AFTER back to back defeats Jon Toral called Rangers win over St Johnstone the perfect confidence booster ahead of an important cup tie.
Hamilton visit Ibrox this Saturday in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup and the Arsenal loanee is all too aware how important securing a place in the final is to the Light Blues this season.
The Gers missed out in agonising fashion last term and the hangover from that game has been hammered home to the players who arrived for this campaign.
“I think the cup game is massive, it is a chance for us to win some silverware and we know that.
“We know that this club has to get to every final and as high as possible in the league so we are really looking forward to Saturday.
“The cup is massive, the team knows that last season was an opportunity to win it which was missed and this season we all think it possible and we are going to work hard for it.
“I have heard about last season’s final and it is just going to have to give us motivation to go and do better this season.”
Toral was part of a gritty display which saw Graeme Murty record his first league win as caretaker boss on Wednesday evening.
Goals from Barrie McKay and Martyn Waghorn were cancelled out by Tommy Wright’s men but Toral’s fellow loanee Emerson Hyndman popped up to win it at the death.
The 22-year-old said:
“We are all really happy about Wednesday’s win, I think we needed it and with the way it happened, in the last minute, it is always a confidence booster.
“It was a very important win for us, we hadn’t won for a couple of games so we knew we needed that and now we have to kick on from here.
“It is really positive now; the team needed a night like Wednesday because results haven’t come our way lately.
“I don’t think we deserved to win it that way, I think we should have seen it out earlier and we had plenty of chances to do that.
“We were unlucky with the red card, that changed the game but I think we controlled it and deserved the win.”