RANGERS earned the right to play Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on May 21 after their 2-1 semi-final extra-time success over Celtic yesterday.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst watched his side battle their way back from the loss of a goal to Greg Taylor in the 64th minute to emerge victorious after substitute Scott Arfield equalised with 12 minutes to go to take the game into an extra half-hour.

And with the clock ticking down, Calvin Bassey raced down the left wing before thrashing over a low cross which was deflected past the helpless Joe Hart by the unfortunate Carl Starfelt for the winner.

DUTCH DELIGHT…Giovanni van Bronckhorst shouts for joy at full-time.

It had been the usual frantic and hectic Glasgow derby confrontation with referee Bobby Madden booking seven players – five from the Ibrox team and two from the Hoops – as both sets of players locked horns.

The Tynecastle club booked their spot 24 hours earlier with an identical scoreline against Hibs with Ellis Simms and Stephen Kingsley scoring the goals and  Chris Cadden hitting his side’s consolation.

Now all eyes are on the national stadium next month for Rangers v Hearts.

Scotzine’s ace snappers were at Hampden for the fourth Glasgow head to head this season.

Here is the best of the best.

HOLD ON…Joe Aribo finds a novel way of halting Callum McGregor’s progress.

HIGH AND MIGHTY…Cameron Carter-Vickers climbs above Joe Aribo to head the ball away.

OUCH…Tom Rogic winces as Calvin Bassey catches his left ankle.

AERIAL ANTICS…Anthony Ralston challenges Rangers duo James Tavernier and Jon McLaughlin to a high ball.

TOUCHLINE TALK-IN…Ange Postecoglou passes on some instructions to keeper Joe Hart.

UP IN THE AIR…Anthony Ralston leaps to clear from James Tavernier.

HAIR-RAISING…Kyogo Furuhashi sends the ball goalwards with Connor Goldson and James Tavernier watching.

HOOP HOOP HOORAY…Greg Taylor celebrates with his team-mates and fans after his goal.

THE EQUALISER…Scott Arfield curls the ball beyond the diving Joe Hart.

THE WINNER…Carl Starfelt lies on the turf after deflecting a cross past the helpless Joe Hart.

GLASGOW BELONGS TO ME…a jubilant Giovanni van Bronckhorst celebrates at full-time.

END OF THE TREBLE DREAM…Anthony Ralston, Kyogo Furuhashi (half hidden) and Callum McGregor applaud the Celtic fans.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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