Ramsdens Cup: Rangers conquerers Queen of the South face Arbroath in semis

QUEEN of the South manager Allan Johnston claims he gave his side’s trip to Brechin City on Saturday more thought in the hours after his team’s 4-3 Ramsdens Cup penalty kick success at Ibrox than the famous win over Ally McCoist’s men.


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Queen of the South v Arbroath

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The Palmerston Park side knocked Rangers out following a 2-2 draw in the 120 minutes played and their manager attended yesterday’s semi-final draw, which paired his side with Second Division rivals Arbroath as well as Cowdenbeath against Partick Thistle, fully refreshed.

Johnston said: “The boys were flying after the game but I was more concerned about facing Brechin as that is a really tough game, especially at their place. Don’t get me wrong, beating Rangers is massive but the league remains our priority and I went to sleep thinking more about the Glebe Park game than the Ibrox one.”

But Johnston was proud of his side and added: “It was a real test to play in that atmosphere. There were parts in the game where we could have done better. When they went down to ten men, it was probably our worst period of the game and there is something to be learned from that.”

The former Ibrox player backed Rangers manager McCoist to bounce back from a stuttering start in the Third Division and their Ramsdens Cup exit, saying: “I spoke to Ally briefly after the game and he passed on his congratulations. I am sure he will turn things around as he has done in the past. I have enough on my plate being the manager of Queen of the South without looking at Rangers’ results but their team is only gelling just now.”