Kyle McAusland, Brechin City
Scored his third goal in his past four matches as Brechin City moved into the next round of the Scottish Cup. McAusland’s goal tied the match & later Brechin finished off the game with a penalty to knock Stenhousemuir out of the competition with a 2-1 victory. McAusland’s goal came in the 52nd minute as the ball squirted to him at the top of the box & he lofted his shot over a helpless Stenny keeper. McAusland was pushed up into a midfield role rather then his customary right back position.
Tom Walsh, Stenhousemuir
Played the full 90 minutes against Brechin City. He did not register a shot on goal.
Robbie Crawford, Morton
Came on as a sub in the 77th minute & managed to commit two fouls in his short outing. Morton played Airdrie to a 0-0 draw. Ally McCoist decided to allow Crawford to play in the Scottish Cup tie, meaning he will not be available for Rangers this season in the same tournament. Of all the players out on loan, Crawford was probably the last call to be cup-tied. Morton manager Jim Duffy addressed Rangers’ decision, via The Evening Times – “Rangers have given us permission to play Robbie. They have a lot of options in the middle of the pitch and decided that he can play. It is good that Robbie is available.”
Luca Gasparotto, Airdrieonians
Played the full 90 minutes in the heart of the Diamonds’ defence. Gasparotto had a chance to break the deadlock in the final minute, but sent a header flying over the crossbar.
Barrie McKay, Raith Rovers
Was an unused sub in Raith Rovers’ 2-0 Scottish Cup victory over Linlithgow Rose.
Calum Gallagher, Cowdenbeath
Did not make the squad for Cowdenbeath’s Scottish Cup tussle with Forfar Athletic. It can be assumed that McCoist did not want the forward cup-tied with the Blue Brazil.
Danny Stoney, Stranraer
Entered the midweek match as a 74th sub & wound up scoring the fifth & final goal in the dismantling of Peterhead. Stoney showed a great deal of pace & confidence as he sprinted through the heart of Peterhead’s defence before slotting home a pretty impressive goal. The two sides met again in the Scottish Cup on Saturday but Stoney was kept off the scoresheet in Stranraer’s 1-0 victory. He came on in the 84th minute as a substitute.
Craig Halkett, Clyde
Returned to the squad after missing the last few weeks due to injury. He came on as a second half sub in Clyde’s 2-0 loss to Lowland League side, Spartans FC. Barry Ferguson’s struggles continue & as expected, he let his team have it in the press. Via The Scotsman, Ferguson fumed – “The better team won. The team that wanted it most won and that’s what worries me.”
“I’ve got a team that’s got carried away over the last five or six weeks. They are on a bit of a run so they went out there and thought they were better than they are.”
“They were disrespectful to Spartans.”
“They are lucky January’s two months away. That is not the team that I train and set up. No chance.”
“That’s bottom-of-the-league material that. I’m not accepting it. I need to go with under-20s until the start of January. Then I can make a lot of changes.”