Forres Mechanics 0-1 Rangers: Naismith strike clinches Scottish Cup third-round berth

The 20-year-old notched his first for the club on his debut as the Glasgow giants narrowly beat the minnows to secure passage to the next rond of the competition

Rangers scraped past 10-man Forres Mechanics thanks to Kal Naismith’s first goal for the club in the Gers’ Scottish Cup second round clash at Mosset Park.

The 20-year-old made his senior debut for the Old Firm outfit, starting alongside Kyle Hutton, replacing Francisco Sandaza and Dean Shiels.

Forres had a penalty claim snubbed by referee Crawford Allan in the early stages of the game following an alleged handball in the Rangers box from Sebastien Faure.

The visitors enjoyed the majority of possession during the tie’s opening moments, cultivating in Naismith breaking the deadlock after just 14 minutes. Fraser Aird produced a good run down the left before crossing a well-hit volley into the box, narrowly escaping the grasp of Lee McCulloch before Naismith gathered and fired home.

Rangers looked set to double their lead when McCulloch provoked an outstanding save from Stuart Knight in the Forres goal following a strongly struck low free kick from just outside the area.

McCulloch tested the Forres defence again when he took control of the ball outside the area, turning quickly before striking a weak shot at goal, which Knight saved comfortably.

Forres went close to equalising late on during a period of constant pressure from the home side, but despite a scrappy closing few minutes at Mosset Park, Rangers managed to hold on to book their place in the next round of the Scottish Cup.