Ex-Celtic midfielder Mark Millar targets another cup shock against Rangers with Queen of the South



MARK Millar knows what it is like to score the winning goal against Rangers in the League Cup – but the Queen of the South midfielder insists he would gladly accept any kind of victory tonight.

Millar was a Falkirk player when he curled in a stunning stoppage-time free-kick to clinch a dramatic 3-2 win against Rangers five years ago.

The former Celtic youngster would love to recreate those raucous celebrations this evening but admits Queens, who surged to the top of the Championship at the weekend, would love any success at Ibrox in tonight’s quarter-final, no matter how it is achieved.

He said: “That Falkirk game was brilliant but I would take an own goal in the 90th minute to win us the game this time.

“If I score or anybody else does I’ll celebrate the same way if we can get the right result.

“We’re all looking forward to it. There’s no bigger places than Ibrox and Celtic Park to go and play games.

“We might have wanted to avoid Rangers to try to get to the semi-final but hopefully we can go there and show what a good team we are.

“Going top of the league at the weekend has given the boys loads of belief going into this game.

“We already had a lot of confidence in the dressing room and it’s important that you believe you can get a positive result when you go to places like Ibrox.”


Queens have suffered defeat only once in 12 competitive outings so far this season and maintained their unbeaten run in the league with Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Raith Rovers.

Stephen Dobbie’s double took his tally to nine in eight games since returning to Palmerston Park last month, when he marked his second game back with the equaliser in the previous round against his former club, Hibs.

The one-time Rangers striker will be seeking to make it back-to-back successes against old teams but, with Derek Lyle also pitching in with eight goals this term, Millar insists they are by no means a one-man team.

The 28-year-old added to Capital City Press: “Del (Lyle) has been the top goal-scorer in the last two seasons I’ve been at the club but bringing in the quality that Stephen Dobbie has is massive.

“You see it in training, some of the goals the two of them score are incredible and it’s great to have the two of them scoring as freely as they are.

“You see the impact Dobbs had against Hibs and hopefully he can have the same impact against Rangers.

“If he could play his part in helping us get a victory and he scores then great, but if it’s someone else who scores then it doesn’t matter.”