Northern Irishman Mark Allen eased into the last 32 of the Scottish Opern with a 4-0 dismissal of Xiongman Fang on Wednesday afternoon.

Allen had to go to the well against Christopher Keogan to avoid falling at the first hurdle in Glasgow, recovering from from 3-0 down to nick a 4-3 win, but he had no such problems against the Chinese potter.

Next up is another Chinaman, Hang Li, who brushed off the challenge of Thailand's Akani Songsermsawad 4-1.

Joe Swail joined his compatriot in the third round as he edged past Stuart Carrington 4-2.

The Belfast man accounted for Lee Walker on 4-1 scoreline in the first round and, after surrendering a two-frame lead, he marched on with an afternoon dismissal of Grimsby's Carrington. 

He'll face 2010 world champion Neil Robertson on Thursday after his 4-2 defeat of Gary Wilson.

Fergal O'Brien's tournament tended as he fell to a 4-2 loss against Stephen Maguire in the evening game.

Local favourite John Higgins moved safely through with a 4-0 win over Scott Donaldson and next meets China's Mei Xiwen while Judd Trump took only 43 minutes to beat Igor Figueiredo 4-0.

Shaun Murphy was beaten 4-1 by Xiao Guodong, who racked up two centuries, while Marco Fu made the highest break of the tournament so far - a 142 - in a 4-1 win over Liam Highfield.

Chris Wakelin won a tense deciding frame to beat Ali Carter 4-3 and there were also wins for Liang Wenbo, Barry Hawkins and Sean O'Sullivan.