JOE GARNER admits he knows he hasn’t found the net enough since his arrival at Rangers in the summer but hopes his cup hat-trick goes someway to making up for that.
The striker bagged three after coming on as a half-time substitute and all but doubled his tally for the season as the Gers fired six past Hamilton Accies. That takes him to seven for the campaign.
The rout saw Graeme Murty’s side reach the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and it was a performance which Garner says he could sense coming.
The 28-year-old told RangersTV:
“As a striker you are always judged on your goals and I don’t think I have scored enough goals so it was good to get a few today.
“The lads are happy with the win and it is always nice to get the goals and we’re just happy to get through to the next round.
“The lads have been working hard, it was a great result today and hopefully we can now take that momentum into the league.
“I think that type of performance has been coming to be fair, there have been spells in games where we have played really well and chances haven’t gone in. Today was just one of those days when everything went right.
“This is our best hope of a trophy this year and we will do everything we can to get to the final and hopefully win it.”
Garner made quite an impact in the 45 minutes he played although he was missing from the pitch for around 12 of those after knocking heads with Accies defender.
The visitors were crying for a red card when the former Preston man upended Dougie Imrie on 56 minutes but having watched the incident back Garner thinks John Beaton made the right call.
Garner misses out on next week’s derby clash with Celtic through suspension and following his Man of the Match display he confesses he is devastated.
“I have just seen the challenge back there and it probably wasn’t a red card, I have probably had a few worst ones than that but I was happy to get the yellow card.
“The injury is fine, I obviously took a knock on the head and hopefully the lad is alright, I think he had to come off so I hope he gets better soon.
“I was never going to not come back on, the doc stitched me up and I was keen to just get back out there.
“I’m gutted to be missing the Old Firm now, it is a massive game to play in and no, I am not very happy.”