Annan Athletic might be the underdogs heading into this match, but the squad have a lot more experience within the competition this season due to the fact that they entered in the second round.
The squad comfortably beat Jeanfield Swifts 3-1 at that stage, and they followed that up by defeating Gala Fairydean Rovers, but their fourth-round match was a much closer encounter.
It was a seven-goal thriller that brought them to this point, with extra-time goals from Robb McCartney and Iain Anderson ensuring they came from behind to win 4-3 in order to face Rangers.
Now they face their toughest challenge yet, but Peter Murphy’s side have been performing well in the Scottish League Two this season, and they are in the mix for promotion, currently sitting in third place.
Annan have already gone much further than last season, having been knocked out in the second round previously, but the squad will be hoping to provide a major upset to earn their place in the quarter-finals.
Rangers will also be wanting to be part of the final eight, as they were defeated at that stage in the competition last season by the eventual winners St Johnstone, via a penalty shootout. s
The Gers shall be keen to continue their recent form as the squad is looking to get their season back on track after a difficult start to 2022, which saw them drop down into second place following a loss to Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.
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However, since that point Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men have been back to their dominant best, picking up consecutive victories where they have been strong both defensively and in the attack.
Allan McGregor has kept clean sheets in both of those games, while Rangers have found the back of the net seven times in that period, which included an emphatic 5-0 win against Hearts.
Their most recent outing saw the Gers earn three points by beating Hibernian 2-0 with James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos getting on the scoresheet, and that is something they would like to replicate this time around