posted on Sep, 22 2004 @ 04:44 PM
Goals from Fernando Ricksen and Steven Thompson fired Rangers
into the quarter-finals of the CIS Insurance Cup and lifted the pressure off
manager Alex McLeish. The strikes came at the end of each half to seal a 2-0 win and maintain an unbeaten record against Aberdeen
to December 1999.
They may well have kept McLeish in a job as defeat at Pittodrie - where he was so successful as a player - could have pushed him closer to the brink
following a poor start to the season at home and abroad.
progression to the quarter-finals was comfortable in the end - but not before an early shock from Albion Rovers
. The Bell's
Third Division side must have had aspirations of a cup upset when Graeme McLaren handed them the lead after just seven minutes. But Hibs fought back
through two goals in 90 seconds from Stephen Dobbie and Dean Shiels late in the first half. The introduction of Garry O'Connor to proceedings at
half-time paid off when the big striker wrapped up the win with the third goal with less than 20 minutes to go.
The resurgence of David Hay's Dunfermline
continued as his side booked their place in the last eight at East End Park. Dunfermline were on a
high after recording their first win of the season against Hearts at the weekend. And despite Andy Dowie's first-half equaliser for Partick
three magic moments from Craig Brewster, Scott Thomson and Noel Hunt guided them through to the fourth round 3-1.
Second half goals from Richie Foran, Phil O'Donnell and Kevin McBride gave Motherwell
a well-deserved 3-1 win over Inverness Caledonian
. Terry Butcher's men were poor in the first half, but upped the pace significantly after the interval and blew the Highlanders away with
three clinical finishes. Ross Tokely got a goal back for the home side, but their efforts were undermined by a series of defensive mistakes. Much has
been made about the people of Inverness being denied the opportunity to see Premier League teams in action, but the paltry 1,464 crowd inside the
Caley Stadium suggests the enthusiasm generated by their First Division championship win last season has already waned.