THE smile tattooed on Jason Cummings’ hand wasn’t the only smile on show for the forward after he netted his first ever hat-trick on Sunday afternoon and described it as “the best feeling ever.”
His three goals helped see Rangers through to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup in a 4-1 win over Falkirk at Ibrox and set up a Hampden date with Celtic.
Cummings trio of goals were his first at Ibrox since signing on loan in January and marked a long wait for a treble after netting 11 doubles in the past.
Speaking to RangersTV he said: “I am buzzing, it has taken me a long time to get it but I am happy to get my first ever hat-trick and more importantly today it was to get through into the next round and that is what we have done.
“Every time you are on two goals you always want to get a third so I was desperate but it kind of fell to me and I was happy to get it.
“It was one of the best feelings ever, it was my first start at Ibrox and I just wanted to get a goal and celebrate in front of the fans. It was a great feeling.
“They are buzzing (with the draw), that is what you want, we are going to have to beat them at one point in this cup so why not make it in the semis, big occasion, big game again and I just want to be a part of it – the boys can’t wait.”
It was Cummings fourth start for Rangers but his first 90 minutes this season and he admitted to being desperate to walk out again from the start in a week’s time for the Old Firm derby.
The Nottingham Forrest loanee played out wide against Falkirk, supporting Alfredo Morelos who missed a hatful of chances in the quarter-final tie.
“I was knackered, I was hitting a wee bit of cramp at the end there and I haven’t had that much game time this season so I started to feel it at the end. I’ll be fully recovered for next weekend – I’ll be back!
“It just wasn’t his day today but the thing with him is he always gets into good positions and that is when you know he is a good striker because he is there to miss the chances and he will be back.
“It is up to him, I don’t normally play left-mid, I have never really played left-mid but as long as I am playing I am not fussed where I am playing.
“Obviously I want to start every week, that is what I came here to do but at the end of the day it is up to the gaffer.
“It is something I have always wanted to do and it is a big game, a big occasion and I would love it.”