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Highly frustrated: Gary Bollan
Highly frustrated: Gary Bollan

By Ronnie Esplin

Cowdenbeath manager Gary Bollan was left "frustrated and annoyed" after last night's William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Rangers was postponed less than three hours before kick-off.

It is understood the Scottish Football Association called in local referee Scott Millar to perform a pitch inspection and he deemed a corner of the surface frozen and unplayable.

The League Two club were caught out after wind temporarily blew covers off a small area of the Central Park pitch.

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis was on course to make his debut for Rangers following his return to the club.

Bollan said: "We're frustrated and disappointed as we've prepared all week. To get to this late stage on the Friday night right before the game and so close to kick-off is massively disappointing. We're annoyed as well. At this moment, just under three hours before kick-off, the area in the corner is touch and go. It's firm but I wouldn't say dangerous.

"With a bit of work between now and kick-off it could have been made playable. Everywhere else is absolutely ideal.

"When I arrived at the ground I asked about the state of the pitch and was told about the one corner but the guys said they were hugely confident the game would go ahead. So it's a bit of a surprise that the referee was called at half past four. I've got to take on board the referee's reason - but players have played on worse."

• St Mirren have brought Kyle McAllister back to the club on loan from Derby until the end of the season.

The winger made 17 appearances for Saints before being sold to Derby aged 17 two years ago but has yet to make his first-team breakthrough.

Defender Anton Ferdinand signed a contract extension until the end of the season while 21-year-old Bournemouth goalkeeper Jordan Holmes joined on loan after Danny Rogers suffered a knee injury.

Manager Oran Kearney said: "I'm very pleased to have Kyle in. Kyle had a great start to his career here and got his move to Derby. He's someone I've been aware of since I joined the club with people talking about him."

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