LIFTING the Petrofac Cup was an extra special moment for Dean Shiels because of a rollercoaster ride in the competition.
It was the midfielder’s fourth attempt at winning the trophy and he was relieved and thrilled in equal measure to finally get his hands on it.
The Northern Irishman was a 78th minute substitute in the final and was part of a late push which saw Gers net two goals in four minutes.
“It was a special day and one I will always remember. Any final is good to win and it is good for us that we can get so many of our fans here today and celebrating that victory because this cup has been a tough slog to win.”
“I have had four attempts at it with this club and we have basically always let the fans down by not winning it so it was good for them to have their moment today.
“I didn’t really feel any pressure, there is pressure going into every game at this club but I spoke to Lee Wallace after the game and we were talking about the defeats we’ve had in this competition which we didn’t enjoy.
“The cup final against Raith and then the semi-final at Alloa and Queen of the South put us out in Division Three.
“It was especially good to get the victory because it hasn’t been a great trophy for us.
“It was a good game, clearly it was difficult at the start but once we got the first goal it became easier.
“They defended very deep in numbers and it was a very tough opening 10-15 minutes, which it often is in a cup final but once we got the goal it settled us down and we started to play our football.
“You’re sent on as a sub and your manager gives you instructions and you try and carry them out the best you can, it was about seeing the game out at 2-0 and not becoming slack.”
Shiels was part of the team which were defeated 2-0 by Celtic in the League Cup semi-final last season and he knows his experience of playing Rangers rivals could be beneficial.
Gers are going in search of a place in the Scottish Cup Final but the 31-year-old insists nothing will change at Murray Park this week.
He said: “It’s a big game coming up on Sunday, we will prepare well this week and I am sure training will be as high intensity as ever and we’ll all be focussing on that game.
“I think there is a responsibility which comes with being older but the players are well aware of the game and what it means to everyone around the club.”
“We have to prepare as we always do and not change anything because it is Celtic, we will just keep to what we do and what works for us.”