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With Rangers play­ing Stran­raer at home in the cup this week­end, what is the over­all record like be­tween the two teams? (Rab, Moss­park) A: The two sides meet each other to­mor­row night un­der the flood­lights at Ibrox with the Light Blues look­ing to avoid a big cup up­set af­ter their re­cent Old Firm tri­umph. Rangers and Stran­raer have only ever met on five oc­ca­sions with Rangers win­ning four times – the best re­sult Stran­raer man­aged was a 1-1 draw at Ibrox in League One in 2013-14 when a Lee McCul­loch penalty was can­celled out by a last-minute Jamie Long­worth strike. The first meet­ing be­tween the pair was in the 1988/89 Scot­tish Cup when the Gers trounced the Blues 8-0 at Ibrox. They then met in the League Cup in 199293 with Rangers win­ning 5-0 at Stair Park. More re­cently you may re­mem­ber Rangers play­ing Stran­raer in their League Cup group in 2016-17 when Rangers won 3-0 in Glas­gow through Mar­tyn Waghorn (2) and Niko Kran­j­car.

When was the first time Partick This­tle played Celtic in the Scot­tish Cup, and how many times have they been drawn to­gether? (Sam Baird, Cly­de­bank)

A: As far as we are aware the first time the two clubs met in the Scot­tish Cup was in March 1988 for a quar­ter-fi­nal tie. Celtic won 3-0 at a sold-out Firhill thanks to goals from

Andy Walker, Tommy Burns and Billy Stark. Late on in the match This­tle’s Ed­die Gal­lagher was sent off for lash­ing out at An­ton Ro­gan. More re­cently the two clubs met in the fifth round of the cup at Celtic Park where the home side tri­umphed 3-2 thanks to a James For­rest hat­trick. Kris Doolan and Conor Sam­mon scored for This­tle.

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