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St Mirren   0 - 0   Rangers

St Mirren striker Billy Mehmet and Rangers midfielder Lee McCulloch
Billy Mehmet and Lee McCulloch battle for an aerial ball

By Andy Campbell

St Mirren and Rangers will contest a replay to decide who progresses to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup after a goal-less lunchtime encounter.

Goalkeeper Paul Gallacher saved well from Steven Davis' header for the visitors before the interval.

Madjid Bougherra made two last-ditch clearances in quick succession to deny Saints striker Michael Higdon.

And Rangers keeper Allan McGregor made some important saves to keep St Mirren at bay late in the match.

The Buddies were sprightly early on and put Rangers under some early pressure with a series of crosses into the box, Higdon having a header cleared in the six-yard box by Bougherra.

Rangers weathered the storm and almost caught St Mirren out with a slick counter-attack that ended with Gallacher claiming the ball as Kyle Lafferty tried to convert Davis' low cross.

St Mirren's midweek goal hero against Hearts, Billy Mehmet, cut in from the left and hammered a shot into the grasp of Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor before David Barron's long-range strike sailed over the visitors' crossbar.

A weaving run by Andy Dorman then set up a chance for Higdon but McGregor was again equal to the shot.

At the other end, keeper Gallacher was called into action in the 35th minute to tip Davis' header wide after the midfielder had connected well with Kirk Broadfoot's centre.

Gallacher then had to act quickly to avert the danger posed by Steven Naismith as the Rangers striker tried to get on the end of Steven Smith's deflected cross.

Bougherra, who returned to the Rangers team after representing Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations, had caused St Mirren problems with his meandering runs and another at the start of the second half almost created an opening for Naismith but Gallacher was quick off his line to clear.

Rangers striker Kris Boyd and St Mirren midfielder Hugh Murray
Boyd's introduction failed to ignite the Rangers attack

Saints moved to the other end and Steven Thomson could not keep his shot down after running on to a loose ball.

The home side kept up the pressure and Higdon's downward header from Mehmet's cross was cleared frantically by Bougherra.

The Algerian rescued Rangers again moments later with a headed clearance on the goal-line after Higdon's lobbed shot had beaten McGregor.

Rangers responded by sending on Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller in place of Naismith and Lafferty, with the substitutes having recovered from recent injuries.

Mehmet leapt high to head Lee Mair's lofted cross towards goal but McGregor claimed the ball comfortably.

Referee Iain Brines ignored claims for a penalty after Steven Whittaker went down in the box under the challenge of St Mirren captain John Potter.

Craig Dargo replaced Higdon and almost made an immediate impact when his powerful drive from the left was beaten wide by McGregor.

McGregor tipped Hugh Murray's dangerous cross over the crossbar and Dorman could not find the target with a header as Saints' pursuit of a winner proved in vain.


St Mirren striker Billy Mehmet:
"In the last 20 minutes of the second half, I thought we had a chance to go and get a goal.

"Michael Higdon had an opportunity and Madjid Bougherra cleared it off the line.

"I thought we maybe deserved to go through but we knew it was going to be a tough game so to go to a replay, we're happy with that.

"We'll hopefully go and take our chances at Ibrox.

"We want to be in as many competitions as we can and hopefully progress into the final of this one as well."

Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist:
"It was a really tough game. I probably think both teams deserve another crack at it. I don't think there was much between the sides today.

"St Mirren made it incredibly difficult for us. They've got two lads up front that work very hard, hold the ball up well and are always an aerial threat.

"St Mirren definitely looked more dangerous. I thought we handled the threat pretty well.

"I didn't think we created an awful lot today and that was a disappointment for us. We didn't feel we created as much as we normally do or indeed should have.

"We could've done without a replay but if you're asking me would I rather that we were still in the cup, the obvious answer would be yes.

"The bonuses to come out of the game today are that we're still in the cup and we've got our two top scorers back. Another bonus is the fact that we got a clean sheet."

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Saturday, 6 February 2010

Scottish Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Mirren 0-0 Rangers FT
(HT 0-0)

      St Mirren

      • 01 Gallacher
      • 05 Mair
      • 06 Potter
      • 19 Barron
      • 21 Innes
      • 02 Ross
      • 07 Murray yellow card
      • 08 Dorman
      • 10 Thomson
      • 09 Mehmet
      • 11 Higdon (Dargo 80)

      Substitutes

      • 20 Howard,
      • 03 Carey,
      • 12 O'Donnell,
      • 38 Ramsey,
      • 18 Dargo

      Rangers

      • 01 McGregor
      • 16 Whittaker
      • 21 Broadfoot
      • 24 Bougherra
      • 26 Smith
      • 66 Wilson
      • 06 McCulloch
      • 07 Davis
      • 08 Thomson
      • 14 Naismith (Miller 63)
      • 27 Lafferty (Boyd 63)

      Substitutes

      • 25 Alexander,
      • 09 Boyd,
      • 10 Novo,
      • 18 Miller,
      • 48 Little
      Ref: BrinesAtt: 4,909
      ST MIRREN
      RANGERS

      Possession

      • St Mirren 46%
      • Rangers 54%

      Attempts on target

      • St Mirren 10
      • Rangers 3

      Attempts off target

      • St Mirren 4
      • Rangers 4

      Corners

      • St Mirren 9
      • Rangers 4

      Fouls

      • St Mirren 8
      • Rangers 12
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+2:16 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
      • 90:00+1:34 The ball is crossed by Steven Smith, Chris Innes manages to make a clearance.
      • 90:00+0:29 Steven Davis takes the direct free kick.
      • 90:00+0:29 Booking The referee shows Hugh Murray a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 90:00+0:06 Hugh Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thomson.
      • 89:13 Kirk Broadfoot concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugh Murray. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
      • 88:47 The official flags Craig Dargo offside. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.
      • 88:27 Andy Dorman is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.
      • 88:10 Billy Mehmet takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
      • 87:23 Kenny Miller delivers the ball, save made by Paul Gallacher.
      • 87:06 Jack Ross delivers the ball, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
      • 85:46 The ball is crossed by Steven Davis, Lee Mair makes a clearance.
      • 85:05 Header from close in by Andy Dorman misses to the left of the goal.
      • 84:03 Madjid Bougherra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo. David Barron takes the direct free kick.
      • 82:56 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Dorman played to the near post, Steven Smith makes a clearance.
      • 82:49 The ball is crossed by Hugh Murray, save by Allan McGregor.
      • 82:13 Billy Mehmet fouled by Madjid Bougherra, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Andy Dorman, clearance made by Danny Wilson.
      • 80:54 John Potter produces a cross.
      • 80:41 Corner taken right-footed by Andy Dorman, clearance by Lee McCulloch.
      • 80:22 Shot by Craig Dargo. Save by Allan McGregor.
      • 79:11 Free kick taken by Kirk Broadfoot.
      • 79:11 Substitution Michael Higdon goes off and Craig Dargo comes on.
      • 79:11 Unfair challenge on Kenny Miller by Lee Mair results in a free kick.
      • 78:33 Centre by Billy Mehmet, clearance by Danny Wilson.
      • 74:11 Billy Mehmet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
      • 73:33 Lee McCulloch has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
      • 73:21 A cross is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot, clearance by Chris Innes.
      • 72:08 Steven Whittaker challenges Andy Dorman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
      • 69:45 The ball is sent over by Kirk Broadfoot.
      • 69:35 Steven Smith produces a cross, Chris Innes makes a clearance.
      • 68:11 A cross is delivered by Jack Ross, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
      • 66:39 The ball is swung over by Lee Mair, Billy Mehmet takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
      • 65:18 Steven Smith delivers the ball, Lee Mair makes a clearance.
      • 61:54 Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
      • 61:54 Substitution Kenny Miller replaces Steven Naismith.
      • 61:54 Substitution Kris Boyd on for Kyle Lafferty.
      • 61:54 Michael Higdon is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
      • 60:28 A cross is delivered by David Barron, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.
      • 60:08 The ball is delivered by Hugh Murray, clearance by Lee McCulloch.
      • 59:50 Andy Dorman takes a inswinging corner.
      • 59:27 Michael Higdon takes a shot. Clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
      • 58:47 A cross is delivered by Billy Mehmet, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
      • 56:41 Shot from just outside the box by Steven Thomson goes over the target.
      • 56:33 Billy Mehmet sends in a cross, Danny Wilson gets a block in.
      • 55:49 Steven Smith delivers the ball, save by Paul Gallacher.
      • 55:03 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis to the near post, John Potter manages to make a clearance.
      • 54:42 Steven Davis takes a shot. Hugh Murray gets a block in.
      • 54:11 Corner taken by Steven Davis from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Paul Gallacher.
      • 54:02 Kevin Thomson produces a cross, clearance made by Chris Innes.
      • 50:50 The ball is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.
      • 49:33 Unfair challenge on Hugh Murray by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
      • 48:04 Centre by Kirk Broadfoot, clearance by Lee Mair.
      • 45:31 Kyle Lafferty concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugh Murray. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
      • 45:12 Billy Mehmet takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
      • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:12 The first half comes to an end.
      • 45:00+0:48 Steven Davis produces a cross, Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
      • 44:16 Corner taken right-footed by Andy Dorman from the right by-line, Hugh Murray takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
      • 43:28 Outswinging corner taken by Andy Dorman from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
      • 43:21 Andy Dorman delivers the ball, Steven Smith manages to make a clearance.
      • 42:56 Steven Thomson crosses the ball, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
      • 42:19 Steven Smith sends in a cross, save by Paul Gallacher.
      • 40:36 Centre by Jack Ross, Allan McGregor makes a save.
      • 37:45 Michael Higdon takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
      • 37:30 Hugh Murray crosses the ball, Danny Wilson makes a clearance.
      • 36:49 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andy Dorman.
      • 36:32 Chris Innes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot. Kirk Broadfoot restarts play with the free kick.
      • 36:10 Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Ross. Free kick taken by Jack Ross.
      • 35:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Mehmet on Lee McCulloch. Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.
      • 35:13 Steven Davis takes the inswinging corner, Lee McCulloch concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Mair. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
      • 34:49 Centre by Kirk Broadfoot, Steven Davis takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
      • 32:10 Kyle Lafferty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Innes. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
      • 31:55 Michael Higdon takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
      • 30:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on John Potter. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
      • 29:24 David Barron takes a shot.
      • 27:07 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance by Michael Higdon.
      • 26:59 The ball is crossed by Madjid Bougherra, Chris Innes manages to make a clearance.
      • 26:34 The ball is swung over by Steven Davis.
      • 26:03 Steven Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee McCulloch. Danny Wilson takes the direct free kick.
      • 24:29 Shot from 30 yards by Billy Mehmet. Save by Allan McGregor.
      • 22:34 Corner taken right-footed by Andy Dorman, Lee McCulloch manages to make a clearance.
      • 22:10 Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Dorman, Lee McCulloch manages to make a clearance.
      • 19:36 Kirk Broadfoot delivers the ball, clearance made by Jack Ross.
      • 15:26 Hugh Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
      • 14:11 Madjid Bougherra delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Steven Naismith goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
      • 11:36 Jack Ross sends in a cross, clearance made by Danny Wilson.
      • 10:55 Steven Davis sends in a cross, blocked by John Potter.
      • 9:42 Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Lee Mair, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
      • 8:26 The ball is swung over by Jack Ross, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
      • 6:51 The ball is delivered by Steven Thomson, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.
      • 6:33 Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Dorman, save made by Allan McGregor.
      • 5:44 Madjid Bougherra challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jack Ross, Kyle Lafferty makes a clearance.
      • 3:13 Madjid Bougherra produces a cross, Steven Whittaker has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
      • 0:33 The ball is crossed by Madjid Bougherra, Lee McCulloch produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
      • 0:14 Steven Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.
      • 0:00 The game begins.

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