02/03/20: Highlights of the weekend’s Scottish Cup Quarter final Ties. Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts and Hibs all progress to the Semi-Finals.
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St Johnstone 0-1 Celtic
BBC REPORT: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51601998
Ryan Christie’s late goal booked holders Celtic’s a Scottish Cup semi-final date with Aberdeen at the expense of dogged St Johnstone in Perth.
The midfielder’s free-kick from the right beat Zander Clark, with defender Christopher Jullien claiming a touch.
Celtic had pummelled the hosts, Odsonne Edouard striking a post as they sought a 34th-straight domestic cup win.
St Johnstone came close through Jamie McCart but ultimately failed to keep the dominant champions at bay.
Neil Lennon’s side join Edinburgh clubs Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian as well as their last-four opponents as they pursue a fourth-consecutive domestic treble.
St Mirren 0-2 Aberdeen
BBC REPORT: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51595104
Aberdeen reached the Scottish Cup semi-final for the fifth time under Derek McInnes as they saw off St Mirren at the Simple Digital Arena.
Lewis Ferguson’s early goal and Sam Cosgrove’s penalty were enough to seal Aberdeen’s place in the last four.
The visitors raced out of the traps, but after their early goal were content to sit in and frustrate the home side.
Jim Goodwin’s side could not find a way through Aberdeen’s sea of red shirts before Cosgrove’s late spot kick.
Aberdeen now wait to find out who they will face in the draw which follows St Johnstone’s clash with Celtic on Sunday, with Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian already in the hat.
Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Rangers
BBC REPORT: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51595103
Hearts stunned Rangers for the second time this season to knock them out of the Scottish Cup in a fiery quarter-final at Tynecastle.
Rangers, who were without Alfredo Morelos after he was dropped due to a disciplinary issue, suffered defeat away to the Premiership’s bottom side after also doing so last month.
Oliver Bozanic drove Hearts ahead from a defensive mix-up, and they could have increased their lead in a strong showing that also saw Steven Naismith go close late on.
Hearts, who had a goal disallowed in the first half for an extraordinary Loic Damour handball, will find out their opponents in Sunday’s semi-final draw, and they could be paired with Edinburgh rivals Hibernian after they beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Friday.
Hibernian 5-2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
BBC REPORT: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51585973
A rampant Hibernian demolished Inverness Caledonian Thistle to storm into the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
Adam Jackson, Scott Allan and Greg Docherty put the hosts 3-0 up at Easter Road after Paul Hanlon had been denied from the spot by Mark Ridgers.
The Championship side pulled one back through Carl Tremarco, only for Brad Mckay to be sent off a minute later.
Stephane Omeonga and Jamie Gullan added late strikes in an emphatic victory prior to Nikolay Todorov’s consolation.
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