MAN of the match Barrie McKay tonight praised Rangers’ ‘never say die’ attitude as they struck late-on once again to seal their place in the Petrofac Cup semi-finals.
Nicky Clark’s tremendous 25-yard drive 15 minutes from time saw the Gers through against a stubborn and at-times physical Livingston side as they strive to lift the only domestic trophy to evade them for the first time.
But despite Livi’s approach to the game, McKay complimented them for their efforts in holding out Mark Warburton’s men for so long in the game.
Speaking at full-time to RangersTV.tv, the young winger said: “All credit to Livingston. They dug deep, worked hard, and they were really well organised which made it hard for us to break them down.
“Obviously, the goal came from Nicky from outside the box, and we’ve not had too many of them this year, but the win was the most important thing.
They tried to stop us from playing and to slow the game down a bit, but we persevered and kept doing what we’ve been doing all season.
“We still created quite a bit, but it was harder for us to break them down given they’re such a compact unit.
“Another late goal tonight after the late goal on Saturday shows that the boys don’t give up and we keep going right to the end.”
The winning goal from Clark was fit to win any game, although McKay joked that the striker isn’t usually as potent from that sort of distance.
He smiled: “He usually shanks most of them! But it was a really good strike and it was what we needed to get us through.”
St Mirren are next up for Rangers on Sunday, and having already given the Light Blues a tough test in the opening Championship fixture, McKay expects nothing other than the same again, and he is hopeful he can contribute massively to the game given his own excellent personal form at the minute.
He added: “I’m happy with the way I’ve been playing, and the gaffer has shown his trust in me to stick with me, and that’s given me the confidence boost I need, so all I can do now is to try and repay them as much as I can.”
“Every game is going to be difficult, and we need to go there with our winning mentality, and we’ll go there and play the way we have been playing and hopefully get the victory.”