Sport Falkirk humbled by part-time Cove Rangers as League One set for fascinating title battle
Gerrard has huge Rangers decision to make after big blow with “wonderful” ace - opinion
The news that Nathan Patterson will have to serve a suspension will undoubtedly cause a headache for Steven Gerrard for the rest of the season.With James Tavernier only making a return to training recently, the manager faces a real headache as to who to select at right-back for upcoming fixtures, with Patterson set to miss the games against Cove Rangers, Hibernian and St Johnstone, as well as the Old Firm derby, although that could change depending on whether or not the Light Blues progress in Sunday’s cup tie.
Cove Rangers recorded a huge victory over Falkirk to blow the League One title race wide open.
Paul Hartley steered his men to a well deserved 2-0 win at Balmoral Stadium as the part-time outfit went level on 31 points with the Bairns at the top of the table.
Partick Thistle, who were not in action, are one point further behind.
Yet, with one game remaining before the split and the nature of the division, it would be foolish to rule out a late surge from either East Fife or Airdrieonians, four and five points off the top respectively.
Fringe benefits for Rangers as 4-0 win over Cove sets up Celtic Scottish Cup clash
Steven Gerrard has prioritised a Scottish Cup win from his squad – to add to the Premiership title they’ve already banked. © Kemar Roofe (R) makes it 2-0 during a Scottish Cup Third Round tie between Rangers and Cove Rangers ... But the Rangers manager also has an unbeaten league campaign record which is just five games away and is conscious of spreading the minutes amongst his squad after a lengthy and demanding season. However, he has insisted he won’t do either to the detriment of Hampden glory – now his number one priority.
The Fifers produced a come from behind win at home to Peterhead to lift themselves into fourth place.
In Cove, Mitch Megginson struck his tenth and 11th goals for the season in either half to earn the three points. Only Odsonne Edouard, Kevin Nisbet and Liam Boyce have scored more in the SPFL but none have as impressive a goals to minutes ratio as the 28-year-old.
While Megginson will grab the headlines for his ability to find the back of the net, ex-Hibs and Aberdeen midfielder Fraser Fyvie and on loan Hearts starlet Connor Smith ran the show in the middle of the park.
Pressure is increasing on the Falkirk management duo of Lee Miller and David McCracken. Well liked at the club but they have been unable to steer the Bairns to the Championship in the manner fans would have expected.
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Many Glasgow Rangers fans were delighted with Alfredo Morelos after his antics on the bench during the Gers’ 4-0 victory over Cove Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Sunday. The Gers were in fantastic form as they progressed to the fourth round of the competition. They scored all of their goals in the first 45 […]The Gers were in fantastic form as they progressed to the fourth round of the competition. They scored all of their goals in the first 45 minutes, with Kemar Roofe bagging a brace and Jermain Defoe and Nathan Patterson netting one apiece. The 55-time Scottish champions’ reward for winning will be a tie against Celtic at Ibrox.
They lined up with a back three but didn’t look comfortable in the system, while both goals conceded came from set pieces and either an inability to clear lines or a failure to mark one of the most potent forwards in Scottish football.
The lack of action for Cove goalkeeper Stuart McKenzie will be a concern with Conor Sammon going closest with an effort off the bar.
Both teams are in action again on Tuesday and both face teams pushing to get into the top five before the split. Cove travel to Montrose, while Falkirk head north once more to face Peterhead.
Partick Thistle have, on paper, the easiest fixture when they visit Dumbarton as Airdrieonians and East Fife meet in North Lanarkshire.
League One is the league to watch.
Ally McCoist urges Rangers to put cup 'marker down' and kill Celtic's rebuild momentum .
The 355-goal striker wants to see his old team make the most of an opportunity to add even more silverware to their haul. Now the ex-Ibrox gaffer believes Steven Gerrard and his troops can put worry and fear into their rivals for next term as well if they can win the Scottish Cup derby and go onto complete a dazzling Double.