Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
Rangers1Raith Rovers2

Rangers 1-2 Raith Rovers

  • Raith Rovers into Scottish Cup quarter-finals
  • Rovers' first win over Rangers at Ibrox since 1959
  • Rangers lost five of the last nine
  • Watched by crowd of only 11,422

Raith Rovers beat Rangers at Ibrox for the first time since November 1959 to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals and add to the Glasgow side's woes.

Ryan Conroy curled in an excellent second-half free-kick to give Grant Murray's men the lead.

It was short-lived with on-loan Haris Vuckic levelling on his Rangers debut.

Rovers still looked the more likely to find a winner and Christian Nade took advantage of a defensive mix-up to fire home the decisive goal.

It was a blunt performance from Rangers, and this exit follows semi-final defeats in the League Cup to Celtic and to Alloa in the Petrofac Training Cup.

For Rovers boss Murray, who had seen his team lose 4-0 and 6-1 to Rangers in the Championship this season, it was a second cup success over the Ibrox outfit after the Challenge Cup final win last season.

Rangers have now lost five of their last nine matches in all competitions, while falling 19 points behind Hearts in the Scottish Championship during a troubled period on and off the pitch.

On-loan Newcastle men Vuckic and Remie Streete - two of the five players who joined Rangers from St James' Park during the week - started in Kenny McDowall's side, who are four places above Rovers in the league table.

It was an eerie atmosphere at Ibrox, save for a small band of fans chanting their displeasure at the board in the sparse 11,422 crowd.

After an uneventful start, Nade provided a nervy moment when he directed a Grant Anderson cross the wrong side of the post.

Christian Nade fired home the winning goal after a Steve Simonsen and Ricky Foster failed to clear.
Christian Nade fired home the winning goal after a Steve Simonsen and Ricky Foster failed to clear.

At the other end, Ricky Foster twice delivered a good cross from the right onto the head of Jon Daly, the second of which produced a fine save from David McGurn.

Again, though, Rovers threatened and only the slightest touch from Foster managed to nudge Paul Watson's header onto the post and into the grateful hands of Steve Simonsen.

Dale Carrick could have given the visitors a half-time lead had he not rushed a shot at goal after Black lost possession in midfield.

Rovers had fired enough warnings and they broke the deadlock when Conroy's free-kick gave them the lead.

It sparked a reaction and when Kyle Hutton picked out Vuckic on the left hand side, he was able to pick his spot in the far corner.

However, the hosts could not get a grip of the game as Rovers continued to fancy their chances, and they fell behind for a second time.

Simonsen and Foster got themselves into a mess trying to clear Jason Thomson's low ball and the ball squirmed its way to Nade who thumped the loose ball into the empty net.

Anderson went close to a third with Simonsen having to block his shot, but substitute Kris Boyd should have forced a replay when he sent a free header wide in front of goal.

It told the story of the game that even with five minutes added on it was the visitors who created the better chances as they comfortably secured a last eight spot.

Just 11,422 were at Ibrox for the Scottish Cup last 16 tie.
Just 11,422 were at Ibrox for the Scottish Cup last-16 tie
On-loan defender Remie Streete hobbled off injured before half-time.
On-loan defender Remie Streete hobbled off injured before half-time
Ryan Conroy and team-mates celebrate
Ryan Conroy (second from left) gave Raith Rovers the lead with a curling free-kick
Raith Rovers won at Ibrox for the first time since 1959 to make it into the Scottish Cup last eight.
Raith Rovers won at Ibrox for the first time since 1959 to make it into the Scottish Cup last eight

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 31Simonsen
  • 23FosterBooked at 70mins
  • 28StreeteSubstituted forMcGregorat 44'minutes
  • 6McCullochBooked at 45mins
  • 5Wallace
  • 8BlackSubstituted forMurdochat 74'minutes
  • 20Hutton
  • 7Law
  • 18Miller
  • 10Vuckic
  • 9DalySubstituted forBoydat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Aird
  • 14Clark
  • 15Boyd
  • 22Shiels
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Robinson
  • 34Murdoch

Raith Rovers

  • 20McGurn
  • 2ThomsonBooked at 51mins
  • 4Watson
  • 5Hill
  • 23McKeown
  • 7Anderson
  • 8Moon
  • 12Callachan
  • 14Conroy
  • 18CarrickSubstituted forStewartat 51'minutes
  • 27NadeSubstituted forScottat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 6Fox
  • 9Stewart
  • 11Scott
  • 16Vaughan
  • 31Matthews
  • 55Barr
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
11,422

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 1, Raith Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Raith Rovers 2.

Attempt missed. Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Rangers).

Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Richard Foster (Rangers).

Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Rangers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Martin Scott replaces Christian Nade.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Rangers).

Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ross Callachan.

Attempt saved. Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Grant Anderson.

Richard Foster (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin Moon (Raith Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 1, Raith Rovers 2. Christian Nade (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jason Thomson.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Andy Murdoch replaces Ian Black.

Attempt missed. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Richard Foster (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Richard Foster (Rangers).

Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Lee McCulloch.

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Kevin Moon (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kris Boyd replaces Jon Daly.

Foul by Kyle Hutton (Rangers).

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 1, Raith Rovers 1. Haris Vuckic (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kyle Hutton.

Attempt missed. Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 0, Raith Rovers 1. Ryan Conroy (Raith Rovers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Kyle Hutton (Rangers).

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Haris Vuckic (Rangers).

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