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A truly excellent show by Celtic and good luck to them in the knock-out stages of the tournament. Good luck also goes to Rangers as they have just qualified from the group stages of the UEFA cup...C'mon ye Scots!!  Bilko


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Don't you think its a shame we don't see too many Scottish flags at these events though?...as its either a UNION JACK or TRICOLOR...but hey what a result for SCOTTISH FOOTBALL


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Well done to celtic and erm.... rangers,they did scotland proud 

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Well done to celtic and erm.... rangers,they did scotland proud 

 erm.....ah ken fine well wit ye mean frankie


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Don't you think its a shame we don't see too many Scottish flags at these events though?...as its either a UNION JACK or TRICOLOR...but hey what a result for SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

Well there should be a total ban oan they Union Jacks Admin2, thats aw am sayin. Bilko


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Don't you think its a shame we don't see too many Scottish flags at these events though?...as its either a UNION JACK or TRICOLOR...but hey what a result for SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

Well there should be a total ban oan they Union Jacks Admin2, thats aw am sayin. Bilko

Funny enough I never saw one that night

 

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6 December 2006
OLD FIRM JOB BOOST...

THE Old Firm yesterday backed plans to use football in the fight against youth unemployment.

First Minister Jack McConnell chatted with kids and teachers at education centres at Ibrox and Celtic Park as he launched the scheme.

He wants all 12 SPL clubs to offer education programmes for older teenagers. They will meet for a "soccer summit" next year.

McConnell said: "The clubs could inspire teenagers to be interested in education again, to get into training and get a job."

There are 20,000 teenagers in Scotland classed as NEETs - not in education, employment or training - who have little hope of landing a good job.

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain and Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said their clubs were committed to supporting communities across Glasgow.


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bet footballers are crawlin wae them too

I think it was a misprint by McConnell......and was thinking of NED'S far too much the plonker


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CHURCH LEADERS WATCH OLD FIRM GAMES TOGETHER.

SENIOR Kirk and Catholic figures are to attend Old Firm matches together in a move to help end bigotry.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien will join Kirk Moderator the Rt Rev Alan MacDonald for matches at both Ibrox and Parkhead.

The churchmen were invited to the matches by the clubs at an anti-sectarian summit in Glasgow yesterday.

Other measures revealed include an SFA decision to impose fines and deduct points from clubs whose supporters commit sectarian offences.

Away from the terraces, the Executive are urging more Catholic and non-denominational schools to make "twinning" arrangements.

Rangers and Celtic hope that the churchmen's visits as guests of the clubs will show that both clubs and both churches are rejecting bigotry.

Police and club stewards are looking into potential security problems and the visits will not be arranged in time for the two men to take their seats at Ibrox for Sunday's Old Firm clash.

But Mr MacDonald said they would take place soon.

The clubs' invitations came after Mr MacDonald revealed he had invited Cardinal O'Brien to Ibrox in the past.

But the plan was scrapped after police and security staff warned they could not guarantee "a quiet afternoon".

Speaking after the meeting, Mr MacDonald said: "I'm very confident my friend the cardinal and I will be going to a football match quite soon. We'll be working out the details and we'll let you know about that.

"It looks like I'm going to spend a lot of time at football matches."

Cardinal O'Brien said: "I've been invited again and again. It would be my hope to go, provided it was safe -I don't mean for ourselves, but safe for people who would be there."

Celtic chairman Brian Quinn said: "The days when people from different religions faced hostility are gone for good. I am totally confident they will both be well received."

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain said: "We certainly can guarantee their safety, We have formally sent an invitation to both."

As guests of the clubs, it is expected the churchmen would sit in the directors' box or corporate hospitality seats.

The summit was called by Jack McConnell as part of his campaign against the "secret shame" of sectarianism. It follows a similar gathering in February last year.

More than 80 representatives from football, business, churches, unions, councils, Orange and republican groups, police and media attended.

Delegates welcomed tough action by the SFA to cut bigotry but they said football was not the cause of the problem. The cardinal said poverty, unemployment, poor housing and boredom provided a breeding ground for bigotry.

The First Minister praised Rangers and Celtic for their efforts to stamp out bigotry since last year's summit. He added: "We must keep up the pressure and build on the good work already done."

Daily Record managing director Mark Hollinshead said: "We have a duty to reflect the views of our readers and they find sectarianism repulsive."


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18 December 2006
RANGERS 1 CELTIC 1

PAUL LE GUEN survives. His future in Scotland might still look almost as thin as his hair but yesterday's draw against Celtic will have bought him extra time, if not the belief of the Rangers fans.

At the end of another thundering 90 minutes of football Old Firm style, nothing much had really changed between Celtic and Rangers. The Parkhead side are still 16 points in front and certain SPL champions while Rangers continue to improve slowly but surely.

They fell behind close to half-time when the snarling Thomas Gravesen scored the 300th SPL goal of the season - and it was a belter, although keeper Allan McGregor blundered when he waved his arms at the cross ball - but refused to accept to defeat.

Driven by Barry Ferguson, who played a true captain's role but missed a sitter - even if Le Guen might dispute this, given that he prefers to underplay the influence of the man who wears the armband - the Ibrox side recovered from a slow and sluggish start to this season's second Old Firm encounter. In the second half, they were slicker and more determined and their late equaliser was no more than they deserved.

Brahim Hemdani, back at the heart of Rangers' defence, sloped forward two minutes from the end and whacked the ball into Artur Boruc's net.

The shot did take a deflection off Gravesen but the goal was due and although Le Guen would have been relieved not to lose the game on his home patch, he could also consider himself unlucky not to have seen his side win.

 

And that assessment also allows for referee Kenny Clark's error that denied Celtic a penalty only minutes after Gravesen's goal. Steven Smith tripped Neil Lennon as he made his way to the byeline and probably every one of the 50,418 fans expected to see a penalty awarded.

Clark, however, saw nothing untoward but it will be a long time before Celtic can rid themselves of the belief that they were robbed.

After the game Gordon Strachan pointed out his side have not had a penalty in 19 matches. Not sure about their other claims, but yesterday they should have had the chance to score from the spot.

Then again, perhaps Clark assumed Celtic would have squandered their award. This referee had given two penalties to the Parkhead side in previous Old Firm games only to see Henrik Larsson and John Hartson miss them.

Rangers, though, might counter by pointing out that Boruc made several wonderful saves, the best of them after 17 minutes when he defied gravity, the laws of physics and Nacho Novo to get a finger to his goal-bound shot.

Boruc followed that up by making a few more in the second half as Rangers pushed and played for their equaliser.

Bringing a determination laced with decent football, a mix that has been too often missing from their make-up this season, into play, they kept Celtic at bay in the second half while manufacturing chances and testing not only Boruc but also Stephen McManus, who was back in Celtic's defence alongside Bobo Balde.

Like his keeper, McManus also had a big game but even so Rangers didn't fancy making it six matches against Celtic without scoring.

As expected, Le Guen brought b ack the players he had rested against Partizan Belgrade and, sticking with a 4-4-2 formation, Rangers looked more confident and much more capable.

And it wasn't as though Celtic had gone to Ibrox to stroll around because of their 16-point lead over Rangers. Strachan's lot wanted to get away with a win and, with the likes of Lennon in the side, defeat or a draw is never an option. Comfort zones are for others, not for him. His pride wouldn't allow him to settle.

Celtic fans might have been surprised to discover there was no starting place for Kenny Miller - he got on as a second-half substitute for Jiri Jarosik - but perhaps not when you consider that Hib s defender Shelton Martis has scored more goals this season.

Martis' three have been own goals but he is still more prolific in the league than the Scotland international.

It was a small miracle the players heard the first whistle above the din that had built up around the packed stadium.

When the game did get going, it was Aiden McGeady who caught the eye first as he skinned Hemdani on Celtic's left and then danced away from Alan Hutton.

Then Mark Wilson's cross from the opposite flank had to be headed away by Hutton just as Jarosik was about to snap his neck forward to make contact.

Rangers forced their first corner in 12 minutes but it was dealt with efficiently by Celtic's defence, although they were spooked four minutes later when Novo staggered rather than pranced into a dangerous position, surviving his own poor touch and then a tug by Gravesen. Just to make sure, McManus slid in also but the referee gave a foul for the Danish player's intervention. Adam wasted the free-kick and soon after Ferguson blundered when he blazed over with just the keeper to beat.

His fans started to rise as he swung a boot at the ball but they all had to slump back into their seats as he belted his shot high and wide. Ferguson slapped his hands to his head. The loud groans wouldn't even have registered. He knew he'd sinned.

As always, the pace was furious and the fans' hearts would have been thumping like jack hammers. We were witnessing another wild mix of skilful touches, misplaced passes, desperate clearances, flailing limbs, snarling and baying.

There was certainly no lack of effort or commitment on a greasy and wet surface that was cutting up quickly and b adly under the thundering hooves.

The Ibrox pitch, in fact, has been poor for several weeks and the ground staff had to scatter green sand to disguise the most threadbare areas.

However, Celtic's defence looked even thinner when Dado Prso powered into the box where he was brought down by Lee Naylor. Le Guen was out of the dugout claiming for the penalty but Tommy Murphy, the far side linesman, had correctly flagged for offside.

With every Rangers fan in the ground screaming their disapproval, the game raged on from one end to the other until, in 37 minutes, Naylor sent a cross from the left into Rangers' box.

McGregor, who had been hesitant and reluctant to come for crosses, missed the delivery completely and the ball dropped to Gravesen. He faced a difficult finish but, like aworld-class striker, smacked the ball powerfully and high into the net.

Rangers were stunned, their fans silenced, but it would have been much worse had Clark awarded the penalty when Smith caught Lennon in front of the Copland Road Stand.

Only the referee knows why he didn't blow but Rangers refused to sit back and had three wonderful chances to score within the space of a minute and a half.

First, in 61 minutes, Prso was through but his shot hit the base of Boruc's left-hand post and, pouncing on the rebound, Libor Sionko hooked in an effort that hit the other post before the ball squirted out of play.

Then Novo, who might have been barged, stayed upright and from 12 yards screwed the ball inches wide.

Filip Sebo took over from Sionko with Miller and Stephen Pearson replacing Shunsuke Nakamura and Jarosik, who was injured. The changes did little to better Celtic and McManus was booked for a foul on Prso. Then, in 80 minutes, Le Guen took Adam off and sent on Thomas Buff el but the Ibrox side were denied again by Boruc, who pulled off another amazing save to touch Prso's header round a post.

Sebo was booked for a wild challenge on Naylor just b ef ore Rangers' hero stepped forward. Gravesen probably felt he'd done enough to block Hemdani's shot but the ball spun up over Boruc and into the net.

With only seconds remaining Sebo could also have made himself a hero with Rangers' fans but shot straight at Celtic's keeper. Some things never change. Just like the points' difference, despite the effort, passion, sweat, tension and chances.

However, the draw should bring Le Guen some respite from his critics.


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HERO ARTUR LAYS ON LAPLAND SANTA TRIP FOR SICK YOUNGSTER GEORGIA...

RANGERS hero Artur Numan has stepped in to help make it a Christmas to remember for a little girl diagnosed with leukaemia.

The Dutch defender was moved by the plight of four-year-old Georgia Cocking just weeks after she fell ill.

So he laid on a dream trip to Lapland for the youngster and her family - and Georgia met Santa and had a ride on a sleigh.

Artur was inspired by fundraiser Angela MacVicar and her daughter Johanna, who died of chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2004 at 27.

Now Angela has taken up the challenge to find a bone marrow donor for Georgia. Yesterday, Artur said: "I heard about Georgia through Angela and I was delighted to do my bit to help.

"I had won an auction for a trip to Lapland and it seemed no one deserved it better than Georgia.

"She has a lovely family and what I have done is nothing compared with all the work that is being done to find bone marrow donors for leukaemia sufferers."

Big-hearted Artur met Angela, of Bishopton, Renfrewshire, just after Johanna's death and the two struck up a strong bond.

He said: "Angela is a strong and inspiring woman and she cares so much about others.

"Anything to raise awareness that donors are needed is so important and she refuses to think of her own family's problems."

Georgia was diagnosed with the same form of the disease as Johanna on October 9.

Her family faced the bombshell that she will die within years unless a suitable donor is found.

Mum Debbie said: "We decided right away that we won't lie down, that we will fight our hardest to beat this illness.

"I met Angela MacVicar and she was a tremendous inspiration to me. She has helped bring thousands of potential donors to the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust and we would like to do the same. We are determined to find a match for Georgia and hopefully the search will help other people in the same situation too."

Debbie, from Northern Ireland, said the Lapland trip earlier this month was a dream come true. And Artur was there to meet them when they got back to Glasgow.

She said: "The trip was amazing. We went sledding with reindeers and huskies and had the most perfect time.

"Georgia was speechless when she met Santa and I had to fight back the tears."

The Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust are urging new donors to come forward to help people like Georgia.

The hotline number is: 0901882 2234


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WALT A MISTAKE IT IS TO SWOP PLG FOR SMITH.

IF you expected the Hotline to be made up of calls that amounted to a fanfare of trumpets welcoming Walter Smith and Ally McCoist to Rangers then think again.

It may be au revoir Paul Le Guen and bienvenue Wattie as far as Ibrox owner Sir David Murray is concerned.

But the guillotine wasn't far from the thoughts of a disillusioned element within the Ibrox support.

David McNeill, Cambuslang, said: "I'm so disgusted with what's gone on I'm giving up my season ticket and having nothing more to do with Rangers.

"Murray should have backed his manager instead of getting rid of him and letting the former team captain dictate policy at the club. Mob rule has taken over."

John Currie, Motherwell, said: "Murray should hang his head in shame. Le Guen has been hung out to dry over the Barry Ferguson issue."

John Brown, Falkirk, said: "I'm sad to see Le Guen go and I'm not keen to welcome Walter back.

"It's a panic move and I won't be going back to Ibrox until we get someone decent in the manager's office - someone such as Terry Butcher."

Mark Aitken, Coatbridge, said: "Ferguson has got off lightly in all of this. He'd have been out the front door by this time if Sir Alex Ferguson had been in charge."

Dave Moffat, Gartcosh, said: "Ferguson has thrown his toys from the pram and he's now Rangers' irritating equivalent of Paolo di Canio or Pierre van Hooijdonk. Smith should show him the way out."

Lindsay Law, Perth, said: "What's Murray playing at? Smith left Ibrox nine years ago because he could take the club no further forward. I wanted to see Sam Allardyce or Steve Bruce get the job."

Louis Cargill, Airdrie, said: "It"s a disgrace that we have lost PLG. We were second in the league and still in Europe under him. He needed time and I'm very upset he didn't get it."

Peter Thomson, Castlemilk, said: "I've supported Rangers since Scot Symon was the manager and Walter is no use to us.

"Putting him and the TV personality, McCoist, together is giving the club the equivalent of Tom and Jerry."

David McGill, Balornock, said: "Mark Hateley said in Record Sport he'd rather have Smith than Fabio Capello, Arsene Wenger or Sir Bobby Robson. Has he had a look at who's won what? He's having a laugh, isn't he ?

Peter, Yorkshire, said: "I'll be giving up my season ticket at Ibrox if Walter Smith and Ally McCoist arrive. I think it's a disgrace they have left Scotland in the lurch."

William King, Armagh, said: "Is it right for Walter to re-trace his footsteps back to Ibrox? I would have thought George Graham would have been a decent choice."

Ronnie Knox, Tullibody, said: "All this trouble over Ferguson who is wildly over-rated. If Smith has any guts, he'll bin him at the first opportunity."

The Celtic supporters wanted to give their view on their rivals.

Brian Youngson, Hamilton, said: "Why all the hype? Walter's done nothing since nine in a row and he could hardly have failed to make an abysmal Scotland side better than they were.

"Rangers would have been better off with Davie Moyes or Billy Davies."

Tony Kerrigan, Erskine, said: "I thought PLG was supposed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread?

"Now Rangers have lumbered themselves with Walter and Ally. It doesn't worry me as a Celtic fan."

Spike O'Neill, London, said: "No decent manager would take the Rangers job after what's happened at the club in the last week.

"Walter only won his nine in a row because Celtic had no money at the time."

David McCarroll, Hamilton, said: "Celtic were on their knees when Rangers won nine in a row. Smith's record has been abysmal since then."

When in doubt, give the SFA a kicking.

Eric Liddel, East kilbride, said: "All we heard about a few months ago was how the SFA should get Walter on an extended contract before he was stolen away by a big club side.

"And what do the numpties do? They sit on their backsides and lose him to Rangers."

James Gray, Glasgow, said: "Walter can't look after Rangers and the national team. Scotland isn't a part-time job."

Danny George, Clydebank, said: "Where is our visionary leader, David Taylor, when the SFA are in danger of losing the man who re-united the Tartan Army ? He's a waste of space."

Alex Grant, Cambridge, said: "Walter must stay in charge of Scotland and let Rangers get themselves another manager."

There were some calls of support for Walter and Ally.

Philip Jackson, Northern Ireland, said: "Congratulations to Murray for getting Walter. It's a good move. Bring back Richard Gough at the same time."

Bob Henderson, East Kilbride, said: "Welcome back, Walter. PLG was a disgrace, particularly in the transfer market. His signings were diabolical."

Margaret Dryburgh, Armadale, said: "The first thing Murray has to do is give Walter money to spend. The second is to get Filip Sebo off to Weight Watchers."

Gillian Black, Belfast, said: "I'm glad Rangers said, 'C'est finis' to Le Guen and brought back Walter."

Dougie Munro, Brighton, said: "I'm delighted Le Guen's gone. I'm only sorry I didn't get the chance to drive him to the airport for his flight home."

And, finally, the conspiracy theory.

John Fleming, Larkhall, said: "Paris St Germain declare an interest in Le Guen and then he suddenly chops Ferguson from the captaincy, prompting his removal for upsetting the chairman's pet player. Coincidence or what?" C'est la vie.

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'Murray should have backed his manager instead of letting Ferguson dictate club policy '


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WEAKLINGS...

CARETAKER boss Ian Durrant branded his players weak after Rangers' humiliating Scottish Cup exit at Dunfermline.

The 3-2 defeat at East End Park guaranteed the struggling club back-to-back seasons without a domestic trophy for the first time in 37 years.

Rangers slumped to yet another embarrassing low although manager-inwaiting Walter Smith will move quickly to draft in badly-needed reinforcements this week with a move for Paul Hartley.

The Hearts midfielder is top of Smith's shopping list with the Ibrox side prepared to shell out £750,000 to prise the Scotland international away from Tynecastle.

But on the evidence of yesterday's pitiful display, Paul Le Guen's successor needs an entire new team.

Even Durrant was forced to admit that major surgery is required after goals from Jim Hamilton, Stephen Simmons and Phil McGuire put Rangers to the sword.

 

8 January 2007
DUNFERMLINE 3 RANGERS 2
Durrant said he'd die happy if he was Rangers boss for one day - more likely he'll die of embarrassment...

DO not mistake what happened after the break at East End Park yesterday as a sign that there may yet be life in this Rangers side.

These were no more than the nervous twitches of a team which is already dead.

In fact, as Walter Smith watched from the comfort of his front room in Helensburgh, Dunfermline exposed this lot for the rotten corpse of a side that they are.

The thought may even have occurred to Smith - as the SPL's worst team raced into a 3-0 lead - that it is not too late for him to save himself and politely decline the invitation to take charge.

After all, yesterday proved once and for all, that it's not a manager that Rangers need to get back on their feet. It's a miracle worker.

Cause of death? A seriously dodgy defence coupled with a failing heart.

 

Yes, Smith must be unhinged to get involved with this lot and put his reputation on the line after working so hard to build something out of a Scotland side which was in a similar state two years ago when he received an SOS from the SFA.

And yet at some point, probably in the next 24 hours, he will stride through the front doors and relieve Ian Durrant of the responsibility of holding the fort.

Durrant will be happy to hand over the jacket. Before yesterday's tie - a match which could have seen Dunfermline romp into a bigger lead before Kris Boyd's late double - Durrant said he would die happy in the knowledge he had managed Rangers for just one game.

Die happy? More like die of embarrassment.

Rangers were truly awful and nothing Durrant did to Paul Le Guen's game plan made the blindest bit of difference.

He did dismantle the Frenchman's first-choice central-defensive pairing of Brahim Hemdani and Karl Svensson but after 34 minutes, and with the Pars already 2-0 up, the comedy duo were hurriedly re-united with Julien Rodriguez given the hook.

There was no sign at all of Jeremy Clement, who is thought to be injured but already has an eye on a quick return to France and may not be seen again when Smith takes charge.

With Dado Prso and Libor Sionko also on the casualty list, Durrant found places for Nacho Novo and, of course, Barry Ferguson - a player supposedly burning up inside with desire to prove himself.

Ferguson may have even fancied himself to emerge as the hero and he had the chances. But when a saviour was needed he came up short - hitting the bar with a late header and drilling a shot straight at keeper Roddy McKenzie.

It was a dramatic way for the game to end but the truth is Rangers got no more than they deserved. Elimination and humiliation. The very trademarks of their season.

This lifeless lot were buried from the moment Boyd misjudged an Owen Morrison cross to allow the ball through to Jim Hamilton.

With Ian Murray posted missing Hamilton had time to control it on his chest and smash a right-foot finish past McGregor.

Rangers' defending was shoddy but it was still a terrific finish and with 17 minutes on the clock the hosts sensed something special in the air.

They were so relaxed they were able to pass the ball around and make Rangers look increasingly ragged before Stephen Simmons slammed home the second.

Teenager Jim O'Brien, on loan from Celtic, was relishing being in the thick of it all and began to command the midfield in direct contrast to Ferguson who was hardly contributing at all.

Morrisson was causing Rangers serious problems from wide areas too and it was from his corner that McGuire almost netted a second but the defender's header smacked into Stevie Crawford who could not get out of the way. Rangers were spared -but not for long.

In 29 minutes - and with the Rangers defence crumbling before the eyes - Morrisson's overhead kick fell perfectly at Simmons' feet just six yards from goal.

Svensson blocked his initial shot but the ball cannoned off Murray and ricocheted straight back to Simmons who made no mistake the second time, lashing it high into the roof of McGregor's net.

With the travelling fans baying for blood Durrant responded by chopping Rodriguez, sending on Chris Burke and moving Hemdani back into defence. You could almost hear Le Guen spluttering with amusement into his onion soup.

But this was no laughing matter for Rangers who were now in danger of losing their self-control as well as the last of their self-respect.

Boyd and Adam were both booked in quick succession to join Novo and Dunfermline's Simmons in ref Iain Brines' black book.

Durrant got his players inside in a state of complete and utter disarray. Their condition deteriorated still further as McGuire connected with another Morrisson corner to head home No.3 in 46 minutes.

It almost got worse before it got better for Durrant who watched in dismay as Svensson took a fresh-air swipe inside his own box and Hamilton passed up the chance to bag a fourth.

But Boyd scored his first in 53 minutes to make it 3-1, sliding in to stab home after some superb play between Novo and Rae carved open the Dunfermline defence.

Panic began to grip the Fifers when, in 67 minutes, Boyd struck again, heading Murray's fine cross high past McKenzie from a couple of yards out.

But although Rangers pressed hard for a leveller that would have taken the tie back to Ibrox they couldn't manage it.

Ferguson hit the bar with a header and then fired straight at McKenzie when he ought to have done better.

Burke set both of those chances up and, in between, also provided one for Boyd but the striker screwed his shot across the face of goal.

Rangers were incapable of saving themselves in the end. They are a truly rotten lot.

MAN OF THE MATCH Owen Morrison (Dunfermline)


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