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banner Sunday, 24 February, 2002, 16:55 GMT
Rangers floor Forfar
Shota Averladze fires home Rangers' second goal
Forfar 0-6 Rangers

Rangers booked a Scottish Cup semi final place with a comfortable win over Forfar at Station Park.

Billy Dodds claimed a hat-trick and Shota Averladze struck twice for the Ibrox club, while Andrei Kanchelskis also pitched in with a goal.

The scoreline was rather harsh on the part-timers, who rallied after losing a goal inside the first minute and were unlucky not to score during a good period in the first half.

However, a flurry of goals before half time knocked the stuffing out of the Second Division side.

Rangers made four changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Feyenoord in Thursday's Uefa Cup clash.

Dropping out altogether were Tore Andre Flo, Claudio Caniggia and Bert Konterman, while Peter Lovenkrands was named on the bench.

Billy Dodds made a rare start for Rangers
That opened the door for rare starts for striker Dodds and Kanchelskis, with Arveladze returning up front having been cup-tied in midweek and Neil McCann replacing Lovenkrands on the left wing.

It took Rangers just 40 seconds to take the lead with Dodds and Arveladze exchanging passes and the Scottish international slotting past Michael Brown.

Forfar responded well to the early setback and went close to scoring on a number of occasions.

Paul Tosh tested Stefan Klos with a well-hit drive following a turn but the German keeper was equal to it and Willie Stewart had a strong penalty claim when he went down under Tony Vidmar's challenge. As play continued, Tosh saw another shot well saved by Klos.

Tosh was denied again when he controlled a high ball with great skill and his smart shot on the turn was pushed over by Klos for a corner.

Tosh was on the prowl when the flag-kick came in and appeared to have got in a close-range header ahead of Numan. But again Klos was able to gather and relieve the pressure.

The Dodds-Arveladze combination unhinged the Forfar defence on the half hour mark and this time it was the Georgian who completed the one-two move with a finish past Brown.

Arthur Numan had a shot from an angle inside the box but, with Brown beaten, the ball was stopped from crossing the line by Ian Good.

In the 40th minute Arveladze netted again after Hughes had lofted the ball over the home defence and into his path.

The former Ajax striker lifted the ball over Brown neatly but was hurt by Robbie Horn's attempt to intervene.

Kanchelskis fires home goal no.4
Two minutes later Rangers went 4-0 up when Dodds gave the ball to Arveladze and the Georgian invited Kanchelskis to blast a powerful shot home.

Rangers made changes at the restart, sending Russell Latapy on for Arveladze and Maurice Ross for Fernando Ricksen.

Latapy squandered a good chance after good work from Numan and Brown blocked with his legs before Kanchelskis shot the rebound wide.

In the 61st minute, Dodds grabbed his second goal with a low shot which beat Brown's dive towards his right-hand post.

Forfar substitute Barrie Moffat could have had a consolation goal within seconds of his arrival when Jim Henry's shot was deflected into his path, but he sliced the ball wide from a great position.

With 15 minutes remaining Brown saved a penalty from Dodds after the striker had been clipped in the goalmouth.

However, the former Scotland forward was not to be denied his hat-trick and was rewarded for an excellent afternoon's work with a goal in the final minute of the match.

Forfar: Brown, Horn, Lunan, Milne, Rattray, Sellars, Bett, Byers, Good, Tosh, Stewart. Subs: Moffat, Christie, Morris, Henry, Ferrie.

Rangers: Klos, Ricksen, Amoruso, Vidmar, Numan, Kanchelskis, Hughes, Ferguson, McCann, Arveladze, Dodds. Subs: Latapy, Lovenkrands, Ross, Wilson, McGregor.

Referee: S Dougal

BBC Sport's Ian Turner
"This was no more than a glorified training session for Rangers"
Forfar manager Neil Cooper
"We don't get judged playing against Rangers."
Rangers manager Alex McLeish
"Doddsy has been looking sharp in training."
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