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Live text - Scottish Cup

Co-operative Insurance Cup result:

Rangers 3-0 Falkirk


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By Keir Murray

2144: Ladies and gents, Bairns and Bears, thanks once more for logging on and giving us your thoughts and attention this evening. We'll be back for more for the Celtic v Dundee United semi-final tomorrow night. Good night.

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Rangers striker Nacho Novo 9.17 (on 90 minutes).

Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.

2142: The highlights will be online later this evening. My colleague Paul McKenna is frantically editing the match as I type. They will be posted in the match report and on the BBC Sport Scotland and Sportscene homepages.

2138: "Running out of patience with Yogi. How can he talk about a move down south and his budget given the poor performance tonight and the league position?"
An unhappy Bairn has had enough of John Hughes, by the sound of this anonymous text to 80295.

2137: "What a surprise! Boyd plays and scores. Could have done with that type of coincidence at Aberdeen..."
Kieran, Arbroath by text to 80295.

2135: Full-time: Rangers 3-0 Falkirk. Walter Smith and Ally McCoist's team reach the final of the League Cup for the 32nd time, says John Barnes.

2133: "On his debut, Dani Mallo took one risk too many."
BBC Scotland's John Barnes

2131: Goal! Rangers 3-0 Falkirk. Agony for the otherwise impressive Falkirk goalie Dani Mallo, who tries to dribble the ball round the on-rushing Nacho Novo but is dispossessed by goal machine Boyd. Scotland's top scorer rolls the ball into the net for his 23rd goal of the season.

2129: Lee McCulloch looks stunned as he gets some match action for the second game in a row. He's on for the injured Ferguson.

2128: "Between Nachos and Mallos, sounds like yet another cooking programme! Let's call it for what it is - MINCE!"
Barney in Neilston by text 80295.

2126: Rangers' attempt to pass the ball into the net goes awry as Steven Davis hits the simplest of passes out for a corner.

2124: Both sides look tired now. Steve Lovell hits an angled shot, or was it a cross, from 12 yards that Allan McGregor clutches with ease.

2121: Fleck breaks from just inside the Falkirk half, keeps possession until he reaches the box, then passes to Kris Boyd, who has his back to goal eight yards out. Boyd turns like a container vessel and Falkirk smother the danger.

2120: John Fleck comes on for Steven Naismith for the last 13 minutes.

2119: The clock is ticking on Falkirk's time in this tournament. They need to get a goal back soon or it's all over.

2116: Falkirk substitute Mark Stewart, on for Patrick Cregg, begins to influence the match, breaking into the Rangers box.

2113: "Tonight just proves that Nacho Novo should play week in week out."
Kevin in Stirling

2111: Tremedous bravery from Mallo as he rushes out of his box to head the ball clear of Novo's high boot, as it was poised to lob the Falkirk goalie.

2109: Ya beauty! Here's one for the Big Boys' Glossy Bumper Book of Sporting Quotes: "It might just be time to go agricultural."
BBC Scotland's Craig Paterson reckons the Bairns need to forget the nice passing football that is their trademark.

2107: Falkirk were nearly completely out of it there. Steven Davis ran from the halfway line, jinking past the Falkirk midfield and defence, looking for a pass. Nothing was on so he kept going and eventually toe-poked a shot which was deflected just a foot by the post.

2105: "Naismith is looking great, good drive about him, which he always had, but Broadfoot is having a bad day at the office." PullUpAChairBear:) on My Sport
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2102: John Hughes puts on Michael Higdon for Lee Bullen. Kirk Broadfoot and Madjid Bougherra had better get ready for some high balls coming into the box.

2059: Ooya. Steven Naismith takes a heavy challenge from Darren Barr on the left touchline. The Bairns defender is booked. Clumsy rather than malicious.

2058: "Prepare yourself for a major tactical reshuffle because this clipboard (belonging to Falkirk asisstant manager Brian Rice) is a mess of Biro marks."
BBC Scotland's Chick Young

2055: McGregor tips the ball over the bar as Bullen gets a header in at goal. From the resultant corner, Scott Arfield has a decent shot from inside the box, which whistle over the bar. Much better from Falkirk.

2054: "Another typically low crowd for a League Cup semi-final, I'd rather see the format used in England - over two legs or have it at neutral venue that holds less than Hampden ie, Tynecastle."
Chambo, Dundee by text 80295

2052: "Sixty one years since Falkirk were last in a League Cup final, and it could be that period will be extended."
BBC Scotland's John Barnes

2050: Novo comes close to his hat-trick, racing into the box once more but shooting just wide of Mallo's left-hand post.

2047: As the second half kicks off, a suggestion from Blair White, who emailed the Sportsound team, that semi-finals should be played at venues like Tynecastle:

Blaire writes: "I suppose the argument will be about travelling fans - well, no added hassle for the Falkirk fans, and so what if the Rangers fans have to travel a bit further - they've had it so easy to travel to semis in the past (and anyway, I suppose a fair number of their fans are not from Glasgow anyway)."

2044: What now for Falkirk? Do they go for broke immediately or give it 10-15 minutes before pushing an extra man up front?

"Falkirk really need to go 4-4-2 and match up with Rangers."
BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds

2043: Chick Young is hearing a rumour that Ibrox defender Steven Whittaker could be coming on for Bosnian left-back Sasa Papac, said to be feeling unwell.

2040: "Not a fan of either team but why is Hampden really empty? Could they not sell out the seats or were they not allowed?" An anonymous post on My Sport.
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My guess is there are several factors: cost, the cold weather, some fans don't like Hampden for some reason, midweek, it's the least attractive of the three main trophies in Scotland, familiarity with the opposition...

These are just my thoughts? More importantly, let us know what you think by texting 80295 or by contributing on My Sport.

2035: "Ally McCoist walks up the tunnel with a consoling arm round Falkirk manager John Hughes. Maybe Hughes is explaining what went wrong with his side in that half."
BBC Scotland's John Barnes

2034: Half-time: Rangers 2-0 Falkirk.

"Falkirk's back three just haven't got to grips with this at all. Falkirk have given themselves a mountain to climb."
BBC Scotland's Craig Paterson

2029: "Has Novo scored a hat-trick for us before?" asks Rangers and Chelsea No1 on My Sport.
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2026: Goal! Rangers 2-0 Falkirk. It's Novo again for Rangers as the diminutive Spaniard races into the inside-right channel and shoots across keeper Dani Mallo and into the net. He's on his game tonight.

2024: Kris Boyd thumps a free-kick straight into the Falkirk wall, having been fouled about 30 yards out.

2022: Wey-hey! Don't you love it when keepers come out to punch the ball clear using two fists? We have Spanish goalie Dani Mallo to thank this time.

2020: The Bairns should heed the warning of our Sportsound summariser: "That's twice Falkirk have switched off from a simple throw-in."
BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds

2018: I would like to see Scott Arfield and Steven Naismith in the same picture on the TV. Is it just me, or could they be brothers? I don't mean literally, just the looks, you understand...

2017: That was a better delivery by McCann from the free-kick at the right touchline. Big Lee Bullen gets on the end of it under pressure but heads wide.

2015: "Nacho Novo - he's tireless, Bullen and Barr between them are finding Novo very difficult to pin down."
BBC Scotland's Craig Paterson

2013: If I say "a typical Mendes drive" is saved by Dani Mallo, you'll probably picture exactly what happened... Mendes was lurking just outside the box, the ball fell kindly for him and he smashed a low drive at the Falkirk goal, which the new Bairns keeper parried.

2012: It's a better spell for Falkirk as the men in white pin Rangers back.

2011: "He looks sharp, does Novo."
BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds engages in some football speak

2009: If only McCann had a right foot. He might not last the 90 minutes on a heavy park like this one, but he showed a decent burst of pace there to race into the box. Kirk Broadfoot did well to smother the ex-Ger's weak shot.

2008: Confident take by Allan McGregor as Falkirk midfielder Neil McCann loops a long-range free-kick into the six-yard box.

2007: "OK, Rangers might not use their wings a lot but they can create some good chances, especially with the best striker in Scotland playing, and Mendes and Davis can score crackers." ni-utd-fan on My Sport
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2005: "Safety first must be the best thing on this surface."
BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

2002: Novo continues to trouble the Falkirk defence. A burst into the right-hand side of the box, cuts it back for Steven Naismith and the comeback man fluffs his shot. Falkirk cannot afford to go two behind.

1959: The pitch doesn't look too clever - rather patchy and bumpy. Maybe the SFA are going for a tartan playing surface for the national team? Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist and Falkirk boss John Hughes both said they sympathised with Celtic and Dundee United, who play their semi at Hampden tomorrow night.

1957: "That's the difference, you've got to take your chances."
BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds

Yep, a sore one for the Bairns after their bright opening. Novo scored with Rangers' first effort.

1954: Goal! Rangers 1-0 Falkirk. Nacho Novo, a favourite with the Rangers fans for his never-say-die attitude, bundles the ball into the net from a Pedro Mendes corner that was flicked on by Madjid Bougherra.

1953: We offer a public service here at the Beeb... A direct request from "Chick, if you are interviewing Walter Smith after the game can you please ask him why he doesn't play Niguez Aaron?"
An anonymous text to 80295.

1951: Falkirk go close again! Patrick Cregg nicked the ball off Kirk Broadfoot, feeds it to Lovell once more and he curls a right-foot shot at the Rangers goal. Good save by the Rangers number one again.

"Unbelievable save from McGregor again."
BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds

1950: That was very similar to the move that led to Falkirk's opening goal at Ibrox a few weeks ago.

1949: First chance goes to Falkirk. Neil McCann slides a ball through for Steve Lovell but Allan McGregor makes the save.

1948: If you haven't seen Dean Holden's goal for Falkirk on Saturday, have a look at the Sportscene highlights. It's a belter.

1945: Sportsound commentator John Barnes tells us that Rangers have won six out of the previous eight meetings with Falkirk in the League Cup and its many guises under different sponsors.

1944: The teams are coming out on to the pitch. There are swathes of empty seats, I am sorry to report. Falkirk are wearing an all-white strip, while Rangers are in red.

1941: People, we have a pessimist in our midst... "All goals scored will be scrappy efforts out of nothing. Definitely won't come from a winger getting to the byline and whipping a delicious ball in for a striker, or someone mauruding through the middle and walloping one into the top corner or even flicking the ball over the top for a striker. Will all be big smash-ups in the box and tap ins." The thoughts of Aiden McGeady The King of the Wing - Splendid! on My Sport
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1939: There will be highlights of the match posted on the BBC Sport website later this evening.. Let's hope there are plenty of goals...or even extra-time and penalties.

1937: Chick Young is reporting trackside for Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme. He reckons there are about 10,000 inside the stadium so far, with 25,000 expected by kick-off.

1935: Some Rangers fans are holding a banner at Hampden that says: "No Boyd=No Goals=No Title (again).

Well, you do the math.

1934: And now we have the team line-ups:

Rangers: McGregor, Broadfoot, Bougherra, Weir, Papac, Davis, Mendes, Ferguson, Naismith, Boyd, Novo. Subs: McCulloch, Fleck, Whittaker, Miller, Alexander.

Falkirk: Dani Mallo, McNamara, Bullen, Barr, Pressley, Scobbie, Arfield, McBride, Cregg, McCann, Lovell. Subs: O'Brien, Holden, Higdon, Stewart, Olejnik.

1930: Welcome to the live text commentary of Rangers v Falkirk in the Co-operative Insurance Cup.

First up, some news about tonight's teams:

Kris Boyd returns to Rangers' starting line-up, replacing the injured Kenny Miller up front for Rangers, while Steven Naismith takes over from John Fleck on the left of midfield.

Falkirk goalkeeper Robert Olejnik has been dropped after a poor weekend display, with Dani Mallo, the former Sporting Braga player who signed on Thursday, making his debut.

Stay with us all the way and send in your comments via: My Sport and text on 80295.

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