The Benchman is off to Hampden Park in confident mood - which seemed an unlikely scenario following a recent calamity in Cowdenbeath.
FOUR IN A ROW, SMITHY DON’T GO: Well done to Alex Smith for his careful stewardship of the side and who could have expected three away wins on the trot? The style of play was maintained and the football was pleasing to watch. You can’t buy experience.
THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: Name the future Bairns manager in this team line-up. Name the player on the extreme right front row.
NOT THE SATURDAY HE’D EXPECTED: Young Liam Dick thought he would be a spectator at the Cowdenbeath game and then leave to join up with the Scotland Under -19 squad to fly out to Serbia. When Stephen Kingsley called off with a heavy cold, Liam was drafted in and he played exceptionally well. Bet he slept well on the plane.
GARY HOLT: Welcome to the new man in charge. His appointment hadn’t been predicted by the internet experts and it surprised many. He was highly recommended by former colleagues and he has earned his chance at management. Good luck, Gary.
100 YEARS ON: One hundred years on from our first Scottish Cup success and we are one game away from the Final. Can dreams really come true? Not to mention one game away from a possible European adventure – if we beat Hibs and if Celtic reach the Final.
A GAME OF THRONES?: The SPL meet first and the SFL meet later. If the SPL can’t agree, will the SFL need to meet at all? There seems to be a paralysis of action at the heart of Scottish Football. Confusion, obfuscation, delay, uncertainty, mistakes, management speak, self-preservation. Brian Rix couldn’t have scripted this one. Who will be king? Who will be the king-maker?
TEASER: Which Scot won an English League medal in 1961 as a player, and in 1975 as a manager, but with a different club?
LAST WEEK: The teaser was 15 years ago. Hearts v. Falkirk at Ibrox and the goalscorer was Kevin McAllister- and what a goal it was. That was a picture of Harold Davis in an East Fife strip before he signed for Rangers.
NAE LUCK: You had to have a wee bit of sympathy for Colin Cameron’s side last Saturday. They aren’t the worst side in the league and could easily have scored twice in that first 45 minutes. They certainly chased and harried and were never four goals poorer than Falkirk.
GIVE US A CLUEDO: The plot thickens down Govan way. We will need to extend the Cluedo board soon. Whodunnit? Mr Green, with the phone call in the boardroom? Mr Whyte with the tape-recorder in the office?
BENCHMARKS: Match rating: 8 Team rating: 8 Opposition: 7 Referee: Murray 6 Best Bairn:Sean Higgins