Rangers showed there could be life after Kenny Miller as they cruised through what should have been a tricky tie against Kilmarnock into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with a 3-0 win.

With a question mark hanging over his future, Miller was left out of the squad for the clash at Ibrox, the Scottish champions having already accepted an offer from Birmingham and the player reportedly also in talks with Fiorentina.

The 22-goal striker netted a hat-trick the last time the two sides met but this time the goals were shared among Lee McCulloch, Kyle Lafferty and Steven Whittaker.

The breakthrough came after 20 minutes when Steven Davis embarked on a run into the box before trying to set up Lafferty. He connected awkwardly and cut back for McCulloch instead, who sent a firm low shot into the back of the net from 25 yards.

At the other end, Killie were threatening when Mehdi Taouil slipped a neat pass to Alexei Eremenko and he teed up the shot for Conor Sammon - but he failed to add to his 15 goals this season in blasting well over.

Rangers doubled their advantage with 37 minutes gone when Sasa Papac picked out Lafferty on the right flank with a lovely pass and, with no support, he had a go from distance and did well to drill past Cammy Bell in the Killie goal.

Kilmarnock were forced to make a change with just under an hour gone when skipper Craig Bryson limped off to be replaced by David Silva. Manuel Pascali also made way for Rui Miguel.

Maurice Edu then made his return after several weeks on the sidelines through injury when he replaced youngster Jamie Ness after 67 minutes, while James Beattie was withdrawn for Vladimir Weiss as the home side also made a double switch.

Weiss had an almost immediate impact on the game when he was tripped in the box by Jamie Hamill, with referee Stevie O'Reilly pointing to the penalty spot and showing a yellow card to the Kilmarnock player.

In the absence of Miller, Whittaker stepped up for the spot-kick and confidently lashed high into the net to put the tie beyond Mixu Paatelainen's men with 71 minutes on the clock.

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