ANDREW VORCE - Thursday, September 22, 2011
Alejandro Bedoya was handed his first start alongside Carlos Bocanegra in a disappointing Rangers loss where Maurice Edu was left out of the team sheet.
Falkirk played host for the Third Round of the Scottish League Cup and the first half saw the teams end on level terms. Ally McCoist opted to leave star strikers Nikica Jelavic and Steven Naismith on the bench, but Jelavic was introduced in the 55th minute.
Just three minutes later Falkirk broke the deadlock through Farid El Alagui. Neil Alexander was preferred for the cup game over Allan McGregor but the Cup goalkeeper was no match for the back post header. Kieran Duffie sent in the cross that found the midfielder on the back post for the nod in.
The goal prompted McCoist to put Naismith on the field for Bedoya, and the front man hit the post just two minutes after coming on. Rangers pushed forward heavily but were caught on the counter attack as El Alagui doubled their lead in the 73rd minute. Rangers defense failed tick pick up the goal scorer as he rifled home a header past Alexander.
Rangers clawed back into the game with eight minutes left on the clock after Steven Whittaker's cross was headed home by Dorin Goian from inside the area. Naismith tried his luck from close range but it was Jelavic who scored the equalizer in the 86th minute with a header from close range.
As the game looked like it was heading to extra time as midfielder Mark Millar stepped up to strike home a winner in the third minute of added time. Alexander was able to get a hand on it but only to push it onto the bottom of the bar and into the goal.
Bedoya had an early chance that McGovern was able to deal with but will be looking for more play time after being handed his Rangers debut. His next chance is Saturday as Dunfermline play host to Rangers at East End Park on Saturday.