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Lafferty bags cup hat-trick

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Kyle Lafferty claimed a hat-trick for Rangers as they began their defence of the Co-operative Insurance Cup with a comprehensive 7-2 victory over Dunfermline.

Nikica Jelavic scored twice and Madjid Bougherra and Steven Naismith helped themselves to a goal apiece as the holders cruised into the next round despite Callum Woods and Joe Cardle both netting for the Pars.

Incredibly, Rangers managed the rout without the help of top goalscorer Kenny Miller, who was named on the bench after taking his tally to eight goals in five SPL outings at the weekend.

Jonathan Page headed powerfully home in each half at Glebe Park to send Motherwell into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Brechin.

The 20-year-old, deputising for the injured Stevie Hammell at left-back, twice bulleted corners into the roof of the net after clever runs across the home defence.

Motherwell survived some difficult moments and Darren Randolph came to their rescue on several occasions, but they were able to progress while resting Steve Jennings, Jamie Murphy and John Sutton from their starting line-up in their 12th competitive match of the season.

A second-half blitz enabled St Johnstone to celebrate manager Derek McInnes' contract extension with a 3-0 victory over Queen of the South at McDiarmid Park.

McInnes signed a two-year extension on Tuesday morning and three goals in six second-half minutes - two by substitutes - ensured his side would be in the draw for the quarter-finals.

Jody Morris drilled in a 68th-minute penalty, substitute Marcus Haber tucked in a second goal four minutes later and fellow replacement Chris Millar added a third after 74 minutes as the Doonhamers were downed and Saints progressed to the last eight.

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