Rangers' Steven Davis and Marco Paixao of Hamilton jostle for possession
By David McDaid
Hamilton and Rangers will meet again at Ibrox after serving up an action-packed draw in the Scottish Cup fourth round.
Rangers looked comfortable after Steven Whittaker and Kenny Miller fired them into a two-goal lead within 30 minutes.
But Simon Mensing pulled one back from a penalty, then Marco Paixao and Mickael Antoine-Curier completed an amazing Accies comeback by the break.
Miller levelled from the spot, and Accies finished with 10 men as Richard Hastings received a second yellow card.
The draw marks only the second time these clubs have ended all-square in the Scottish Cup, with the last time coming in 1913 when the score was 1-1.
But after half an hour at New Douglas Park few would have been able to imagine the eventual scoreline.
Despite showing energy form the kick-off Hamilton's enthusiasm was quickly dampened with just four minutes on the clock when Whittaker struck.
The hosts' defence was sloppy as they failed to clear Lee McCulloch's header from set-piece, succeeding only in nudging it into the path of Whittaker who thumped a volley past the helpless Tomas Cerny from 10 yards.
After such an early set-back Accies might have crumbled, but on the contrary they asserted themselves on their opponents.
Hastings wasted a wonderful chance to level when he blasted over Trent McClenahan's inch-perfect cross to the back post.
Moments later that poor miss appeared even more critical as Rangers went up-field anD doubled their advantage.
Accies' marking was poor as they afforded Miller time and space on the edge of the box to expertly bend a shot low inside Cerny's post.
With a 2-0 advantage many inside New Douglas Park may have thought the holders were in for a straightforward start to the defence of their trophy.
But on 39 minutes the home side were handed a lifeline from the penalty spot after Kirk Broadfoot barged Mark McLaughlin in the back. Mensing confidently stroked the ball past McGregor to mark the start of a remarkable comeback.
Five minutes later Paixao blasted in the equaliser from close range with the visitors' defence failing to deal with the bouncing ball.
And, incredibly, Accies went off at half-time in the lead thanks to a mixture of fortune and composure in stoppage time.
David Weir slipped when receiving a pass and Guadeloupe forward Antoine-Curier pounced, ran 20 yards towards goal and slipped a cool finish under McGregor and inside the far post.
To compound Rangers' misery, top-scorer Kris Boyd and midfield playmaker Steven Davis both hobbled off injured.
After the restart Rangers upped the tempo. McCulloch and Kyle Lafferty both went close, before they eventually restored parity from the penalty spot on 63 minutes.
Elliot handled the ball while prone on the ground and Miller got his second, sending Cerny the wrong way from 12 yards.
With 10 minutes remaining Hamilton were reduced to 10 men when Hastings received a second yellow for a foul on Andrew Little, but they managed to hold on to force the replay at Ibrox.
Hamilton manager Billy Reid: "Credit to my players, in the first half some of our play was brilliant and that's how I want to play at this club.
"I couldn't believe we were 2-0 down, but we were the best side for the rest of the half and deservedly went in 3-2 up at the break ahead.
"It got a bit scrappy in the second half. They came out strong but didn't pose us too many problems.
"But I think today we showed over the 90 minutes we deserved to win the game.
"Now we go to Ibrox and we know what to expect there - Rangers come out all guns blazing."
Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist:
"It was a bizarre first half. We were 2-0 up and hadn't played particularly well.
"But we sat back and allowed Hamilton to come on to us and the standard of goals we lost was really, really poor.
"We were all over the place for a 15-minute period.
"We weren't great in the second half but it was a lot better and we certainly deserve to still be in the tie."
90:00+2:20 Effort from outside the penalty area by Kevin Thomson goes wide left of the goal.
90:00+1:54 Danny Wilson takes a shot. Trent McClenahan gets a block in.
90:00+1:09 Trent McClenahan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. Sasa Papac restarts play with the free
89:34 Marco Paixao sends in a cross, Allan McGregor makes a save.
88:46 Substitution Flavio Paixao is brought on as a substitute for Stuart Elliott.
87:08 A cross is delivered by Kyle Lafferty, Kenny Miller takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
86:28 Corner taken left-footed by Sasa Papac from the left by-line, A cross is delivered by David Weir.
83:22 Martin Canning concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Miller. Steven Whittaker has an effort direct from the free kick.
82:56 Marco Paixao produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
82:24 Andrew Little fouled by Stuart Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. David Weir takes the free kick.
81:41 Simon Mensing fouled by Kevin Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.
80:33 Kevin Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
80:33 Sent off Richard Hastings shown a red card.
79:45 Richard Hastings concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Little.
79:10 Effort from the edge of the area by James McArthur goes wide of the right-hand upright.
78:06 The ball is delivered by Kenny Miller.
77:32 Richard Hastings delivers the ball.
73:42 Andrew Little produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
71:58 Steven Whittaker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Trent McClenahan. Richard Hastings takes the free kick.
71:01 Free kick crossed right-footed by Richard Hastings.
71:01 Booking David Weir is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
70:49 David Weir is penalised for a handball.
70:16 Simon Mensing has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
69:30 Kyle Lafferty is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
67:48 Lee McCulloch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McArthur. Direct free kick taken by Martin Canning.
66:44 Marco Paixao challenges Sasa Papac unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Wilson.
65:49 Andrew Little has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
65:26 Corner taken left-footed by Kevin Thomson from the right by-line to the near post, Mickael Antoine-Curier manages to make
65:15 Centre by Andrew Little.
62:59 Booking Martin Canning is cautioned.
62:38 GOAL - Kenny Miller:Hamilton 3 - 3 Rangers Penalty taken right-footed by Kenny Miller and scored. Hamilton 3-3 Rangers.
61:37 Stuart Elliott is penalised for a handball.
61:14 The ball is delivered by Sasa Papac.
60:42 David Weir takes the direct free kick.
60:42 Booking Richard Hastings is shown a yellow card.
60:34 Lee McCulloch fouled by Richard Hastings, the ref awards a free kick.
59:12 Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
59:12 Booking Kirk Broadfoot is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
59:04 Kirk Broadfoot concedes a free kick for a foul on Marco Paixao.
58:13 James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Thomson. Danny Wilson takes the free kick.
Correction - 56:55 Effort on goal by Kenny Miller from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
56:55 Kenny Miller produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
56:32 Short corner worked by Kevin Thomson, The ball is sent over by Kenny Miller.
54:10 Shot by Kenny Miller from just outside the area goes over the net.
53:42 Stuart Elliott takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
52:49 Stuart Elliott takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Allan McGregor.
50:31 Mark McLaughlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty. Kevin Thomson crosses the ball, Lee McCulloch
takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny.
49:13 Corner taken by Kevin Thomson, Andrew Little takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Neil.
48:46 Effort from deep inside the area by Kyle Lafferty misses to the left of the goal.
47:33 Stuart Elliott takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Wilson.
47:01 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Martin Canning takes the free kick.
46:43 The ball is delivered by Richard Hastings.
46:09 Unfair challenge on Trent McClenahan by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Martin Canning takes the direct free kick.
45:43 Lee McCulloch fouled by Simon Mensing, the ref awards a free kick. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+5:15 The players leave the pitch at half time.
45:00+4:38 Booking Mickael Antoine-Curier booked for unsporting behaviour.
Correction - 45:00+2:50 GOAL - Mickael Antoine-Curier:Hamilton 3 - 2 Rangers Mickael Antoine-Curier grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hamilton 3-2
45:00+2:50 The assist for the goal came from Simon Mensing.
45:00+2:50 GOAL - Mickael Antoine-Curier:Hamilton 3 - 2 Rangers Mickael Antoine-Curier finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal.
Hamilton 3-2 Rangers.
45:00+0:54 Substitution (Rangers) makes a substitution, with Andrew Little coming on for Kris Boyd.
45:00+0:54 GOAL - Marco Paixao:Hamilton 2 - 2 Rangers A goal is scored by Marco Paixao from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Hamilton 2-2 Rangers.
45:00+0:25 Foul by Lee McCulloch on James McArthur, free kick awarded. Richard Hastings restarts play with the free kick,
44:03 Header from deep inside the area by Simon Mensing goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
42:57 The ball is sent over by Richard Hastings, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Simon Mensing misses to the right of
42:24 Mark McLaughlin fouled by Kris Boyd, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
42:05 The ball is swung over by Trent McClenahan.
40:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by James McArthur on Kirk Broadfoot. Kevin Thomson takes the free kick.
39:08 David Weir concedes a free kick for a foul on Mickael Antoine-Curier. Direct free kick taken by James McArthur.
38:17 GOAL - Simon Mensing:Hamilton 1 - 2 Rangers Penalty taken right-footed by Simon Mensing and scored. Hamilton 1-2 Rangers.
36:46 Foul by Kirk Broadfoot on Mark McLaughlin, Penalty awarded.
36:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marco Paixao by Kirk Broadfoot. Richard Hastings takes the free kick.
35:02 Mickael Antoine-Curier has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
34:22 Substitution Kevin Thomson on for Steven Davis.
Correction - 33:38 Kenny Miller has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
33:38 Shot from just outside the box by Kenny Miller misses to the right of the goal.
31:50 Corner taken by Marco Paixao from the left by-line, clearance by David Weir.
31:38 The ball is sent over by Trent McClenahan.
31:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kris Boyd. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
Correction - 29:36 Assist on the goal came from Kris Boyd.
29:36 The assist for the goal came from Kris Boyd.
29:36 GOAL - Kenny Miller:Hamilton 0 - 2 Rangers Kenny Miller scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hamilton 0-2 Rangers.
26:42 Centre by Trent McClenahan, Richard Hastings conjures a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
23:14 Kenny Miller is caught offside. Martin Canning takes the indirect free kick.
22:11 Steven Davis takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
21:24 Mark McLaughlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Kris Boyd. Steven Davis takes the direct free kick.
20:45 The ball is sent over by Richard Hastings, Mickael Antoine-Curier challenges Allan McGregor unfairly and gives away a free
kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
19:17 Foul by Lee McCulloch on James McArthur, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Marco Paixao, save by Allan McGregor.
19:10 A cross is delivered by Richard Hastings, clearance by David Weir.
17:43 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Marco Paixao.
Correction - 14:20 Kris Boyd is caught offside. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.
14:20 Kris Boyd is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
10:19 Steven Davis takes the outswinging corner, Martin Canning manages to make a clearance.
8:27 The official flags Kenny Miller offside. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.
6:59 David Weir gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mickael Antoine-Curier. Direct free kick taken by Richard Hastings.
5:37 Stuart Elliott has an effort at goal from 35+ yards. Save made by Allan McGregor.
4:36 Long distance shot from Stuart Elliott misses to the left of the target.
3:25 GOAL - Steven Whittaker:Hamilton 0 - 1 Rangers Steven Whittaker grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Hamilton 0-1 Rangers.
2:56 Alex Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Miller. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.
1:18 James McArthur has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
0:51 Simon Mensing delivers the ball, Mickael Antoine-Curier takes a weak shot.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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