Stubbs: A Deserved Victory

by Mark Rowan

Alan Stubbs believes that he and Everton more than deserved their winning goal at Ibrox on Saturday - even if it did get a helping hand along the way.

At 2-2 and in stoppage time the former Celtic hero stood up and unleashed a ferocious free-kick that gave the Blues of Merseyside a morale boosting pre-season victory.

After being booed by the home crowd for the full 90 minutes, the goal, that was deflected into the back of his own net by former Blue Michael Ball, was justifiably deserved and Stubbs argued that after Everton's overall performance it was the right result.

He told "It was really pleasing not just for the goal but more for the performance of the whole team. It was another game for us along the way and I thought we looked a bit sharper.

"It was a great feeling for me personally, of course, and I always thought it was going in, though I wasn't too sure if it was going in after the first or second deflection.

"We probably deserved it in the end and to come back here and score is strange and I am sure there will be a lot of smiles on the faces of Celtic fans. But football is like that and from time-to-time throws these type of things at you."

Alan Stubbs' free-kick that gave Everton a memorable victory at Ibrox..

As a former Bhoy Stubbs knows all about Glasgow pride and the intimidating surroundings of Ibrox and though there was nothing too serious at stake on Saturday there was a less than 'friendly' atmosphere on the pitch.

"I have had a few battles here in the past and there is never a dull moment when you play Rangers," he added.

"There are no friendly games here and to be fair when I was at Celtic and we played teams from England they are always looking to put one over on them.

"There is still a lot of rivalry between England and Scotland - more than people think and you could tell out there it wasn't a friendly.

"They were missing a couple of players but we got the result and it was our biggest test so far. They don't come much bigger when you play Celtic or Rangers and it is shows you how far the club are coming when you play teams like this."

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