Kyogo Furuhashi hit the 20-goal mark for the campaign as Celtic beat Morton 5-0 in the Scottish Cup. The Japanese striker matched his total for last season thanks to a first-half double in the fourth-round tie at Celtic Park.
Aaron Mooy also scored twice and David Turnbull hit his second spectacular goal of the week, but the game was not without controversy – the opener came courtesy of a harsh VAR decision against the former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose.
Hamilton provided the biggest shock of the day with their defeat of Ross County. The bottom-placed Championship side beat Premiership strugglers County 5-3 on penalties following a goalless 120 minutes.
Fellow Premiership team St Mirren also progressed via penalties, beating Championship team Dundee 3-0.
A first-half strike from Borna Barisic earned Scottish Cup holders Rangers a narrow 1-0 victory at St Johnstone. The defender scored his first goal for the Ibrox side from open play after following up a Fashion Sakala strike that rebounded off the post.
Jordan Jones’ stoppage-time volley was the difference as Kilmarnock defeated a resolute Dumbarton 1-0 to advance to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.
The home side had dominated possession and chances but they were unable to break down the impressive League Two leaders until substitute Jones met Danny Armstrong’s deflected cross with a clinical volley.
Kilmarnock had hit a post through Christian Doidge but Dumbarton defended brilliantly and they should have taken the lead themselves when Martin McNiff sent a volley wide from close range.
Dundee United advanced to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup but they were made to fight all the way by Lowland League outfit University of Stirling in a 3-0 victory at Tannadice.
The students frustrated the home side for large periods of the first half but conceded right before the break with Aziz Behich producing a fine finish.
Further goals in the second half from Jamie McGrath and substitute Glenn Middleton sealed the victory but the students can take great credit for their performance against the Premiership team.
Livingston produced a seven-minute second half goal blitz to progress to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup following a 3-1 win at Stenhousemuir.
A Scottish Cup upset was on the cards as Scottish League Two outfit Stenhousemuir took the lead in the first half through defender Nicky Jamieson against the side sitting fourth in the Scottish Premiership.
They would hold that advantage until the 52nd minute when Scott Pittman brought Livingston level and then a quick-fire double from Steven Bradley – a stunning 55th minute free-kick and then a close-range strike after 59 minutes – swung the tie in the visitors’ favour.
Mikael Mandron scored a double on his first start for Motherwell as the cinch Premiership strugglers progressed to the Scottish Cup fifth round with a 2-0 victory away to Championship side Arbroath.
The fourth-round tie at Gayfield looked hazardous for the Steelmen, who headed to Scotland’s north-east coast having failed to triumph in any of their previous eight matches.
But a first-half goal and a stoppage-time effort from French striker Mandron, who joined from Gillingham earlier this month, secured a first win since late October for Steven Hammell’s side.
Falkirk produced a second-half comeback to beat Alloa 2-1 and Partick Thistle sealed their place in the draw by beating Dunfermline 4-2 on penalties, the contest finished 1-1 after extra time.