Rangers are looking to book their spot in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals this afternoon but must first overcome Hamilton Academical at New Douglas Park. The Gers have not won this competition since 2009, watching Celtic do so five times since then.

That sees the current Scottish champions having not won this tournament 39 times to Rangers’ 33.

And with the Light Blues without any of Scotland’s three major trophies since 2011, how Steven Gerrard could do with success this year.

Having lost the Scottish League Cup to Celtic in December and with the Hoops having built a seven-point lead in the Scottish Premiership, albeit having played one game more, Gerrard will know how much rides on this tie.

The Liverpudlian manager is confident however after a late Ianis Hagi goal sealed a comeback victory over Hibernian in midweek.

“I’ll be looking for the same standards, people being really tuned in to get the right result,” said the Rangers boss.

“This is a club that demands that you give everything in every competition, you can’t pick and choose.

“We’ll be going to Hamilton in decent shape, certainly on the back of the second-half performance against Hibs, which was extremely positive and very close to where we’ve been for most of the season. Hopefully we can take off from there.”

Rangers have won on all of their last seven trips to face Hamilton but Gerrard is wary of Accies.

“Every environment is different,” he said. “They are very effective on their pitch. They’ve got a good coach and they have players who can hurt you if you don’t defend properly.

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“Every time we’ve gone there, they’ve tried to stay in the game for as long as they can. We’ve had to finish them off late on.”

Hamilton Academical vs Rangers – Scottish Cup fifth round

Hamilton XI: Southwood, McGowan, McMann, Collar, Davies, Gogic, Winter, Easton, Dales, L. Smith, Hamilton.

Rangers XI: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Edmundson, Barisic, Kamara, Arfield, Aribo, Hagi, Kent, Morelos.



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