Pretty much ever Falkirk player has a claim to at least one starshot point after a pulsating, breathless game against Rangers.
Throughout the team, each player made a telling contribution against a Rangers side who equally contributed to an entertaining game worthy of the top end of the league.
But someone’s got to win the points for this week and though the Starshot leaders hit the net – and would have taken some of the prized points en route to this most prestigious of awards on any other day with a performance of their calibre – they have a genuine contender coming up the rails.... now where have we heard that before?
*** Danny Rogers: Again. Last week he made key saves against Hibs, this week he carried on with an excellent display capped in the final seconds when he tipped Martyn Waghorn’s penalty onto the post. His opposite number Wes Foderingham had a cracking game too, but Rogers was the difference yet again for Falkirk. He’s had his moments this season – Peter Houston regularly refers to his flailing at St Mirren and Alloa but since those wobbles the Irish under-21 keeper has been formiddable. The problem is, he’s not certain to stay around. On loan from Aberdeen, these performances surely aren’t going unnoticed at Pittodrie and the Bairns need to have a word with Derek McInnes to iron out Rogers’ eligibility in the Scottish Cup next month. If they don’t, or can’t, he’ll be a huge miss on this sort of form.
** Kevin O’Hara: Will Vaulks scored. John Baird scored and set-up Vaulks for the penalty. O’Hara didn’t score or lay on a goal – but what a sensational performance. He should have had a hat-trick. Remember, this was the 17-year-old’s SECOND start. And he was having goals ruled out for offside and forcing the Rangers goalkeeper into a couple of top-class saves with shots that indicated as much confidence as they did ability. He gave his absolute all and was not intimidated by Rob kiernan at the centre of Rangers’ defence and indeed, his constant movement contributed greatly to Falkirk’s win.
* Mark Kerr: Ball retention and decison making were central to Falkirk’s win, especially when you’ve got as many exuberant, willing runners around as Falkirk do. Kerr was the focal point and put his foot on the ball and his ability to pick the right pass and pace for moves was so subtley important to Falkirk it was in some ways overshadowed by Baird’s link-up and Vaiulks’ commandeering performance. He covered for the defence when they were being busied by Waghorn et al, and generally gave the team that experienced nous it needed.
17 Baird, Vaulks;
13 Rogers; 12 Sibbald;
11 P.Grant; 9 Kerr;
8 McHugh; 7 Muirhead, Miller;
6 Taiwo; 5 Watson; 4 Smith;
3 McCracken, Leahy;
2 O’Hara, Alston.