Rangers 4 Falkirk 1: Muirhead spares Sibbald’s blushes

Muirhead celebrates his fortunate strike. Picture Michael Gillen.
Muirhead celebrates his fortunate strike. Picture Michael Gillen.

Craig Sibbald admits he was pleased to see Aaron Muirhead spare his blushes and deflect Falkirk level at Ibrox in yesterday’s 4-1 defeat to Rangers.

The midfielder’s shot was turned in by his skipper’s knee in the Scottish Cup quarter final and drew Falkirk level – parity that lasted all of 29 seconds before Jason Cummings restored the home side’s lead.

Muirhead celebrates his fortunate strike. Picture Michael Gillen.

Muirhead celebrates his fortunate strike. Picture Michael Gillen.

Sibbald admits his shot was “going well wide” until Muirhead’s intervention.

He told The Falkirk Herald: “It was off a shank, it was going well wide. Thankfully it hit Aaron and went in to get us level but we didn’t hold that for long enough and that killed us.

“It wasn’t the best of starts from us and we got ourselves back into it but then we just switch off and they get 2-1 lead and then it’s hard to come back from that then the third gives them all the momentum.

“It’s an uphill battle from there.”

As soon as Rangers took the lead Sibbald, the most experienced player in the Falkirk ranks, stepped up and assumed responsibility in the midfield leading to his strike for the goal, but he was critical of himself in how he performed in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The 22-year-old added: “You’ve got to step up in the big games, but I want to get on the ball as much as I can, but I’m quite annoyed at the second half – I don’t feel I got enough of the ball and we ended up going quite long, I always try to get on it but it just wasn’t great today.

The gaffer was quite positive. He said we went for it but were unlucky with the goals and that they weren’t good enough with the slack play at them. But he was quite positive about other areas of our play and we just need to carry that into Morton this weekend.

The gaffer says we have 10 games left and have to put all our energy into them and get as high up the league as we can.”