29 Jan How Celtic and Ross County made the semi-finals
3R: Celtic 2-0 Raith Rovers
Kris Commons opened the scoring for the League Cup holders, arrowing a shot into the bottom corner from around 25 yards. Stefan Johansen wrapped up the win with a fine solo effort before the end.
QF: Hearts 1-2 Celtic
Leigh Griffiths inspired the Hoops to a narrow quarter-final victory over Robbie Neilson’s men at Tynecastle. The former Hibs man opened the scoring slaloming past the Hearts defence before slotting the ball into the bottom corner and then produced another mesmerising run past the Jambos rearguard again to tee up Tom Rogic for the second. Arnaud Djoum grabbed a headed consolation for the hosts.
2R: Ross County 2-0 Ayr Utd
Liam Boyce has proved invaluable to the Staggies this season and he grabbed the opener for County in this match after neat play by Jackson Irvine. Boyce turned provider for the second as Gardyne curled a left-footed drive beyond Greg Fleming.
3R: Ross County 7-0 Falkirk
After the start the respective sides had made to the season not many saw this result coming. Liam Boyce netted a superb first-half hat-trick as Championship side Bairns struggled to cope with the aerial threat of the striker. Raffaele De Vita added a fourth shortly after the break before Jonathan Franks, Brian Graham and Darren Holden piled the misery on Peter Houston’s men.
QF: Inverness CT 1-2 Ross County
Jackson Irvine gave Staggies the advantage in this Highland derby with a glancing header before Gardyne added a second, curling a left-foot effort into the corner. Greg Tansey fizzed an effort from 30yards to halve the deficit but County held on for victory.