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By ESPN Staff

Rangers crush East Stirling 6-0 in Scottish Cup

GLASGOW, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Kris Boyd's hat-trick helped Rangers romp to a 6-0 win over fourth division East Stirling in Wednesday's Scottish FA Cup fourth round clash.

The Scottish Premier League leaders, who will next visit Hibernian in the fifth round on Feb. 3, effectively had the tie wrapped up with three goals inside five first half minutes.

Striker Lee McCulloch began the rout after 24 minutes when he was found on the right by Charlie Adam, cut inside a defender and slotted past goalkeeper Michael Brown from eight metres.

Rangers defender Alan Hutton then ended a surging run by taking a back-heeled return pass from Alan Gow before striking a shot across Brown into the net after 27 minutes.

Boyd grabbed his first goal two minutes later with a clipped six metre shot from Gow's cut-back and made it 4-0 just before halftime with a low shot that deflected off a defender.

McCulloch blasted home a superb fifth goal five minutes into the second period from 25 metres and Boyd completed his hat-trick after 61 minutes from the penalty spot.

'I'm quite glad it's over because it could have got out of hand,' East Stirling manager Gordon Wylde told the BBC.