Rangers ease into fifth round

Published Jan. 10, 2011 10:35 p.m. ET

Rangers eased into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock.

Star striker Kenny Miller may have been missing, amid rumors of his impending departure to Premier League side Birmingham or Fiorentina in Italy, but Rangers made light of his absence.

Lee McCulloch put the hosts ahead after 20 minutes with an emphatic finish from a lay-off by Kyle Lafferty, who made it 2-0 in the 37th with a fierce strike from just inside the box.

Steven Whittaker made sure of the win when he scored a penalty in the 71st after Kilmarnock defender Jamie Hamill had fouled substitute Vladimir Weiss.

Rangers received another boost when United States midfielder Maurice Edu came on as a second-half substitute to make his first appearance since picking up a knee injury on Nov. 10.