St. Johnstone – Rangers 0: 1: Borna Barisic secures the promotion in the Scottish Cup for the guests

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers: Borna Barisic’s brilliant goal just before half-time sees Michael Beale’s side advance to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup after a nervous encounter at McDiarmid Park

  • Barisic’s thunderous strike helped Rangers beat St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup
  • The defender’s goal came from Fashion Sakala, who hit the post
  • Michael Beale has won eight and drawn one since taking over as Rangers boss

Rangers have moved uneasy into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup thanks to an unlikely winner by Borna Barisic against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

Towards the end of a dull first half, the Gers left-back fired from 16 yards for his first goal in almost two seasons and it proved crucial in a 1-0 win.

The fourth-round tie had been the subject of a ticket row between Saints fans and the Perth club board after three stands were allocated to Gers supporters and home support appeared to be in the hundreds.

Rangers entered the fifth round of the Scottish Cup uneasy after beating St Johnstone

Rangers entered the fifth round of the Scottish Cup uneasy after beating St Johnstone

Borna Barisic shot a powerful shot into the net just before the half-time break

Borna Barisic shot a powerful shot into the net just before the half-time break

However, the advantage the Govan men had in the crowd hardly translated to the pitch and generally it was an unconvincing and arduous performance by the Ibrox men.

Michael Beale has won eight and drawn one since taking over as Light Blues boss, but there is still work to be done as he seeks to rebuild the squad.

Amid the ongoing debate over the merits of Rangers goalkeepers, 40-year-old Allan McGregor was back between the posts, with Ryan Jack and Malik Tillman also returning.

The Saints had lost their last five games and boss Callum Davidson heralded the changes, with James Brown, Cammy MacPherson, Daniel Phillips, Melker Hallberg and Connor McLennan returning to the squad, which ran out to see around 7,000 fans traveling and made it feel like the game was at Ibrox.

The fourth-round tie had previously been the subject of a ticket series between the two clubs

The fourth-round tie had previously been the subject of a ticket series between the two clubs

It was once again far from a brilliant start for Rangers, however, but they had the first chance in the 16th minute when Ryan Kent crossed from the left to fellow attacker Fashion Sakala, but the latter fired a wild volley wide .

The home side fought their corner, throwing the ball in the Gers box on almost every opportunity to capitalize on the reluctance present this season.

Rangers failed to find momentum, but in the 38th minute Barisic curled a free-kick wide of Remi Matthews’ left post from 25 yards out.

It looked like the first half would end goalless as St Johnstone defender James Brown came off with an eye injury and was replaced by Graham Carey but Govan’s men batted.

Barisic's goal came from Fashion Sakala, who just hit the post seconds earlier

Barisic’s goal came from Fashion Sakala, who just hit the post seconds earlier

Sakala took a clever pass from Tillman and smashed into the far post with a low drive, smacking Matthews, but the oncoming Barisic quickly powered the rebound from inside the box and scored his first goal since a penalty against Royal Antwerp in February 2021

Barisic almost set up Rangers’ second goal in the 56th minute when he headed in a corner that was caught by the head of his defender Connor Goldson, but Matthews made a fantastic save and the home side cleared to safety.

Both teams came off the bench. For the home side, Nicky Clark and Theo Blair replaced Stevie May and Hallberg, while Rangers brought on Scott Wright and Glen Kamara for Sakala and Tillman before Gers midfielder Jack went wide with a shot from distance.

Michael Beale has won eight and drawn one since taking over as Rangers boss in November

Michael Beale has won eight and drawn one since taking over as Rangers boss in November

Wright saved Matthews well with a curling shot before forward Alfredo Morelos cleared a poorly hit close-range shot from defender Andy Considine down the line.

At the other end, Rangers skipper James Tavernier lobbed a Blair flick off the line after the visitors’ defense conceded their first real chance.

In the final minute of regular time, Clark tested McGregor with a decent drive and Rangers held on nervously at times in the closing minutes.

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