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Saturday 9th April 2016

Petrofac Training Cup Final preview

Rangers and Peterhead meet in the Petrofac Training Cup Final at Hampden Park on Sunday, live on BBC ALBA with a 3.00pm kick-off.

Rangers and Peterhead meet in the Petrofac Training Cup Final at Hampden Park on Sunday, live on BBC ALBA with a 3.00pm kick-off.

Road to the final - Rangers: The Ibrox club began their campaign with a 6-2 win over Hibernian at Easter Road, helped by doubles from Martyn Waghorn and Kenny Miller. James Tavernier and Andy Halliday were also on target for Mark Warburton’s men.

Rangers then saw off Ayr United 2-0 at Somerset Park with goals from Nicky Clark and Barrie McKay. Livingston were next up in the quarter-final and Clark struck with 15 minutes left to earn a 1-0 win against the holders. In the semi-final at the end of November, Rangers defeated St Mirren 4-0 – the scorers were Jason Holt, Miller, Waghorn and a Sean Kelly own goal.

Road to the final - Peterhead: The Blue Toon were paired with League 1 rivals Brechin City in round one and claimed a 3-0 victory at Glebe Park thanks to a Jordon Brown double and a Rory McAllister goal. McAllister took centre stage in an incredible second-round tie at Falkirk when he netted all five in a 5-3 win after the Bairns had led 2-0.

Stenhousemuir were beaten 3-0 at Balmoor in the quarter-final, with Jamie Redman, McAllister and Steve Noble all on target in the first half. The semi-final draw sent Peterhead to Hampden and they defeated Queen’s Park 2-1 with goals from McAllister and Leighton McIntosh.

Team news: Rangers will be without top scorer Martyn Waghorn due to a knee injury suffered against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup two months ago. Long-term absentee David Templeton remains on the sidelines. Peterhead boss Jim McInally has a doubt over Scott Ross but Simon Ferry came through a midweek bounce game.

Petrofac Cup past: Rangers reached the final two years ago but were beaten 1-0 by Raith Rovers after extra time at Easter Road, when John Baird scored the only goal. Peterhead are appearing in their first final – their previous best was in 2010/11 when they reached the semi-finals but were knocked out 2-1 by Queen of the South at Balmoor.

Cup facts: Livingston won the trophy last year, beating Alloa Athletic 4-0 in the ninth final to be played at McDiarmid Park. The competition began life as the B&Q Centenary Cup in 1990/91 and was won by Dundee, who defeated Ayr United 3-2 after extra time at Fir Park. This is the 25th final – there was no competition in 1998/99 – and the first to be played at Hampden.

Top scorers: Peterhead striker Rory McAllister has already netted eight times in this season’s competition. Rangers’ leading marksmen are Kenny Miller and Martyn Waghorn with three goals.

Extra time: If the scores are level after 90 minutes, extra time and penalties, if required, will settle the outcome.

Tickets: There will be no matchday sale of tickets.

Turnstiles: Open at 1.30pm. Supporters are asked to arrive in good time as enhanced security checks will be in place.

Travel advice: Information from Police Scotland HERE

Match programme: 100-page souvenir edition, priced £5. Produced by ProgrammeMaster.

Can collection: The Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (formerly Yorkhill Children’s Charity) will be collecting before the game.

Presentation: Rangers supporter Ellen Wallace or Peterhead fan Nicola Cairns will present the trophy to Lee Wallace or Steven Noble at the end of the game.

Referee: George Salmond
Assistant referees: Gordon Crawford and Anthony Cooper
Fourth official: Don Robertson

TV: Live on BBC ALBA, coverage begins at 2.45pm.

Twitter: For the build-up, match updates and reaction, follow @spfl #PetrofacFinal