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Rangers 1-0 Falkirk Match report



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By Thomas McGuigan

1735: Congratulations to Rangers, who end the season with a league and cup double. Falkirk are left to rue the lack of a cutting edge after running their more illustrious rivals close in the Hampden sun.

But a flash of substitute Nacho Novo's right boot decides the Scottish Cup final and brings the curtain down on another season. Thanks for all your comments today and since last August.

Remember, don't miss highlights of the Scottish Cup final tonight on BBC One Scotland at 2200 BST. Send your comments on the big match to the panel of guests - Craig Brown, Billy Dodds and Darryl Broadfoot - and they may be used on the programme. The email address is

Enjoy your summer an I look forward to more of the same in the 2009/10 campaign!


1724: "All credit to my boys, they gave it a good go. You can see that with the fans staying behind. I'm so proud of them. David Weir deserves to life the cup because he's one of life's gentlemen." Falkirk manager John Hughes

1720: "Today we never reached the levels we managed last week, but I suppose that's to be expected. Nacho's goal just after half-time was terrific for us." Rangers manager Walter Smith

1709: "I just hit it!" Rangers' goal hero and Scottish Cup winner Nacho Novo.

1705: Rangers captain David Weir holds the Scottish Cup aloft; much to the delight of the club's supporters.

1704: "The Falkirk fans have stayed behind en-masse to thank their players for a gallant effort."BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Hampden

1702: "If I was a Falkirk fan I'd be absolutely gutted. Can't believe the way Rangers played. Well done Falkirk, you are a credit to your town and your jerseys!" Fedup1962 on My Sport Join the debate

1659: Falkirk manager John Hughes calls a huddle of his players and staff on the pitch. Could that be Yogi's last game in charge of the Bairns? Join the debate

1658: "Falkirk made it difficult for us throughout the game, without creating too many chances." Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist


Rangers 1-0 Falkirk

Walter Smith's secure a league and cup double. It's Rangers' 33rd Scottish Cup final victory; decided by Nacho Novo's stunning strike.

1652: We're into three minutes of injury time at Hampden.

1651: "Another absolutely dreadful display of stone-age percentage football from Rangers."Anonymous text, via 80295

1650: "If anyone thought Walter Smith had handed complete control to Ally McCoist for cup games, they should see him rage at his players in the technical area."BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Hampden

1645: Falkirk striker Steve Lovell hits the post from Michael Higdon's knock down. Agony for the Bairns.

1644: "It'll be a rousing finish here with only nine minutes left, the sides separated by a truly spectacular goal."BBC Scotland commentator David Begg

1643: Nacho Novo heads over the bar from six yards from Kenny Miller's low cross. That really would've been game over.

1641: Rangers manager Walter Smith waves frantically on the touchline as he tries to get a tactical message to his players. Eleven minutes remaining at Hampden.

1639: Falkirk substitute Michael Higdon scrambles the ball home, but is flagged offside. Much better from Falkirk, though and they've put Rangers on the back foot!

1636: Falkirk make three changes, with Michael Higdon, Mark Stewart and Carl Finnigan on for Kevin McBride, Patrick Cregg and Neil McCann.

1633: "Rangers are looking tired again - they look like they've hit a wall. None of the strikers are looking for the ball."BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1630: Falkirk need to raise their game. Rangers appear content to play out time now. Could Michael Higdon, who was the hero in last week's dramatic league win over Inverness, provide that much-needed goal threat.

1624: With a little over half an hour remaining, Rangers are on course to complete a league and cup double. Novo's goal has given them a cushion that Falkirk don't look capable of threatening.

1623: "In fairness to Boyd - he wasn't receiving anything resembling a good pass. Ferguson can only pass sideways or backwards these days and I can't recall McCulloch every making a pass." Monty_DXB on My Sport Join the debate

1621: "It's amazing how the game changes. Rangers matched up and got the goal on top of it - it's been a dream second half for them."BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1619: Falling behind has triggered a frenzied response from Falkirk, but they're lacking any kind of goal threat.

1615: Kyle Lafferty goes close to doubling Rangers' lead but a tangle of legs, sclaffs and shoves eventually sees the ball cleared.

1612: "Take that Kris 'oh its hot to do my job' Boyd, Novo yet again shows why he is so valuable to us." memnoch666 on My Sport Join the debate

A red-faced Boyd sits alongside the Rangers substitutes in the dugout.

1611: "When you look back at the films of cup finals in years to come - that goal will be in among them." BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

"It was as if somebody had hit the pause button before everyone in the ground realised it was in."BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Hampden.

1608: GOAL!

Rangers 1-0 Falkirk

Substitute Nacho Novo's 30-yard shot beats Dani Mallo and drops into the net. What a substitution, what a goal!

The Spaniard collected Sasa Papac's throw-in and his thunderous drive flashed by the helpless Mallo. The keeper won't want to see that again...

1607: The second half gets under way.

1605: Rangers goal machine Kris Boyd will not emerge for the second half. Walter Smith & Ally McCoist have decided to introduce Nacho Novo, as Rangers look for a much-needed spark.

Boyd had scored four goals in his previous three games against the Bairns. What say you, Rangers fans? Join the debate

1600: "When you don't take your chances there's usually something in the pit of your stomach telling you the opposition are going to make you pay." BBC Sport's Pat Nevin on Falkirk's spurned opportunities in the first half

1557: "Dailly is the sort of player who could turn a game like this around. Probing runs and quickly taken throw-ins." Bringthemonjpn on My Sport

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1551: Dear oh dear, a turgid first half. I'm tempted to channel hop to see if Murder She Wrote's on instead. Only kidding, but we can only hope for better after the break.


Rangers 0-0 Falkirk

1548: Stevie Lovell heads the ball away from under his own bar after Rangers defender David Weir's header looked destined for the net.

That's the closest we've come to a goal in the first half.

1547: "The Rangers fans have been struck dumb by the Bairns' possession, domination and chances in this first half."BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Hampden

1546: "Neither goalkeeper has had a single save to make in the first half." BBC Scotland commentator David Begg

1544: Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander and his Falkirk counterpart Dani Mallo could be enjoying cocktails and discussing their summer holidays at the side of the pitch, such has been their inactivity in the first half.

Five minutes to go until the break.

1543: "Rangers are thinking of a tactical change - maybe a change of shape. I think they'll maybe wait until half-time before they do it."BBC Scotland's Chick Young trackside at Hampden

1541: Rangers manager Walter Smith and his assistant are deep in discussion on the touchline. Smith, brandishing a clipboard, points a digit forcefully and McCoist takes it on board. Either it's a tactical discussion or a debate on what food to order for the team bus on the way home to Ibrox!

1540: The pedestrian pace has affected the atmosphere and it's a quiet Scottish Cup final at the moment.

1539: "I'm enjoying the day and the way things are shaping up. Falkirk are definitely on top because they've got more players in midfield." BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

"The big thing is Rangers giving the ball away - they look slack. Every ball is being played to Boyd or Miller - no-one in the middle of the park wants the ball for Rangers."BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

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1533: Falkirk are enjoying the majority of possession (59%) without creating too many chances and the Rangers fans are registering their disapproval.

1532: "I think Rangers have to keep the ball better and create chances. Right now, Falkirk are keeping the ball and tiring out Rangers. Especially on a day like this, your possession has to be better."BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1531: It's a very slow game at the moment. Reminds me a bit of some of the games at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. The energy-sapping heat could be affecting one or two players at a scorching Hampden.

1530: "Falkirk are looking more up for it, Rangers are looking like there's a bit of hangover from winning the title last week. They need to get the ball from Falkirk and control things more if they want to do the Double." Memnoch666 on My Sport

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1525: Play swings to the other end and Kris Boyd's shot is deflected wide for a corner. But Rangers can't profit and it remains goalless.

1523: Neil McCann, unmarked in the box, sees his shot from about eight yards slide wide after a superb cross from Darren Barr. What a sitter!

"If you don't take your chances against this Rangers team it will come back to haunt you." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1522: Didier Drogba has equalised for Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

1521: Falkirk are looking impressive up to the final third, but their final ball is letting them down. Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist doesn't look like a happy camper in his technical area.

1518: "Barry Ferguson and Kyle Lafferty are getting the booing treatment from the largely out-sung Bairns fans."BBC Sport's Clive Lindsay at Hampden

1517: What a chance for Falkirk! Neil McCann wriggles free on the edge of the area and his shot scrapes the top of the bar on its way over. The veteran winger is inches away from scoring against his old club.

1515: Kyle Lafferty, with his Hen Broon-style long legs, indulges in a bit of trickery as a swarm of white Falkirk jerseys try in vain to get the ball from him. Neither keeper called into action in the opening 14 minutes.

1513: Burton O'Brien fires a 30-yard shot over the bar as Falkirk look to break the deadlock.

1511: "Falkirk are leaving one or two wee gaps when they're pushing forward." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

John Hughes's side have yet to test Neil Alexander goal, but it's an open game so far.

1508: Falkirk captain Darren Barr gets himself in all sorts of trouble when his attempted clearance hits Kyle Lafferty and the defender then wrestles the Northern Ireland international to the ground. A free-kick, but no booking for the jittery Bairn.

1507: "Falkirk just want to play from the back. That's what John Hughes has told his players." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1506: The Rangers fans are in fine voice inside Hampden. "We shall not be moved," is the cry after they won their first SPL championship in four attempts.

1504: Rangers force the first corner of the game. Full-back Steven Whittaker's low cross from the right is cleared by Scott Arfield. But Lee McCulloch heads Steven Davis's corner high over the bar.

1503: We're under way at Hampden.

1501: Louis Saha scores the fastest goal in FA Cup final history, to put Everton 1-0 up against Chelsea.

1500: Both teams pour onto the pitch at Hampden. The stadium is bathed in sunshine, a superb spectacle.

1458: Scotland manager George Burley takes his place in the stand. The players have yet to emerge from the tunnel.

1455: There's more than a few colourful supporters inside the packed national stadium. There's a few Elvis impersonators, a fan clutching an inflatable banana and a couple who've decided to leave their t-shirts or replica tops at home.

1448: "I bet McCoist is glad it's not raining. His 'Alamo' hair-style doesn't hold up too well when it gets wet." Bringthemonjpn on My Sport

There's a touch of Teen Wolf or Art Garfunkel about his hair at its height, right enough!

1446: "Lee McCulloch and Barry Ferguson are both fit boys. The heat may be a problem, but they've played a couple of reserve games so they should be okay." Rangers manager Walter Smith with our man Jonathan Sutherland

1445: "The homecoming theme of the Scottish Cup is being marked by a pipe band led around the ground by Rangers legend Brian Laudrup and his Falkirk counterpart Alex Totten."BBC Sport's Clive Lindsay at Hampden

1440: "It's imperative we stay in the game for as long as we can. But my players are well-prepared and I just need them to go out there and play."Falkirk manager John Hughes speaking to BBC Sport's Jonathan Sutherland

1432: "Europe's 'Final Countdown' adds some poignancy as the teams warm up - let's hope the match is better than the DJ's choice of music." BBC Sport's Clive Lindsay at Hampden

Perhaps Susan Boyle could have given us a quick blast of one of her hits out on the centre circle. On second thoughts...

Abide With Me traditionally precedes the FA Cup final, but it's always been the pipers strutting their stuff at Hampden before kick-off.

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1431: Hampden is starting to fill up nicely. Just under half an hour until kick-off. I stepped out for five minutes at lunchtime and it was really, really hot. I expect to see a few scorched faces at full-time.

1430: "McCoist is busy getting the Rangers players fired up; Hughes is on his phone to his agent." Bringthemonjpn watches the BBC Scotland pictures coming in from Hampden and offers his wry views on My Sport

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1425: "Cant wait for kick-off - David Begg puts everything into commentary. Disappointed Aberdeen aren't there. MBE for Beggy - master at work."Anonymous text via 80295

1420: Rangers legend Brian Laudrup says a Scottish Cup final at Hampden is one of the greatest days in a player's career.

The Dane has just told BBC Scotland's Sportscene that he expects a cracker this afternoon. When pressed for a prediction he said: "my heart says Rangers".

Laudrup doesn't appear to have aged since his playing days at Ibrox. Come to think of it, neither have Altered Images singer Clare Grogan, A-ha frontman Morten Harket and John Gordon Sinclair of Gregory's Girl fame.

1412: "I'm a Rangers fan from Falkirk so even defeat today wouldn't hurt as much as it usually would. It would be nice for Falkirk to win it for Craig Gowans's family. However, I can see Rangers winning 5-0 and a man-of-the-match performance from Barry Ferguson." Kyle Server, from Falkirk, via text on 80295

1410: "I am surprised that Pressley has been left out. I think his experience would have been vital for Falkirk on a day like this, although in saying that they do have the experienced heads of McNamara and McCann. I'd have still had Pressley in there too though." Malky on My Sport

It looks as though this could be Pressley's swansong before he hangs up his boots in the summer. Will Elvis make a late appearance to end on a high note?

1405: Falkirk boss John Hughes says it will be an emotional day at Hampden if the father of Craig Gowans joins Falkirk skipper Darren Barr in lifting the cup.

Gowans was 17 when he was killed in an accident at the club's Grangemouth training ground in 2005 and his father will lead the team out before kick-off.

1400: BBC Radio Scotland pundit Chick Young says deposed Rangers captain Barry Ferguson is attracting interest from West Brom and English Premier League newcomers Birmingham City.

1353: "The Falkirk players are on the pitch early, while outside the stadium it's more like some kind of music festival - complete with impromptu picnics. There's sunbathing on any patch of grass to be found on Glasgow's south side." BBC Sport Online's Clive Lindsay at Hampden

1350: "Why is Walter playing Lee McCulloch. Why does he not play Davis in the middle with Novo or Beasley wide right?" Robgersfan on My Sport

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1345: The pundits on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound are debating the future of Falkirk manager John Hughes. A lack of money to strengthen his Bairns squad in the transfer market for next season is being offered as a reason why he may seek pastures new.

What do Falkirk supporters think? Are you resigned to big Yogi leaving?

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Rangers recall Barry Ferguson and Lee McCulloch for injured pair Pedro Mendes and Maurice Edu. Neither Ferguson or McCulloch have played much first-team football recently. A chink of light for Falkirk?

Falkirk give veteran Neil McCann a place in the starting line-up at the expense of Carl Finnigan. Suspended midfielder Arnau Riera is replaced by Kevin McBride.

Rangers: Alexander, Whittaker, Bougherra, Weir, Papac, Ferguson, McCulloch, David, Lafferty, Boyd, Miller. Subs: McGregor, Novo, Naismith, Dailly, Wilson.

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

What do you think of the teams?

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1330: Don't miss highlights of the Scottish Cup final tonight on BBC One Scotland at 2200 BST. Send your comments on the big match to the panel of guests - Craig Brown, Billy Dodds and Darryl Broadfoot - and they may be used on the programme. The email address is

1325: "I'd love to think Falkirk will win, but sadly they won't. I'll be watching Everton instead..." ExorcistDavestrikes the first blow on My Sport

You would get decent odds on Falkirk and Everton winning today.

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1310: Scorchio! Good afternoon and warmest greetings for the final day of the Scottish football season. This is it; the showpiece as holders Rangers take on Falkirk in the Homecoming Scottish Cup final at a sun-kissed Hampden.

The weather is more Morocco than Mount Florida, with hardly a cloud in the sky above the national stadium on the south side of the city.

So the players will no doubt look a bit flushed and puffed out by the final whistle.

The temperature pitch-side is an eye-watering 40 degrees!

Rangers are gunning to secure a league and cup double, while Falkirk manager John Hughes could write his page in the club's history books by winning the cup for the first time since 1957.

Hughes, who watched his side avoid relegation on the last day of the season, has been linked with the managerial vacancy at Hibs. Could this be his last game in charge of the Bairns?

Forget the BBQ until tomorrow and stay with us throughout the afternoon.

BBC Radio Scotland's live coverage from the national stadium is available online, on BBC One Scotland and you can see highlights on the same channel at 2230 BST.

You all know the drill by now; send your comments to My Sport and via text on 80295.

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