The Benchman: Rangers aiming low with Treble scarves

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The Benchman wonders where the referee found the extra time needed for Rangers to grind out a draw last Saturday.

FULL HOUSE - NOT: Changed days indeed down Govan way. Saturday football with something to play for, a bright sunny day and only a crowd of 35,556? The history and the heritage of the club stands in stark contrast to the present reality.

The usual sectarian references were clearly on display, but the prize for sheer small-mindedness went to the hawker selling scarves emblazoned with the words ‘Treble My A***’

PAROCHIALISM? If ever there was a sign of the tribal nature of football in Glasgow it was the range of flags and scarves on sale from the Ibrox subway to the stadium itself. The usual sectarian references were clearly on display, but the prize for sheer small-mindedness went to the hawker selling scarves emblazoned with the words ‘Treble My A***’. Obviously printed since last Sunday’s cup semi-final, it said a lot about how far we still have to go to eradicate the poisonous rivalry.

MY KINGDOM FOR A BUS: There won’t be many buses available this side of the Highland Line on May 30. It seems all of the town is keen to be there, and coach operators are doing a roaring trade.

FAMILY FINAL: 1997 was brilliant when Falkirk and Kilmarnock made it a real family day out at Ibrox. 2015 should be another one -and let’s hope that the pricing structure reflects the need to fill the ground as best as possible. People who have never been to a game should try to get there. Some of us are pinching ourselves to believe that we are going to our fourth Falkirk Scottish Cup final.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CLUB: As we get nearer the big day at Hampden, no doubt the High Street will see the influx of street traders and hawkers selling hats, scarves and flags for the Final. The club gets absolutely nothing from these people who have pirated the badge and club logos. If you want to help your local club, please buy your souvenirs from official outlets.

AIMING LOW: Rangers players and fans were celebrating a draw against Falkirk, as they headed for the play-offs in the second tier of Scottish Football. It was the Champions League not so long ago.

TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign John Clark?

ANSWERS: Last week’s star striker was John Whiteford who had hit a rich vein of form. Alex McCrae was replaced as manager by Sammy Kean.

WHO ATE ALL THE IBROX PIES? Now we know. Clue: “Never before has a boy wanted more. Won’t ask for more when he knows what’s in store.”

SNAPPER SNAPPED: While we’re on the subject of Falkirk Herald employees, I heard physio Kris Robertson’s main concern on Saturday was the snapper injured on the touchline at Tom Taiwo’s goal – then treated in the Ibrox press room while editing his photos. Now, where’s that machine we bought for Rory loy’s recovery?

DEPRESSION: I really thought we were going to see our first Ibrox league win since 1925/26. Where did that amount of stoppage time come from?

POISON PEN: An amazing half-time rant from one Ibrox punter directed towards the mild-mannered Graham Spiers, erstwhile hack and broadcaster. You would have thought he was a mass murderer judging by the venom directed towards him as he sought his half-time pie. (Luckily there were still some left.)

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