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Jon Daly: home advantage won't help us against Dundee United

Jon Daly's second-half header against Albion Rovers at New Douglas Park on Monday night handed Rangers a home Scottish Cup semi-final tie against Dundee United next month but he insists Ibrox will offer no advantage to the Light Blues.

Fraser Aird's early strike in the quarter-final replay against the Second Division part-timers had eased the nerves among the Gers support and they relaxed altogether after the break when the former Tannadice striker knocked in a Richard Foster cross.

Attention immediately turned to the last-four tie where the Govan stadium, despite being agreed upon by all the clubs last October as the semi-final venue as Hampden is unavailable due to redevelopment work for the Commonwealth Games, had already become a bone of contention.

United made an official request to the Scottish Football Association to have the game changed to a neutral ground should the Scottish League One champions get past Rovers but that was rejected the governing body.

To add to their home comforts, Ally McCoist's side will also be cheered on by the a significant majority of the support inside the stadium although United have scope to increase their original allocation of around 13,000 tickets.

However, Daly, who won the Scottish Cup with the Tannadice club before signing for Rangers last summer, said: "I don't see Ibrox being an advantage. It is a semi-final, it is a one-off game, it is going to be a great atmosphere and I am sure it will be a fantastic battle between two good sides but I don't see us playing at Ibrox as an advantage.

"It is going to be a good game and I am sure they are looking forward to it as well.

"They are a good side and they have got some really good young players .

"I am sure we will have to play as well as we can if we are going to come through the tie.

"It will be a difficult game but it is a chance to get through to the final of the national cup so we will give everything we have on the day and hopefully it is good enough."

United left-back Andrew Robertson is looking for the Terrors' fans to snap up as many tickets as they can to neutralise Ibrox as much as possible.

The 20-year-old Scotland cap said: "We always knew the semi-finals were going to be at Ibrox.

"Fair enough, we have got Rangers but we are looking forward to it and it won't be like a home game for Rangers because United fans will travel in their numbers and hopefully they will get behind the boys and make it feel as if it is a neutral venue.

"Tickets are nothing to do with the players, we don't get involved in it but if United have sold out their tickets there is no reason why they can't get more.

"They have been brilliant this season and they will come down in their numbers

"Rangers are used to the surroundings of the stadium and obviously they will a bit more comfortable but I don't think it plays a part in it. It is two teams on a park.

"People will say we are favourites because we are the Premiership team but Rangers are a massive club, they still have a very good team and we will see what happens.

"If we get the ball down and play like we have been doing this season then hopefully we will be the team in the final."

The SFA have responded to the complaints made by Dundee United to insist they were only following the club's wishes when they drew up the seating arrangements.

In a statement, the governing body said: "In response to recent speculation and comments made by Dundee United officials, the Scottish FA is compelled to clarify the club's ticketing allocation for the forthcoming William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final between Rangers and Dundee United at Ibrox.

"At the pre-operations meeting held on Tuesday, 11th March, Dundee United were made an initial offering of 11,063 tickets, allocated in the entirety of the Broomloan Road Stand, the Govan West corner and a section of the Govan Stand Front and Rear.

"The number was offered on the basis of Dundee United's ticket sales for recent semi-finals. For last year's semi-final against Celtic at Hampden Park, with a 12.45pm kick-off, Dundee United received an allocation of 10,686 tickets and sold 6783.

"For the 2010 semi-final against Raith Rovers at Hampden Park, with a 3pm kick-off, Dundee United were allocated 11,806 tickets and sold 9969.

"The Dundee United official present stated that in order to ensure a maximum attendance, in the first instance the club would not require the additional allocation in the Govan West corner, Front and Rear and, instead, would prefer the Broomloan Road stand, capacity 8012.

"He was invited to revert to the club for confirmation but declined. Notwithstanding the present allocation of 8012 - as requested by the club - Dundee United retain first option on the Govan West corner, and a section of the Front and Rear, an additional 3051 seats.

"Should the club a) request that additional allocation and b) sell it, then there remains the opportunity to extend the allocation subject to agreement between the clubs and the relevant police and stewarding advice."

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