Joy at last for former Ipswich keeper

FORMER Ipswich and current Rangers' goalkeeper Neil Alexander finally got his hands on some silverware after missing out on the UEFA Cup and Scottish title.

FORMER Ipswich and current Rangers' goalkeeper Neil Alexander finally got his hands on some silverware after missing out on the UEFA Cup and Scottish title.

There was unexpected joy for Gers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley as well, who celebrated his 26th birthday by starting against Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday and scoring in Rangers' 3-2 win.

"Playing in a big game like that on my 26th birthday was exciting and to help Rangers win was a great feeling,” Beasley said, after his surprise call up on the morning of the game.

"None of my family were at the game because there was no time for them to come over.

"They didn't know that I was going to play but they were calling me afterwards to wish me happy birthday as well as congratulating me about the game.”

The Ibrox club lost out on the SPL title race to Celtic less than 48 hours before their trip to Hampden and just over a week after losing to Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Cup final at the City of Manchester Stadium.