Partick Thistle, Hibernian and Dundee United all booked their place in Monday’s William Hill Scottish Cup Sixth Round draw in an entertaining Saturday of action.
Steven Anderson once again proved to be a canny January signing for Partick Thistle as he grabbed a second half winner in the Jags’ 1-0 win over East Fife. Gary Caldwell’s side will be delighted to have progressed and to have kept a clean sheet in windy conditions at Bayview.
At Easter Road, 2016’s winners Hibernian ensured victory thanks to first half goals from Daryl Horgan and Vykintas Slivka, while deadline day signing Marc McNulty scored his maiden goal for the Hibees in the second half. Raith Rovers pulled one back through Euan Murray on 75 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to mount a full comeback.
St Mirren hosted Dundee United in Paisley and it was the visitors who opened the scoring. Pavol Safranko scored the first goal of the Fifth Round to make it 1-0, before Nicky Clark made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time.
Callum Butcher saw red for a high challenge on Ryan Flynn after an hour gone. St Mirren capitalised on their man advantage to make it 2-1 through Duckens Nazon on 75 minutes to set up a tense end to the match, but United held firm, much to the delight of Robbie Neilson.
The late afternoon kick-off saw the tantalising prospect of Kilmarnock against Rangers at Rugby Park. A tremendous penalty save from Killie’s Daniel Bachmann was the highlight of a competitive, hard-fought encounter. The sides will replay at Ibrox on Wednesday, 20 February at 7.45pm.
With four matches played, we are halfway through the Fifth Round, and there is plenty more action across the next two days, with the Sixth Round draw taking place on Monday evening, live on BBC Scotland.
Sunday 10 February
Celtic v St Johnstone (kick-off 1.30pm, live on Premier Sports)
Heart of Midlothian v Auchinleck Talbot
Aberdeen v Queen of the South (kick-off 3.30pm, live on BBC Scotland)
Monday 11 February
Ross County v Inverness Caledonian Thistle (kick-off 7.15pm, live on BBC Scotland)