Falkirk v Rangers: Mark Millar is made available for cup clash

Mark Millar was in fine form for Falkirk against Cowdenbeath last weekend. Picture: John Devlin
Mark Millar was in fine form for Falkirk against Cowdenbeath last weekend. Picture: John Devlin

Mark Millar is in contention for Scottish Cup selection after Falkirk and Dundee United struck up a deal.

The on-loan midfielder will be cup-tied to the Bairns if he, as expected, plays in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

And that could give an indication the Arabs will allow the Bairns to keep their talisman - who has yet to taste defeat since returning to the club - beyond January.

Bairns boss Gary Holt told Heraldsport: “Mark is up for selection as Dundee United have allowed us to play him as part of the loan - and we thank the club and manager Jackie McNamara for that.

“Mark is a winner - pure and simple. He’s great to have around and the wee man has been brilliant for us in each of the games he’s played.

“Now it’s been sorted he can stop moaning at me about it - apparently he’s a little more laid back in his approach to the last time he was here though.

“But though he does, it’s all done in the right way - he simply wants to play ”

Millar is equally delighted: “I’m pleased to be available and thanks to both sides for their part.

“The last time I played Rangers with Falkirk was the biggest win in my career, and led to the biggest game of my career against Celtic at Hampden. I see no reason why it couldn’t be repeated. The boys are full of confidence and have great energy.”

Millar could share a midfield with Ollie Durojaiye who made an impact stepping on for a cameo in the weekend’s 4-0 win over Cowdenbeath, and Gary Holt has a crowded midfield crew to pick from.

“It’s good to turn to the bench and see players who can make a change, strengthen the team and make an impact.

“The players have competition for places but now they have to earn their right to play.

“We’ve managed to have a fairly settled team recently, but they have to do their bit to keep their place - because the back-up is there and the competition is more intense now we have a clean bill of health and no suspensions.

“We’re in good form though, and Rangers are impressive too, the players can’t play every game so maybe it could be time to freshen up. We’ll see. We’ll have double sessions today - but there have been times already this season when the team has changed Friday night to Saturday morning.”