GLASGOW (AFP) – Steven Gerrard saw another chance to claim his first trophy as Rangers manager slip away as Conor McCarthy’s stoppage-time winner saw St Mirren end the Gers’ 27-game unbeaten record this season to reach the Scottish League Cup semi-finals with a 3-2 victory.
Celtic’s exit in the last 16 seemed to have opened the door for Rangers to claim a first major trophy since the club went into liquidation in 2012.
Gerrard’s men have been in stunning form this season, opening up a 13-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership and easing into the last 32 of the Europa League.
Another comfortable night looked in store when Connor Goldson fired them ahead early on in Paisley.
But Jamie McGrath levelled from the penalty spot and then put the Buddies ahead early in the second half.
Steven Davis thought he had forced extra time when the Northern Irishman equalised two minutes from time.
But there was still time for defender McCarthy to pop up with the precious goal which handed Jim Goodwin’s team a sensational shock win.
Goodwin was then sent off for an inflammatory gesture after celebrating the winner.
St Mirren will face Livingston in the last four in January, with Hibs taking on St Johnstone in the other semi-final in a great chance for all four clubs to claim silverware with both the Glasgow giants eliminated.