to task and clear their lines.

  62. 15:33: 

    And the visitors are first to threaten with Liam Cusack directing a shot wide of Cammy Bell's goal.

  63. 15:31: 
    KICK-OFF

    Albion Rovers begin their first Scottish Cup quarter-final in 80 years.

  64. 15:25: 

    The semi-final draw will follow the match at Ibrox.

  65.  
    James Ward, Albion Rovers manager

    "The boys have got a plan for the game. We've got to deal with the undeterminables. They've got to deal with the day, which is the crowd and the atmosphere where they're not used to. But I'm pretty confident in the early part of the game with their discipline they'll deal with that."

  66. 15:20: 

    However, Albion Rovers can take heart from their Scottish Cup run so far, having beaten Premiership side Motherwell and Rangers' fellow League One side, Stenhousemuir

  67. 15:18: 

    These two sides met earlier in the season in the Ramsdens Cup. On that occasion, Rangers won 4-0.

  68. 15:12: 

    The referee at Ibrox Stadium is John Beaton.

  69. 15:11: 

    Rangers: Bell, Foster, McCulloch, Mohsni, Wallace, Aird, Black, Law, Templeton, Shiels, Daly. Subs: Peralta, Simonsen, Crawford, Emilson Cribari, Little, Faure, Steven Smith.

    Albion Rovers: Parry, Reid, Michael Dunlop, Ross Dunlop, Russell, Ciaran Donnelly, Phillips, Chaplain, Cusack, McGuigan, Dallas. Subs: Innes, Flood, McGinley, Crawford, Tiffney, Walker, Kennedy.

  70. 15:10: 

    So, one more semi-final place available and Rangers and Albion Rovers will battle it out for the right to join Aberdeen, Dundee United and St Johnstone in the draw.

  71. 14:50: 

    I'll be back shortly with news from Ibrox.

  72. 14:47: 

    The video stream of our coverage from the Highlands has now finished. There will be BBC Radio Scotland coverage of the final quarter-final, Rangers v Albion Rovers.

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    Chris McIvor, Blantyre: "Caley will be relegation fodder next season under Hughes. No shape at all. United for the cup."

    Colin, Fife: "can referees not have a bit of common sense I know they have to abide by the letter of the game but when a team is getting absolutely annihilated do they really have to send more than one player off the game was already a lost cause for Caley when it was 4-0."

  74.  
    John Hughes, Inverness CT manager

    "You're never going to win a football match if you concede the goals we conceded - very uncharacteristic of us. With the sendings-off, we were up against and it was damage limitation after that."

  75.  
    Jackie McNamara, Dundee United manager

    "Absolutely delighted. I think we worked hard, we matched them. A lot of good performances and I thought we deserved to win."

  76. 14:25: 

    Dundee United join Aberdeen and St Johnstone in the draw for the last four. Rangers and Albion Rovers will contest the final place in the hat later this afternoon.

  77. 14:17: 
    FULL-TIME- Inverness CT 0-5 Dundee Utd

    It's all over and Dundee United are in the semi-finals after goals from Nadir Ciftci, Gavin Gunning, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong. Miserable day for Inverness with Greg Tansey and Marley Watkins sent off.

  78. 14:17: 
    INJURY TIME

    One minute of stoppage time begins.

  79. 14:16: 

    Brian Graham fires well over the Inverness crossbar from wide on the right.

  80.  
    Gary Mackay-Steven celebrates after scoring for Dundee United against Inverness Gary Mackay-Steven was one of Dundee United's scorers in the Highlands
  81. 14:11: 

    Dundee United just running the clock down by spraying the ball around. The Inverness players look weary.

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    Tmac: "Are these refs and suits trying 2 destroy fitba by banning tackling all together. Never red cards."

  83. 14:06: 

    Having lost heavily to Celtic in the league last week, Inverness face the prospect of successive 5-0 defeats.

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  85. 14:04: 

    This match is starting to peter out. Rangers v Albion Rovers is coming up at 15:30 GMT, followed by the Scottish Cup semi-final draw.

  86. 14:00: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Tempers beginning to boil over. Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven trips Graeme Shinnie and is booked.

  87.  
    Liam McLeod, Sportscene commentator

    "Things can't get much worse for John Hughes."

  88. 13:57: 
    RED CARD

    The second straight red card of the day. Marley Watkins is promptly dismissed following a lunge on Paul Paton.

  89. 13:55: 

    Dundee United goalkeeper Farid El Alagui tries to squeeze away a shot after being found in the Inverness box but cannot get enough purchase on it, giving Dean Brill a comfortable save.

  90. 13:52: 

    Another shot from Billy McKay trickles harmlessly wide of the Dundee United goal.

  91. 13:49: 

    One of those United subs, Morgaro Gomis, won the Scottish Cup in his first spell with the club. Could he do it again in Jackie McNamara's side?

  92. 13:47: 

    Double change for United with Morgaro Gomis and Brian Graham on for John Rankin and Nadir Ciftci.

  93. 13:46: 

    Billy McKay fires into the side-netting in a rare sight of goal for Inverness.

  94. 13:43: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-5 Dundee Utd (Armstrong)

    Stuart Armstrong's bullet header turns Keith Watson's cross into the net for Dundee United's fifth.

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  96. 13:40: 

    Dundee United make their first change with Farid El Alagui replacing Ryan Dow.

  97. 13:38: 

    Inverness really needed to get the first goal of this second period and it's difficult to see anything other than a United win now.

  98.  
    John Robertson, BBC Radio Scotland pundit

    "That's United in cruise control now."

  99. 13:35: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-4 Dundee Utd (Mackay-Steven)

    It's another breakaway from Dundee United with Gary Mackay-Steven retrieving a clearance on the halfway line and cantering through before slipping the ball beyond Dean Brill.

  100. 13:32: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Graeme Shinnie takes the game by the scruff of the neck with a powerful low drive that Dundee United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak beats away.

  101. 13:31: 
    KICK-OFF

    Inverness begin what they hope will be a very different second half.

  102. 13:30: 

    Second half at the Caledonian Stadium coming up.

  103.  
    Gavin Gunning scores a penalty for Dundee United against Inverness Gunning's penalty put Dundee United three goals ahead at the break
  104. 13:19: 

    Inverness midfielder Greg Tansey's red card means that he will be suspended for Wednesday's league match against Hibernian.

  105. 13:16: 
    HALF-TIME- Inverness CT 0-3 Dundee Utd

    It's hard to imagine such contrasting emotions between two sides at half-time. United were gifted a second goal after getting ahead and then won a penalty for the third before Greg Tansey saw red for Inverness.

  106. 13:15: 

    The sole of Tansey's boot certainly caught Paton and referee Willie Collum deemed it a sending off offence.

  107. 13:14: 
    RED CARD

    It just gets worse for Inverness as Greg Tansey is dismissed for a challenge on Paul Paton.

  108. 13:10: 

    An attack that typifies Caley Thistle's first half as Richie Foran stretches to reach a long ball but just cannot retrieve it after getting in behind the United defence.

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    Dougie Kinnear: "Hoping Caley have the same awful defending next Sunday! Comical stuff! #bbcsportscot #ScottishCup"

  110. 13:09: 

    It's been a dream first half for Jackie McNamara and his Dundee United players. Still plenty of time for Inverness to mount a comeback but the Taysiders must feel like they have one foot in the semi-finals.

  111.  
    John Robertson, BBC Radio Scotland pundit

    "He absolutely thrashed it past Dean Brill."

  112. 13:06: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-3 Dundee Utd (Gunning, pen)

    Gavin Gunning takes the responsibility himself and thumps the ball into the net, giving Dean Brill no chance.

  113. 13:06: 
    PENALTY

    Graeme Shinnie trips Gavin Gunning in the box and Dundee United have a penalty.

  114. 13:05: 
    CLOSE!

    Dean Brill saves at the feet of Keith Watson after Nadir Ciftci heads across the Inverness box.

  115. 13:02: 

    The hosts have a real dilemma now. If they chase this game, they will leave themselves open at the back and Nadir Ciftci is giving them a torrid time.

  116.  
    Billy Dodds, Sportscene pundit

    "I don't know what the Inverness defence are thinking. It's catastrophic defending."

  117. 13:00: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Inverness try to respond and Graeme Shinnie batters in a shot from the left that is beaten away by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

  118. 12:58: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-2 Dundee Utd (Ciftci)

    If the Inverness defending was poor for United's first goal, it was even worse this time. United counter from a corner with Nadir Ciftci chasing a long ball, keeper Dean Brill's clearance cannons off Josh Meekings and falls conveniently for Ciftci to turn home.

  119. 12:55: 

    Marley Watkins is upended by John Rankin and from the free-kick Inverness apply some pressure. David Raven's cross appears to be deflected out off a Dundee Untied man but a goal kick is awarded, much to the home side's dismay.

  120. 12:51: 
    CLOSE!

    A lot more urgency about the Inverness play now. They win a free-kick and Greg Tansey's delivery is nodded across by Gary Warren for Billy McKay, who cannot keep his header down.

  121. 12:50: 

    United scored with the first real effort at goal. Now Inverness need to find a response.

    Billy McKay goes down following a challenge from Paul Paton and though the Inverness striker gets back to his feet, he still looks in a bit of pain.

  122. 12:46: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-1 Dundee Utd (Ciftci)

    Nadir Ciftci chases down John Rankin's chipped pass, nods the ball past the onrushing Dean Brill and passes the ball into the unguarded net. Superb composure from the striker but poor Inverness defending.

  123.  
    Scott Davie, BBC Radio Scotland commentator

    "Neither goalkeeper called into action so far but it has been 100mph stuff."

  124. 12:43: 

    It's a busy few days ahead for Inverness with the league visit of Hibernian coming up on Wednesday and then the Scottish League Cup final against Aberdeen next Sunday. How they would love a win today to start the week off.

  125. 12:40: 

    Andrew Robertson, fresh from making his Scotland debut in midweek, initiates a Dundee United attack with a crossfield ball but his teammates just cannot find any space in the Inverness half. Fairly typical of the opening to this match.

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    Andrew, Richhill: "When Terry Butcher left Inverness earlier on in the season it looked for a while that they were beginning to become a club in decline, but now they've reached their first major Final in the League Cup, and they'll have a great chance of reaching another Cup Final if they can find a way past Dundee United today."

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    Andrew Priestley: "Huge game today, the winner of Inverness vs Dundee United will have a real shout of winning the Scottish Cup. #bbcsportscot"

  128. 12:36: 

    Certainly a competitive start to the match but no real pattern to it yet.

  129. 12:32: 

    Some excitement for the home fans as Inverness burst forward but United mop up and move upfield.

  130. 12:31: 
    KICK-OFF

    The match is underway.

  131. 12:29: 

    Both sets of players make their way on to the pitch.

  132. 12:28: 

    Getting closer to kick-off and it's a wet day at the Caledonian Stadium.

  133.  
    Jackie McNamara, Dundee United manager

    "I expect a hard game, a difficult game but it's one we're looking forward to and it's an opportunity to get to a semi-final."

  134.  
    John Hughes, Inverness CT manager

    "I expect to win the football match. We've got great respect for Dundee United. We're at home, we have to make sure that we take that advantage."

  135. 12:24: 

    The referee at the Caledonian Stadium is Willie Collum.

  136. 12:23: 

    Inverness CT: Brill, Raven, Warren, Meekings, Shinnie, Watkins, Vincent, Tansey, Doran, Foran, McKay. Subs: Esson, Ross, Devine, Tremarco, Williams, Polworth, Christie.

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Watson, Gunning, Dillon, Robertson, Paton, Rankin, Armstrong, Dow, Mackay-Steven, Ciftci. Subs: Butcher, Graham, Wilson, Souttar, McCallum, Gomis, El Alagui.

  137. 12:22: 

    There is not too much to choose between the two sides in the league table with both on 44 points and United just ahead on goal difference, having played a game more.

  138. 12:20: 

    Let's turn attention to the Caledonian Stadium. Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United are no strangers to one another of course, having met three times already this season.

    Caley Thistle have the edge in terms of results, having beaten United in the Scottish Premiership and League Cup in the first half of the season. The most recent league encounter ended in a draw.

  139. 12:19: 

    Let me know your thoughts on today's matches, or indeed yesterday's games. I'm sure many Dons and Saints fans are already dreaming of reaching the final...

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  142. 12:17: 

    And, after the match at Ibrox, the semi-final draw will take place.

  143. 12:15: 

    Later, it's Rangers v Albion Rovers. There will also be live commentary of this match on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online.

  144. 12:13: 

    First up is our live TV match, Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee United. You can watch it on BBC One Scotland and online while there is also live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online.

  145. 12:12: 

    St Johnstone then Aberdeen secured their place in the semi-final draw yesterday and the final two places are up for grabs today.

  146. 12:10: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to today's Scottish Cup quarter-final coverage.

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