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Rangers did not just exit Ibrox yesterday afternoon with a Scottish Cup win but with a moral victory too.

Michael Beale’s call to gift Partick Thistle a goal – even as Allan McGregor’s instincts clearly struggled with the decision – was a laudable act, all the more so given the balance of the tie at that point.

He was right on all counts, if only to relieve Malik Tillman of any nonsense that would have rumbled on had play gone on as normal.

The biggest surprise of the game was the dismissal of Ian McCall straight after as he joined the likes Jim Goodwin and Steve Hammell on the immediate exit route from a game.

The timing seemed bizarre given the competitiveness of the performance from the Championship side, even if their league form has been erratic in recent months.

Whatever Scottish football lacks – and Giorgos Giakoumakis made a few decent points about it – it is not colour or entertainment.