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Summary

  1. Celtic and Rangers reach fifth round
  2. Celtic's Leigh Griffiths scores twice
  3. Carlton Cole scores first Celtic goal
  4. Rangers thrash Cowdenbeath 5-1
  5. Martyn Waghorn scores a hat-trick

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for now

That's all from me for now. Join us again on Tuesday evening for more Scottish Cup action, with Dundee hoping to have their pitch ready for their re-arranged tie at home to Falkirk and the replay between Ross County and Dunfermline Athletic.

There is also a Scottish Championship game between Raith Rovers and Alloa Athletic.

Flare up

The only problem for Celtic this afternoon could be those flares that appeared on the Stair Park pitch before kick off. 

It has been a problem among a number of club's fans this season and it does not seem to be going away despite the authorities issuing fines and clubs banning fans.

The match delegate's report will be awaited with interest no doubt.

Stokes decision

With Carlton Cole scoring, there seems no way back at Celtic this season for Anthony Stokes and manager Ronny Deila stressed again before kick-off that the striker is likely to leave on loan.

Where he will go was the talk of the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page, with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Dundee United and Hibernian all known to be keen.

Reports in the Sunday newspapers suggest that Stokes would prefer to join Hibernian in the Championship rather than team up again with John Hughes in the Highlands, having worked with the manager at both Easter Road and Falkirk.

Toby Michaels: "So Stokes would rather play in the Championship than with a good team? No ambition. No wonder Celtic barely play him now."

EL Craigyboy: "Rumors were strong yesterday in Inverness and also in Stirling that it's nearly a done deal. So let's not worry yet."

Dan Finn: "Hibs are a more attractive option than Caley or the Arabs."

Stranraer manager Brian Reid on BBC Radio Scotland

"We knew they were going to have most of the possession, but we wanted to have a wee go.

"I was disappointed at the manner of the two goals we lost.

"No matter who you are playing, if you stand off people you are going to get punished.

"I am proud of the players. They put in a great shift."

Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

Stranraer 0-3 Celtic

"It is tough to play away in the early rounds and the pitch was tough as well.

"Stranraer started well, but after that we were comfortable and should have scored more goals.

"We did very well."

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths on BBC Radio Scotland

Stranraer 0-3 Celtic

"It is all about getting into the next round and that first goal calmed everything down.

"It is a big ask for an 18-year-old to come in and Max Currie's double save in the first half was outstanding.

"Hopefully he can keep his feet on the ground and have a big future in the game."

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Bonner

At Stair Park

"The way they went about the game was 95% excellent. The one slight disappointment was that Kris Commons did not get involved enough and was taken off." 

Glasgow double

So Celtic join city rivals Rangers, who thrashed Cowdenbeath earlier, who will take their place in Monday's fifth-round draw in the Scottish Cup after a comfortable win over Stranraer.

FULL-TIME - Stranraer 0-3 Celtic

Stranraer 0-3 Celtic

Stranraer goalkeeper Max Currie is congratulated by Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths
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Stranraer goalkeeper Max Currie has had a fine game but could not stop Celtic goal machine Leigh Griffiths

GREAT SAVE! Stranraer 0-3 Celtic

Leigh Griffiths is denied a hat-trick as his curling drive to the back post is turned round the post by Stranraer goalkeeper Scott Currie at full stretch. Scott Allan's corner whips off the top of the crossbar.

GOAL - Stranraer 0-3 Celtic (Leigh Griffiths)

There's no change for Max Currie this time as Scott Allan plays the ball through to Leigh Griffiths and the striker holds off a challenge before cleverly slotting his shot past the goalkeeper with the outside of the foot.

Stranraer 0-2 Celtic

Max Currie to Stranraer's rescue again, the goalkeeper saving at the feet of Celtic midfielder Scott Allan.

Stranraer 0-2 Celtic

Another good save from teenager Max Currie, standing up to save a shot from Leigh Griffiths, but the Celtic striker should have done better than fire straight at the goalkeeper. 

Stranraer 0-2 Celtic

Stranraer fail to make the best of a rare chance as Steven Bell heads on from a corner and it reaches Craig Malcolm only four yards from goal.

However, the striker fails to connect properly with his header and goalkeeper Logan Bailly makes a scrambled save on the goalline.

Stranraer 0-2 Celtic

Celtic hand a rare appearance to on-loan defender Tyler Blackett, the Manchester United player who has hardly set the heather on fire since coming to Scotland. He replaces Kieran Tierney.

Stranraer 0-2 Celtic

Cetlic manger Ronny Deila's experiment with two up front comes to an end as a tiring Carlton Cole is replaced with midfielder Scott Allan.

GREAT SAVE! Stranraer 0-2 Celtic

Nearly a spectacular goal from Leigh Griffiths as the striker fires a brilliant bicycle kick from just inside the penalty box and Stranraer goalkeeper Max Currie does well to stay alert and turn the thumping effort over the crossbar.

Stranraer 0-2 Celtic

Stranraer make a couple of changes in an attempt to find a way back into the game. 

Willie Gibson makes his first appearance since the winger's return to Stair Park from Dumbarton and comes on along with midfielder Andy Stirling to replace Sam McCloskey and Mark McGuigan.

Stranraer 0-2 Celtic

Amazing escape for Stranraer as Stefan Johansen weaves into the penalty box and forces the ball beyond Scott Robertson and goalkeeper Max Currie, but the defender does well to get back to his feet and hook it off the goalline.

Stranraer 0-2 Celtic

Stranraer defender Scott Rumsby shows amazing commitment, bravery, some might suggest stupidity, in his attempt to block a Kris Commons shot. The former Aberdeen youth slips inside the penalty box but stretches out his head towards the ball and the Celtic midfielder's boot and is lucky it is not ripped from his shoulders to follow the ball into the arms of goalkeeper Max Currie.

KICK-OFF Stranraer 0-2 Celtic

They are back underway at Stair Park, where the Celtic fans are in party mood with their team well on their way to taking their place in Monday's Scottish Cup fifth-round draw.

Cowdenbeath boss Colin Nish on BBC Radio Scotland

Rangers 5-1 Cowdenbeath

“I don’t think we can complain about the scoreline. Rangers had enough chances to score more. 

"We knew they would create chances, we knew it probably depended on how many they took, but I thought my boys were great. 

"They worked hard, they done exactly what we wanted. 

"We’re playing against a good side, a better side than we’ll play every week. 

"We wanted the boys to come and learn something today, watching Rangers passing and moving and I’m sure they’ll take that on.”

Cowdenbeath manager Colin Nish
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Cowdenbeath manager Colin Nish

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

At Stair Park

"It is going to be tough for Stranraer from now on. They need a spark from somewhere. They have had chances to test Celtic and not done it, but I don't think it is for the lack of quality. I just think it is down to levels of ability."

Cole in control

Carlton Cole rises to score against Stranraer
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Carlton Cole put Celtic 2-0 ahead at Stair Park with his first goal for the Scottish champions

BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson

At Stair Park

"Celtic are firmly in command of this tie. Their quality has told in the final third, where Callum MacGregor and Stefan Johansen have carried out the best of their work. Carlton Cole has been a handful with his physical power and his ability to hold up the ball. In difficult conditions, this has been a professional display by Celtic."

HALF-TIME - Stranraer 0-2 Celtic

GOAL Stranraer 0-2 Celtic (Carlton Cole)

Carlton Cole scores his first goal since joining Celtic after leaving West Ham as he towers above the Stranraer at the back post to head home from Nir Bitton's dinked cross.

GREAT SAVE! Stranraer 0-1 Celtic

Stranraer goalkeeper Max Currie produces a fine double save to deny Leigh Griffiths from close range.

GREAT SAVE! Stranraer 0-1 Celtic

Kris Commons attempts a curling chip from just outside the penalty box and it needs a good leap from Stranraer goalkeeper Max Currie to touch the ball over for a corner.

Stranraer 0-1 Celtic

Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring for Celtic at Stair Park
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Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring against Stranraer with his 21st goal of the season

Stranraer 0-1 Celtic

Celtic are starting to dominate possession, with the League One side now resorting to long balls out of defence. Confidence appears to be draining out of the home side.

Celtic fans let off smoke bombs at Stair Park
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Smoke bombs were set off at the Celtic end of Stair Park shortly before kick-off

Stranraer 0-1 Celtic

Leigh Griffiths goes close to a second goal as he flashes a drive over the Stranraer crossbar.

Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner on BBC Radio Scotland

"I expected Celtic to dominate possession after they got the first goal, but it has been Stranraer doing that."

PENALTY APPEAL

Celtic escape penalty appeals this time when Efe Ambrose looks to control a free-kick into the penalty box and the ball certainly comes off the arm of the defender.

GOAL - Stranraer 0-1 Celtic (Leigh Griffiths)

Despite that positive opening for Stranraer, Celtic make the breakthrough when Callum McGregor slips a ball behind the home defence and Leigh Griffiths fires past goalkeeper Max Currie from 12 yards for his 21st goal of the season.

PENALTY APPEAL - Stranraer v Celtic

Carlton Cole goes down as the big awkward striker tries to turn inside the Stranraer penalty box, but referee Andrew Dallas waves away Celtic's claims for a spot kick. The TV replays will be interesting on that one.

BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson

At Stair Park

"Ronny Deila has selected a strong starting line-up as Celtic look to ensure that there is no upset at Stair Park. Carlton Cole will look to impress and it will be interesting to see if there is a change in shape to allow him to play directly up front alongside Leigh Griffiths. There's a mix of youth and experience in the Stranraer side, and they will hope to make use of the conditions, with a strong wind cutting across the pitch."

Stranraer 0-0 Celtic

Logic would suggest that Stranraer should be an easier prospect for Celtic than Cowdenbeath were for Rangers considering the Blues sit a place below the Blue Brazil in League One.

However, Brian Reid's side have won their last two games, hammering Stenhousemuir 5-1 away from home before edging out second-top Ayr United 1-0.