Oct 21 2012 By Fraser Wilson
QUEEN'S PARK ventured across the south side of Glasgow on Saturday for what was being billed as the original Glasgow derby.
And they did their best to turn the clock back to the club's heyday as the pushed Rangers all the way before succumbing to a second half double from Lee McCulloch.
Gardner Speirs' battling amateurs gave their more esteemed hosts a real scare in 90 frenetic minutes of action. And, on another day, they could very well have emerged wth a point.
But a lack of composure in front of goal cost the Hampden men dearly as, once again, the wise old fox Lee McCulloch did the damage for Rangers with a second half double.
A crowd of 49,463 crammed into Ibrox - almost 100-times the average crowd Queen's are used to performing in front of.
Yet the Spiders showed little fear as they looked to spring the latest shock on Ally McCoist's men's third division campaign.
Queen's keeper Neil Parry made the first save of the match when he held on well to Dean Shiels' effort.
But teen hitman Lawrence Shankland was causing the Gers defence problems at the other end and he brilliantly fed Jamie Longworth but the normally reliable striker blazed over.
Shankland himself had a good chance just after the half hour but his cheeky backheel from Andy Robertson's cross was tame.
Parry was on top form for the visitors and made a superb stop just before the interval when he pushed Northern Ireland hitmn Shiels' piledriver away to safety.
It remained goalless at half time, much to the annoyance of the frustrated home support.
And that enxiety grew moments after the restart when Longworth wasted another chance for the amateurs - heading over from a Shankland corner.
But the home side finally settled their supporters' nerves with the opening goal on 57 minutes.
Shiels was the architect as he left a trail of Queen's players in his wake before sliding the ball across goal fro McCulloch to poke home.
A collective sigh of relief rang out across Ibrox - but five minutes later they were almost back to square one. This time Robertson was guilty of passing up a glorious opportunity as he could only stab a weak effort straight at Neil Alexander after finding himself in a great position in front of goal.
That was about it for the visitors though as Rangers got the message and tightened up. And they put the result to bed in injury time when McCulloch notched his 13th goal of the campaign with another tap in after Barry McKay had rattled the bar.