Rangers 2 Falkirk 2: Bairns denied history

25-04-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Ibrox Stadium. Rangers FC v Falkirk FC. SPFL Championship. Goal Tom Taiwo 7.
25-04-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Ibrox Stadium. Rangers FC v Falkirk FC. SPFL Championship. Goal Tom Taiwo 7.
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Falkirk re-enacted their south of Glasgow script with a fine second half performance in the city for a second time in seven days.

Goals from John Baird and Tom Taiwo in a second-half flurry lookedenough to deliver a knock-out blow to Rangers and deliver the Bairns’ first league win at Ibrox since season 1925/26.

25-04-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Ibrox Stadium. Rangers FC v Falkirk FC. SPFL Championship.Goal John Baird 35.

25-04-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Ibrox Stadium. Rangers FC v Falkirk FC. SPFL Championship.Goal John Baird 35.

It had all the hallmarks of the Hibs victory a week ago along the road at Hampden, with a second-half sucker-punch from the Bairns after being overrun in the first half.

But two late goals - the eqiualiser coming deep inside a surprisingly long injury time added on – denied them the first win in alomst 90 years.

The opening 45 minutes had been mostly about the home side calling the shots.

Jamie MacDonald made a couple of good saves from Ryan Hardie and Peter Grant’s block stopped a certain goal for Kenny Miller.

Cammy Bell did have to make an adventurous diving save to thwart John Baird after a decent ball in from Luke Leahy in a rare clearcut chance for Falkirk.

And the second half seemed to begin in the same vein, with Luke Leahy having to scoop a Kenny Miller effort off the line on 47 minutes and Lee Wallace driving just over.

But Falkirk had been gee’d up since the interval and carried their own threat.

After a good spell of play, mostly coming down the left wing and Craig Sibbald they took the lead just after the hour from a Sibbald corner knocked on by McCracken and with Rangers players standing staring, both John Baird and Will Vaulks slid at the ball, with the former getting the vital touch to steer it past Cammy Bell.

The Bairns celebrated with a tiny pocket of fans in the corner but there was more to come, and Baird was again the instigator after a frustrating first half up front.

Now supported adequateley by Sibbald and Taiwo for nthe second half Baird spun Lee McCulloch on the halfway-linbe and scampered forward unhindered. Tom Taiwo sprinted to give him an option in the box and the striker took it, sliding a ball into the middle that was slotted in by the ex-Hibs and Chelsea midfielder.

The reaction from the home fans was to jeer every touch of McCulloch obviously pinning the blame on the captain’s shoulders. Their fall-out continued until noises of support drowned out the criticisim when McCulloch took possession.

The Rangers fans made for the exits as early as the 73rd minute and Falkirk began to tire. Botti Biabi replaced goalscorer Baird just after a wonderful save by MacDonald clawed a Lee McCulloch header out opf the top corner.

Rangers pulled a goal back through the impressive loanee Haris Vuckic to set up a frantic ending, but the Bairns clung on until the 90th minute and beyond.

MacDonald made a great save to deny McCulloch again but from the resulltant corner Nicky Law converted the equaliser and all that was left on referee Euan Anderson’s watch was to kick off.