Ex-Town keeper could make two finals

ONE of the last things Neil Alexander did for Ipswich was save a penalty, which in turn meant the Blues hung on for a goalless draw at home against Plymouth.

Derek Davis

ONE of the last things Neil Alexander did for Ipswich was save a penalty, which in turn meant the Blues hung on for a goalless draw at home against Plymouth.

The next day he joined Rangers and now has the chance of playing in two cup finals.

On Sunday he helped the Gers reach the Scottish Cup final when they will face Queen of the South on May 24, and on Thursday he will be between the sticks as Rangers take on Fiorentina in the semi-final of the UEFA Cup.


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Alexander saved two penalties in the semi-final shoot-out as Rangers went through 4-3 against St Johnson, after the game finished 1-1 after extra-time.

The former Blues keeper, who joined last summer as a free agent after leaving Cardiff City, made 31 appearances for Town before the chance of a move to his native Scotland came about.

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Town keeper Shane Supple was another who enjoyed a landmark game in Scotland after making his debut for Falkirk after being on loan there since January.

Supple played the full 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet against troubled Gretna in the SPL.

Fellow countryman and Town team-mate Billy Clarke went on as a substitute to make his seventh appearance for the Bairns where he has scored one goal.

Another Irishmen who moved on in January is George O'Callaghan who is scoring goals for fun with Cork City.

O'Callaghan has weighed in with five goals in 10 games from midfield for the Rebels, who are sitting fourth in the Eircom League.

It is not been so much fun for Ipswich lad Ollie Fenn who left Town to join Galway United and has seen manager Tony Cousins sacked and last night replaced by former Blackburn skipper Jeff Kenna.

While Supple and Clarke have had limited opportunities in Scotland, Jaime Peters has enjoyed success with Yeovil who beat League One Swansea 2-1 in the champions' own back yard to ensure survival for the Glovers.

Canadian international Peters has made a dozen appearances for Yeovil since joining on loan.

Teenage defender Tommy Smith is also impressing on loan as he looks to help Peter Taylor's Stevenage reach the Blue Square premier play-off places. They entertain Northwich Victoria tonight and look to overhaul sixth-placed Exeter City who play bottom club Stafford Rangers.

While Jon Walters looks a nailed on cert to win the Ipswich Town Supporters' club, a former victor was scooping the major award at Charlton Athletic.

Matt Holland took more than 50 per cent of the votes at The Valley and has now been a winner of the fans' prize at Bournemouth, Ipswich and Charlton.

The 34-year-old has been a £900,000 bargain buy for Charlton who he has skippered under both Alan Curbishley and Alan Pardew and made more than 150 appearances in his five year spell.

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