Written by – Jamie Currie
Rangers won the Challenge Cup at the fourth time of asking as they beat Peterhead 4-0 at a sell-out Hampden on Sunday. Right from the off Rangers were the dominant side. Harry Forrester curled an effort wide early on and that would set the tone for the game. It was attack versus defence.
But for all Peterhead’s defensive resoluteness, they would go behind in the 18th minute. Rangers simply outran them down the left, Miller and Wallace combined and Ally Gilchrist would divert Miller’s cross beyond Graeme Smith to give Rangers the breakthrough that was needed.
The second would come before half time – the ball broke to Kenny Miller on the edge of the box and his deft touch set up James Tavernier to unleash an unstoppable shot beyond Smith.
The second half continued in a similar fashion. It was chance after chance. Halliday headed wide from a few yards out, Miller couldn’t get on the end of a Tavernier cross, and the third goal didn’t look like it was coming.
That was until Jason Holt‘s run into the box was illegally halted by Steven Noble and the penalty kick was awarded. Andy Halliday stepped up and converted with minimal fuss.
The last goal came in the 89th minute. Michael O’Halloran done well down the right and played in a low cross, Dean Shiels‘ touch diverted the ball into the path of Kenny Miller and the striker finished with aplomb to get the goal his play deserved.
Mark Warburton spoke of his delight for the fans
He said: “For me, to look around at the start of the game and just now it is truly outstanding. It really is a magnificent sight.
“The support today was superb and the players delivered a performance again so I’m delighted.
“It’s great to get the silverware and share it with the fans then we’ll focus on next week.
“It’s been a good day and after Tuesday night it’s another trophy which is great for us and now we gear towards next week.
“It’s another step for us and another education for us. If we can learn from every game we play in, these types of games are really important for that.”
MAN OF THE MATCH
He had a hand in the first two goals and scored the fourth. It capped off a good individual display.
STAT OF THE MATCH
It was Kenny Miller’s 18th goal of a very productive season.
The own goal as it effectively ended the chances of Peterhead.
- The full-backs were instrumental in the win. All day long they were up and down both sides causing havoc for Peterhead.
- Kenny Miller was superb. He was at the heart of everything good about the Rangers performance.
- Andy Halliday had a very good performance – full of effort and industry and capped his display off with a well-taken penalty.
- Danny Wilson had a very good day. He won most things in the air and started many attacking moves.
ROAD TO THE FINAL
Round 1: Hibs 2-6 Rangers
Round 2: Ayr United 0-2 Rangers
Quarter-Final: Rangers 1-0 Livingston
Semi-Final: Rangers 4-0 St Mirren
Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden. Kick-off: Noon.