Double Tops! - Let's Have A Big Hampden Party
The high of Tannadice on Sunday will see to it that our guys are in the right frame of mind but it must not be forgotten that Falkirk too enjoyed a great success last weekend and, having been under so much pressure for much of the season, the shackles will be off and they will certainly be up for their day in the limelight.
The Bairns are known as a good footballing side, playing the game the way it should be played, pass and move, instead of hit hump and hope. That should suit Rangers, it will be a clear case of two teams adopting a purist style of play and, as we have better players than them, we should win it. If only it was so simple.
With doubts over the fitness of Pedro Mendes and Maurice Edu, it looks like Barry Ferguson could be in from the start and, amidst much speculation that this could be his final appearance in a blue jersey, it would be great to see him bow out on a high. With Falkirk badly hit by the suspension of midfield playmaker Arnau Riera it should give Baz additional opportunities to strut his stuff.
And although he has made it clear he wants to stay, stories about Kris Boyd being moved on during the summer months just won't go away. If Boydie knows something we don't, he will be determined to say his farewells with a goal or two and I quite fancy a wee punt on him for the first goal.
We are currently enjoying a good run of success against Falkirk. Since beating PLG's Gers in a monsoon back in December 2006, the Bairns have lost eight on the trot to Rangers and all the signs must point to nine in a row at Hampden. Walter Smith will make sure that nobody in a blue jersey takes anything for granted so I'm expecting us to go for it right from the start, a la Tannadice, take a grip of the game and make sure it is played in Falkirk's half of the pitch.
A year ago, having been robbed of the league title and lost out in the UEFA Cup Final, the game against Queen Of The South was a big anti-climax. Yes, it was great to win it - although we certainly made heavy weather of it! - but we were more wrapped up in what might have been, rather than on what we had won. There will be no such regrets on Saturday. Having won the title away from home, many fans were denied the opportunity to celebrate properly, although those who turned up at Ibrox were certainly in the party mood, so Hampden could be in for another one of those momentous days, transformed into one giant Teddy Bears Picnic.
Without the Great Unwashed and the other ever-growing bands of anti-Rangers hate groups, the Cup Final atmosphere should be good and it would be great to hear Bears belt out the full repertoire from the Rangers song book, no doubt upsetting somebody somewhere who will be recording every sound in the hope of being offended. Can you feel their pain? Yeeeesssss!!! GIRUY!
Just as we savoured every moment before, during and after Tannadice, this Scottish Cup Final can be another of those great occasions we will talk about long into the future. It might not have the drama of King Kai's, Big Tam's or Blue Peter's great day (I hope not!), or the colour of the Orange Final, but the players can etch their names into history and we can add to the backdrop and make it a date to remember.
After a couple of years away from the big Hampden occasions, Walter has brought it all back to us again. Winning both cups last season was great but memories of the team's dismal performance in the League Cup Final should see to it that there are a lot of very determined men in the Rangers dressing-room this time around.
Come on, guys, send each one of us off on our holidays with a smug smile on our face.