ALEX MACDONALD enjoyed a lot of success in Scottish Cup Finals as a Rangers player, but he also knows all about the pain that comes from being on the losing side.
Doddie won the Cup with the Light Blues on four occasions – in 1972/73, 1975/76, 1977/78 and 1978/79 – but he also suffered the same number of defeats during his 13-year Ibrox career and had to watch on as opposing players walked up the Hampden steps to receive the trophy.
As a manager, MacDonald also came within touching distance of Cup glory as he guided Hearts to the final in 1985/86 and Airdrie to two more – in 1991/92 and 1994/95 – but on each occasion he had to settle for runners-up medals.
This weekend the club legend will not have to deal with the pressure that comes with such a big occasion and he is looking forward to seeing how Mark Warburton’s players fare against Hibs, just like every Rangers supporter.
He said: “It should be a great game and if there is one piece of advice I can give it would be to just go out and win!
Don’t wake up the next day with any regrets – so enjoy it, give it your best shot, and the rest will take care of itself.
“Once the whistle goes all the nerves will go.
“It’s a one-off game and the adrenaline will be there, the players will have kept their fitness up as well.
“They’ve had that wee break which has been good for them and I think they will do really well.
“The passing and the movement has been superb, we saw that against Celtic and hopefully we will see it again.
“I’ve got to be honest with you, I said to a few lads in the Kirkintilloch Rangers Club that Celtic would struggle to get the ball, and it was true.
“One of the lads after the game told me I was right, but when Rangers get the ball they keep it.
The movement is absolutely brilliant and that helps Kenny Miller and people who like to pass – it’s been fantastic.
“I don’t think anybody could have imagined what Mark has achieved this season, and I keep going back to the style of play.
“It has been fantastic to watch it, the players have given 100 per cent when asked and the manager speaks so well.
“You can see why they have bought into what he has tried to do here.”
Regardless of what happens this weekend at the national stadium Doddie believes great strides have been made this season, although he feels the squad will need strengthened further ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
He added: “It all depends on what they have brought in by then.
“I don’t see any problems, but Rangers will be coming up against bigger boys, even the ball boys are 6′ 7”!
“So they’ll have to add and they will add to the squad.
“You see the kind of job Mark has done now, it’s been great, and I think we are all looking forward to it.”