04 Mar 5 things we learned from the Scottish Cup this weekend
Celtic, Rangers and Motherwell all won in the Scottish Cup this weekend while Aberdeen drew with Kilmarnock.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at the major talking points from the quarter-finals.
1. The hot balls theory is further debunked
Celtic and Rangers were drawn together in the semi-finals for the third consecutive year and for the fifth time in four seasons in both major cup competitions. Old Firm semi-finals had previously been a rarity – there were only four encounters in the Scottish Cup in 90 years before this run.
2. Jason Cummings has made his case to face Celtic
With Jamie Murphy out with a foot injury seven days before the champions visit Ibrox, Graeme Murty was hoping Jason Cummings would show he could step in should the winger fail to recover. Cummings did just that with a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Falkirk. The striker may not have enjoyed his slot out on the left flank as much as his normal role through the middle but his first senior treble is proof that the former Hibernian forward can be a threat wherever he is asked to play.
3. Carl McHugh can score with his right foot
The left-sided midfielder stunned Hearts and the whole of Fir Park with a glorious 25-yard volley into the top corner with his weaker foot to send Motherwell into a semi-final meeting with Aberdeen or Kilmarnock. Team-mate Ryan Bowman could only put his head in his hands in shock and manager Stephen Robinson admitted he could not have foreseen the outcome.
4. Kilmarnock are getting even harder to beat
Steve Clarke has lost more games to Aberdeen than the rest of the Premiership – two losses against the Dons and one against Hibs the only blips in a remarkable start to his Killie managerial career. But Kris Boyd’s second-half penalty ensured it would not be a hat-trick of defeats against Aberdeen and Killie have the chance to go one better at Rugby Park on March 13.
5. Marvin Compper might need some time to settle
The German defender began his Celtic career with a wayward pass straight to Morton forward Gary Oliver but the Hoops survived the scare and the centre-back had a relatively quiet debut in a 3-0 quarter-final win. With a trip to Ibrox to follow, the former RB Leipzig player might have to wait longer for a league debut following his return from a calf injury.