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Alex McLeish has insisted that Rangers crashing out of the Scottish Cup this week is “brilliant” news for the SPFL.

The Bears sensationally were beaten by St Johnstone on penalties last week at Ibrox and missed out on the double under Steven Gerrard, who made no excuses.

McLeish slammed the prolific nature of the Gers, who missed numerous chances before eventually throwing away the clash.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “No.

“When I watched, the chance that they had, they were really poor. There were guilt-edged chances. You have to prepare for a shock.

“As soon as you see these chances, you say why didn’t they put it in the net. Normally, Morelos gets a lot of his goals like that.

“There’s no Old Firm in the Scottish Cup, it’s sensational, brilliant for the Scottish Premiership because we have lacked challengers to Rangers and Celtic.”

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Inexplicable.

Gerrard was far from happy with his squad after the defeat, and he had every single right to be raging with what was on show at Ibrox.

This season has been incredible, but there is no hiding from the fact that we have missed out on the perfect opportunity to seal a famous treble.

After losing to St Mirren in the League Cup, and adding it to this defeat, there are two moments that we need to forget about quickly.

Hopefully, this doesn’t come back to haunt us and we can get back to winning these tournaments from next season onwards; it needs to change.

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