ALL SQUARE IN DOUBLE HEADER TRIBUTE AT FIRHILL
Partick Thistle Legends 1 (Montgomerie 40) Rangers Legends 1 (Durie 21)
Lambie received a warm welcome from both sets of fans
prior to kick-off, with Rangers fielding what was
effectively a youth team against a home side that was
virtually the full-strength Jags first team.
Unfortunately the family atmosphere was ruined by the
abusive songs and chants emanating from the home
support. This could have come as no surprise to those
Gers fans with lone-enough memories to recall
when they were last at Firhill on League business,
the Partick Thistle fans being notorious for their
racist chants and songs.
Unbelievably there were some amongst the Jags'
fans who, having hurled abuse at the Light Blue
legions who were here simply to pay tribute to John
Lambie, then took exception to a rendition of
Rule Britannia from the visiting fans.
The extent of this madness culminated with several
Thistle fans led away by the stewards.
As to the game itself, the home side had the better of
the first-half, with Lee Robinson coming to his
side's rescue on several occasions. A plethora
of half-time substitutions from the home side handed
the initiative to the Ibrox youngsters who dominated
the second half, with Rory Loy and John Fleck both
The hour-long game ended 0-0 - and then it was
time for the Legends game.
Played understandably at a slower pace, and scheduled
for twenty minutes' each way, this game brought
the crowd to life with Arthur Numan almost opening the
scoring in five minutes with an exquisite chip from a
Robert Prytz pass that came back off the crossbar.
Chic Charnley had been warmly welcomed by both sets of
fans, and he almost brought the house down seven
minutes later when his thirty-yard shot flashed inches
wide of the target.
The first-half ended goalless - but within sixty
seconds of the restart Gordon Durie raced away on a
Numan through-ball to stroke the ball home.
That goal looked like settling the issue, despite the
best efforts of Ally McCoist to add to the scoreline
- with at times the respective line-ups
numbering fourteen-a-side as substitutes trotted on
and off, and cameo appearances in the Rangers line-up
for Bobby McCulley and Jim Rooney.
With the last kick of the match however Ray
Montgomerie scrambled the ball home from close range
to level matters at 1-1.
PARTICK THISTLE Arthur; Kane, Hodge (Robertson 30);
Smith (Boyd 30), Keogh (J. Gibson 30), Brady (Donnelly
30); McGoldrick (Young 30), Ferguson (Roberts 30),
Russell (McChrystal 30), McConologue, W. Gibson
UNUSED SUBS Tuffey
RANGERS Robinson; Lowing, Kinniburgh; Ponroy, Perry,
McMillan; N'Diaye (Stirling 30), Shinnie, Loy
(Little 55), Lennon (McLachlan 57), Fleck (Donald 57)
UNUSED SUBS Sagar
PARTICK THISTLE LEGENDS Murdoch; Tiernay, Pittman
(McKeown 20); Lennon, Rae, Duffy; Grant (Bone 20),
Montgomerie (Mitchell 20), McGlashan, Charnley, Elliot
RANGERS LEGENDS Goram; Nisbet, Numan; Gough, Smith
(Rooney 20), Brown; McCulley (Iain Ferguson 20), Prytz
(Durrant 28), McCoist, Durie, Bell
REFEREE Kenny Clark