Rangers 2-1 Motherwell: Maurice Edu and Steven Naismith set up Old Firm final

Lasley's leveller undone as Gers create historic final
Rangers beat Motherwell to set-up an Old Firm clash in the final of the Scottish League Cup.

The Glasgow giants started well with early chances created through the efforts of Nikica Jelavic.

Twenty minutes into the game, Maurice Edu fired a ball into the net from 25 yards. Rangers got into the driving seat and Jelavic almost scored but he was deemed offside.

Walter Smith's side tried to keep possession until the break as Motherwell tried to break through Rangers' defence line.

Stuart McCall's side pushed Rangers but could not give squeeze through the Rangers defence to score in the first half.

The second half got underway with Rangers looking hungry for the goal which would seal the victory, but there was controversy when captain David Weir challenged John Sutton in the box, with Motherwell players calling for a penalty.

Near the hour mark and Motherwell upped their game as Jennings hammered a shot from distance, but Neil Alexander was on the lookout and managed a great save.

However, a few minutes later, Keith Lasley stunned Alexander as he kicked hard and low and nabbed an equaliser.

Motherwell seemed revived by the leveller and showed quality in trying to score again but the Gers retaliated with superb play by Jelavic who broke through into the box and crossed to Steven Naismith to head home.

Rangers survived a late scare as Steven Saunders' header was saved by Alexander and the final whistle came as a great relief for Smith et al, who can now turn their attention towards a showpiece finale with bitter rivals Celtic.

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