2008 Scottish Cup Final
The 2008 Scottish Cup Final was a football match which took place at Hampden Park in Glasgow on 24 May 2008. The match was the final of the 123rd Scottish Cup and was contested by Queen of the South and Rangers. Queen of the South beat Aberdeen 4–3 in their semi-final, Rangers beat St Johnstone 4–3 on penalties after the match had ended 1–1 after extra time.
|Event||2007–08 Scottish Cup|
|Date||24 May 2008|
|Venue||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
First Division Queen of the South were contesting a Scottish Cup final for the first time in their history. The date of the final was four weeks after the end of Queens league season meaning the First Division side had not played a competitive game in that time. This was Rangers' 50th appearance in the final, winning 31 times and losing 17, with one final (1909) resulting in the cup being withheld  It was Rangers' third cup final of the season, having won in the League Cup Final and lost in the UEFA Cup Final.
Route to the finalEdit
|Queen of the South||Round||Rangers|
|Home team||Score||Away team||Scorers||Home team||Score||Away team||Scorers|
|Peterhead||0 – 5||Queen of the South||Dobbie 27', 89'
O'Connor 44', 57'
|Queen of the South||4 – 0||Linlithgow Rose||Dobbie 16'
McArthur 72' (o.g.)
|Round Four||Rangers||6 – 0||East Stirlingshire||McCulloch 25', 50'|
Boyd 30', 45', 62' (pen.)
|Greenock Morton||0 – 2||Queen of the South||O'Connor 46'
|Round Five||Hibernian||0 – 0||Rangers|
|Replay||Rangers||1 – 0||Hibernian||Burke 88'|
|Queen of the South||2 – 0||Dundee||Dobbie 52'
|Quarter-finals||Rangers||1 – 1||Partick Thistle||Boyd 69'|
|Replay||Partick Thistle||0 – 2||Rangers||Novo 27'|
|Queen of the South||4 – 3||Aberdeen||Tosh 22'
|Semi-finals||St Johnstone||1 – 1 (a.e.t.)
(3 – 4 pen.)
|Rangers||Novo 102' (pen.)|
Queen of the South started with the same team which had beaten Aberdeen in the semi-final with Stephen Dobbie and Sean O'Connor up-front as part of a 4-4-2 formation. The midfield was composed of Paul Burns, Neil MacFarlane, Steve Tosh and Jamie McQuilken. The defence was made up of Ryan McCann (the quarter final hero with a goal against Dundee from 84 yards meriting an application to the Guinness Book of Records as the longest distance goal from an outfield player) Jim Thomson, Andy Aitken and Robert Harris. Jamie MacDonald started in goal. Sean O'Connor was the only player not from Scotland in the team. The only player to drop out of the squad from the semi final victory was former Rangers youth Brian Gilmour, with Scott Robertson taking his place on the bench.
Rangers also used a 4–4–2 formation, making four changes from the side who were beaten 2–0 in Aberdeen, with Kris Boyd and Jean-Claude Darcheville up-front. Rangers were without Nacho Novo who was suspended and without Chris Burke and Steven Naismith who were both injured, DaMarcus Beasley had recently returned from injury and was a surprise inclusion and started in midfield with Kevin Thomson, Barry Ferguson and Lee McCulloch. Steven Whittaker, Carlos Cuéllar, David Weir and Saša Papac made up the defence. Neil Alexander was making only his 12th start in goal for rangers. Carlos Cuéllar, Saša Papac, DaMarcus Beasley and Jean-Claude Darcheville were the non-Scots to start, meaning that 17 out of the 22 players that started the match were from Scotland, this was 5 more than the previous year.
Queen of the South were the more dangerous team in the early stages, with problems being caused by Stephen Dobbie and Sean O'Connor. Rangers best chance came when Boyd passed to Beasley in a good position but his shot went into the side-netting, minutes later and the roles were reversed when Boyd met a Beasley cross eight yards with his head, he could only nod over the net, although should have done better. A disputed foul was awarded against Tosh for a challenge on Beasley 25 yards out. Barry Ferguson tapped the free kick to Boyd who hit the ball into the top left corner, Rangers were 1–0 up after 33 minutes. Queen of the South felt they should have had a penalty when Steven Whittaker pushed Sean O'Connor but the referee did not agree. Rangers doubled their lead three minutes before half time when Carlos Cuellar's header was missed by Jim Thomson and Ryan McCann who collided which allowed Cuellar's header to reach the back post to fall for Beasley, whose shot from 12 yards went under goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.
Both teams started the second half unchanged. Four minutes after the restart, O'Connor broke clear of Cuellar in the Rangers box and then cut the ball back for Tosh to score using his pelvis. Queens were back in the match. Rangers briefly threatened to restore their advantage, but a Boyd header was held by MacDonald. Papac then fouled McCann 10 yards from the Rangers box. Thomson rose to firmly head home from the Bob Harris free-kick. After 53 minutes the sides were tied at 2–2. Rangers could have restored their lead when Jean-Claude Darcheville passed to Beasley and he then passed to the feet of Ferguson but the skipper shot straight at the keeper. Boyd scored after he rose highest from Beasley's corner to head the ball over the keeper and into the net with 18 minutes to go. Queens never seemed likely after that despite making three changes.
Post match commentsEdit
Tosh commented in The Scotsman after the cup final, "We showed what we're capable of in the second half, and when I went into the Rangers dressing room they knew they had been in a game. But I'm still bitterly disappointed." Tosh added, "I thought the free-kick that led to their first goal was very soft and that lots of decisions that were given against us were very easy to give. Sean O'Connor got pushed in the back in the box at the back post and it was as blatant as the nose on my face but that would have been a decision against Rangers in a cup final at the Rangers end and that's just not going to happen."
"The gaffer (Gordon Chisholm) didn't lose his head (at half-time)," said Queens midfielder Jamie McQuilken, "he just said that we never showed up in the first half. He was spot on, but he reminded us of how we got to the final and inspired us to play like that in the second half."
McQuilken added, "We're so disappointed. You don't win anything by giving Rangers a two-goal lead and we don't think we'll ever get a better chance to beat Rangers. After we scored we got an extra spring in our step and they looked worried and tired. They were arguing amongst themselves and I thought 'we've got a right good chance here'. We needed to score in the first five minutes after our second goal when we were on top. But credit to Rangers, you don't get to UEFA Cup finals for nothing."
Chisholm said, "To be honest, I thought we didn't turn up in the first half and that was disappointing. I would say that is the poorest we have played in a long time. In the second half we did much better and it was more like us. There are no excuses but I think four weeks is a hell of a long time to have a break and for the first 45 minutes we looked rusty and we looked as though we didn't have any belief."
|Queen of the South||2 – 3||Rangers|
|Report||Boyd 33', 71'
Queen of the South
|Statistic||Queen of the South||Rangers|
|Shots on target||4||12|
Source: Guardian report
Scottish Cup recordEdit
The 2008 Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Queen of the South was broadcast live in Scotland on BBC One Scotland and in the rest of the UK on Sky Sports Xtra. BBC One Scotland also broadcast highlights later on that night at 23:35 BST.
In North America it was broadcast live on pay-per-view Setanta Premium. In Kenya it was shown live on G Sports 1. In the Czech Republic it was shown live on Sport 1. In Italy it was shown live on Sky Sport 1 and Sky Super Calcio. In Russia it was broadcast live on 7tv. In Bosnia it was shown live on OBN BiH.
- "Scottish Cup Fixtures". BBC Sport. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2008.
- Club History Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
- "St Johnstone 1–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. 20 April 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2008.
- Why no one won the Scottish Cup in 1909, The Guardian
- "Dundee Utd 2–2 Rangers". BBC Sport. 16 March 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2008.
- "Zenit St Petersburg 2–0 Rangers". BBC Sport. 14 May 2008. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2008.
- SPL teams received a bye to the third round.
- http://sport.scotsman.com/scottish-cup/Goalscorer-Tosh-rants-at-referee.4118550.jp Goalscorer Tosh rants at referee and UEFA Cup
- "Queen of the South 2-3 Rangers". BBC Sport. 24 May 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
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