MATT GILKS put in an excellent performance in today’s League Cup semi final but was disappointed the Gers conceded so late in the match.
Gilks was excellent throughout the match, making some memorable saves to keep Celtic at bay until just a few minutes before the end of the game when Moussa Dembele flicked a winner beyond him from close range to win the tie.
Despite his heroics, Gilks admits he was disappointed to concede that goal which ultimately won Celtic the game. He said: “We are disappointed to concede late on after fighting so hard throughout the game to stay in it or to go on and try to win it.
“I was pleased with my own performance to an extent, as a goalkeeper if you play well and still get beat then it doesn’t matter because you still go home having lost a football match.
“I’m glad to to my bit for the team and that’s what that is about with this squad and this team and the players that we have. I was able to do my part today, but unfortunately not right until the end.
“That’s what I am there to do and like I’ve said many times throughout my career, I’m one of eleven players on that pitch and glad I could do my bit.”
Gilks felt that the Gers defence was in good form throughout the match, with Lee Hodson coming into the side, giving James Tavernier the license to roam forward.
He continued: “Rob Kiernan is getting better and better and Clint Hill’s experience comes shining through. Lee Wallace and Lee Hodson at full back, with Hodson coming in today and doing fantastic. As a back five, we are disappointed to have lost the game.”
When asked if he felt that he had done enough throughout the game to give the manager a selection headache for this week’s tie against St Johnstone, the Gers keeper praised the Light Blues number one.
He said: “Wes is doing very well in the League and it’s up to the manager at the end of the day and we just have to see what happens.”