Well any Rangers fan dreading yesterday can be forgiven, we have failed to win in the last four Old Firms & Celtic won three of them. Rangers have looked predictable, slow & unfit.
But yesterday in Walter Smith’s last visit to Hampden as Rangers manager the team looked up for it from the start. They played with a more attacking formation & started to win the all important midfield battle. The Ibrox men wanted it more; they took advantage of their Celtic counterparts off day. The goals had elements of fortune about them but in recent past meetings luck has totally deserted them, so we were glad of it returning.
There were outstanding contributions from certain members. Steven Davis deserved his man of the match award: he ran all day, kept the ball, worked back & got his goal. Gregg Wylde had a wonderful cup final, his pace, directness & crosses caused Mark Wilson & Scott Brown so many problems. Steven Whittaker had to be used as a make shift centre back for last forty minutes, he didn’t look out-of-place & made a match saving block. Nikica Jelavic worked so hard he made Neil Lennon haul off Thomas Rogne, as he couldn’t handle the Croatian. As for Davie Weir he may be forty but he was fantastic today & didn’t get caught out & wasn’t flustered by the defensive change.
Walter Smith deserves special credit for bringing on Vladimir Weiss late just before the end of normal time. Rangers were flagging but Weiss came on & ran at Celtic, kept the ball away from Gers defence & it was his quick thinking that released Jelavic to score the winner!
The ref done well including not awarding Rangers a penalty for a soft challenge on Jelavic & for the yellow he gave El Hadji Diouf for diving.
But for me as a Rangers fan I was proud of my team & delighted for Walter & Ally McCoist, after recent weeks we have been heavily criticised as a club for a whole host of reasons. But we won a cup final by playing attacking football & lets hope we can now take this form & attitude into the SPL & secure three in a row.
By Scott Johnston | www.thefootyblog.net