Gers Reach First Cup Final

Rangers have booked their place in the Final of the Co-operative Insurance League Cup after a 2-0 win over St Johnstone at Hampden Park last night. Goals from Steven Davis and Lee McCulloch was enough to see off the side from Perth and the Gers will return to the National Stadium on March 28th to play St Mirren in the final, who beat Hearts 1-0 in the other semi-final at Fir Park on Tuesday.

Walter Smith made three changes to the side that defeated Falkirk at the weekend, Allan McGregor was on the bench and Neil Alexander deputised and Steven Smith replaced Sasa Papac. The Gers lined up in an all white strip this evening which must have been annoying for the supporters as they tried to watch the game through snowy conditions. Rangers started the brightest and Nacho Novo skipped clear on goal then rounding Graeme Smith but his shot was cleared off the line. St Johnstone then had a great chance when midfielder Murray Davidson made a bursting run into the box to get on the end of Irvine’s cross but he mis-cued the header and it went wide.

Whittaker congratulates McCulloch after his strike

Rangers got the opener after 26 minutes when Nacho Novo found space to chip in a cross from the left and Steven Davis managed to get back on the pitch to knock the ball into the net from a few yards out. The Northern-Irish international now has 3 goals in 3 games. The SPL league-leaders continued to dominate and began the dictate the tempo of the game. Lee McCulloch got the second goal for Rangers after 37 minutes when he rattled home a shot from the edge of the box under Graeme Smith after some neat build-up from Rangers.

Andy Little impressed for Rangers

Andrew Little and Steven Naismith both came on just after the hour mark for Kyle Lafferty and Nacho Novo, both showed some neat touches and in my view should start at St Mirren Park on Saturday. Naismith was fouled right on the goal-line which the referee deemed as a penalty and the former Kilmarnock stepped-up but his penalty was saved by Smith. John Fleck should have wrapped up the win but he couldn’t finish from a few yards out. Overall, a good win for Rangers, not the greatest performance but some positive signs from Little and Naismith.

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