Fraserburgh 0-3 Rangers: Josh Windass scores hat-trick in Scottish Cup cruise
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 31/01/18 10:10pm
Josh Windass scored a hat-trick as Rangers eased to a 3-0 victory at minnows Fraserburgh in a rearranged Scottish Cup tie.
The clash took place 59 years to the day that the Highland League minnows knocked Dundee - then one of Scotland's strongest sides sitting atop the old First Division - out of the cup to claim the biggest win in their history.
But a repeat of that giant-killing act never looked likely as Windass struck early (15) before adding another two after the break (55, 67) to send Graeme Murty's men into the fifth round.
The hosts ended the game with 10 men after substitute Graham Johnston was sent off late on but the game was long won, Rangers' reward a trip to Ayr on February 11.
The visitors had not looked comfortable as they ran out at the Brock's tiny home ground, perched just a goal-kick from the North Sea.
Mark Cowie's side adapted quicker to the swirling wind, with the manager's brother Ryan sweeping wide just five minutes in.
But Gers did belatedly get into their stride and made the breakthrough on the quarter-hour mark when Jason Holt - set free by Niko Kranjcar - was flattened by Cowie, allowing Windass to smash home.
The hosts were screaming for a spot-kick of their own as William West went down claiming a push in the back by Lee Hodson but this time the referee was not interested.
Former Croatia international Kranjcar provided another spark on 27 minutes as he rattled the crossbar following Andy Halliday's driving run.
It took 10 minutes into the second half for the Glasgow giants to put daylight between themselves and their opponents - and Kranjcar was involved again.
The former Tottenham star flicked on a cross for Jason Cummings, who failed to get a proper connection as he attempted a wild swipe but still managed to knock it on for Windass, who calmly dispatched home his second.
And the Englishman claimed the match ball midway through the second half as he drove in from the left before drilling past Tait at the near post.
Johnston had only been on the pitch a matter of moments when he got his marching orders in the 85th minute following a crude lunge on Joe Dodoo but the late flashpoint proved academic.