Straight-shot Millar right to strike

21/09/11. John Devlin. Communities Cup. Falkirk FC (3)  V Rangers FC (2). Miller skrikes the winner.
21/09/11. John Devlin. Communities Cup. Falkirk FC (3) V Rangers FC (2). Miller skrikes the winner.

IF TAM Scobbie had his way, Mark Millar wouldn’t have hit the underside of Neil Alexander’s crossbar and capped a famous win for Falkirk.

The defender, a composed figure throughout last week’s game thanks to his extensive SPL experience, told Millar not to shoot in the final minute.

Millar ignored him and the rest is history, Scobbie is pleased to say.

“I actually had a word and told him to cross it to the guys for a header,” he told Heraldsport.

“But he told me in no uncertain terms to leave him alone and that shows how much confidence Mark has.

“Mark has a great delivery and takes all our set-pieces so I wasn’t surprised when the ball went in - it shows what he is capable of.

“You need the rub of the green sometimes to beat the Old Firm and we got that with the crossbar - but it was through hard work too.”

Scobbie knows what’s involved when playing the likes of Rangers, and what it takes to lead against the bigger SPL clubs.

“I have played in many games where you go a goal up against Rangers and Celtic and they claw that back - that’s what makes them champions.

“But when we went two up and they got it back we were preparing for extra-time, but thankfully Mark saved that for us.

“It shows the champions that Rangers are, they put us under the cosh, but thankfully Mark banged in a freekick. On the night it was deserved.”

There were similarities between last week’s victory and the pulsating last-gasp win over Hearts at same stage of last year’s competition.

Then the Bairns went on to be knocked-out by Aberdeen in a late, late show at Pittodrie.

This time round they’ll face another away tie against SPL opponents - Dundee United.

But the game should hold no fear for Falkirk.

“The Hearts game was similar,” said Scobbie. “We took the lead and they came back but we fought it back to win.

“The atmosphere was electric and we always seem to have a good run the cup - it’s the type of games guys thrive to be involved in.”

As a Falkirk lad, Scobbie was aware the main stand issue riled a few fans, but thinks more should have seen the game.

“I know there were a few a bit upset we gave Rangers half the main stand but those that came will be delighted they did - they were fantastic and created a brilliant atmosphere.

“This was the game that should have been on TV - two teams going at it, and it would have been great for our young lads to play on TV.

“When it went 2-2 it could have collapsed but we showed character. Rangers bought on Naisy and Jelavic and that’s a compliment,

“The young guys are full of confidence. Right through the team, we were great.”