Scottish League Cup: Rangers thump Peterhead
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 09/08/16 11:02pm
Niko Kranjcar scored and provided two assists as Rangers beat Peterhead 5-0 to cruise into the Betfred Cup quarter-finals.
The former Croatia international has faced questions over his fitness levels since putting in an ineffective display in Saturday's 1-1 Scottish Premiership draw Hamilton.
But he looked stronger and sharper against Jim McInally's team as he completed another hour of action.
And there were more signs of what the ex-Portsmouth, Tottenham and QPR playmaker can offer after he slammed home his side's opener (18) as well as laying on two goals for defender Clint Hill (35, 56).
An own goal from Peterhead defender Fiarce Kelleher (48) and Joe Dodoo's (65) first Ibrox strike put the seal on a miserable night for the League One minnows, who ended the match with 10 men after midfielder Nathan Blockley received a straight red card for a wild lunge on Joey Barton.
Elsewhere, Inverness have been eliminated after suffering a humbling 1-0 defeat at Alloa Athletic.
Jason Marr (28) scored the winner for the League One side, who reach the last eight for only the fourth time in their history.
Hamilton are also out after losing 2-1 at home to Championship side Morton.
Dougie Imrie (8) opened the scoring for the home side from the penalty spot, but they failed to build on that and were made to pay, with Ross Forbes (59) and Jai Quitongo (63) grabbing the win for Morton.
Cameron Smith scored a first-half hat-trick as Dundee United claimed a 3-1 victory over Partick Thistle, with Sean Welsh (65) netting a consolation from the penalty spot.
Queen of the South booked their place in the quarter-finals after winning 3-1 away at Hibernian.
Paul Hanlon (22) put Neil Lennon's side in control at Easter Road, but goals from Stephen Dobbie (66), Grant Anderson (82) and Lyndon Dykes (86) ensured the visitors progressed to the next round.