JOSH WINDASS was delighted to grab his first professional hat-trick to see Rangers through to round five of the Scottish Cup.

His treble came in difficult conditions at Fraserburgh’s Bellslea Park, with Gers having to work exceptionally hard to overcome their Highland League opponents.

And Windass, taking the swirling wind and bumpy pitch into consideration, was pleased with the team’s performance and his own trio of goals.

He told RangersTV: “It was a good feeling. I’ve scored a lot of doubles in the past but to get three tonight was nice. I thought the performance was good considering it was actually really difficult on that pitch to get the ball moving.

“I thought the lads did a professional job and we dealt with it quite well in the main and limited them to few opportunities which was to be expected.

“I enjoyed it though. I used to play non-league myself, which brought good memories back from that. The lads did as well and we are through to the next round which is the main thing.

“Everyone expected us to win and we have come here and shown them no respect and won the game quite comfortably.”

The victory means Gers will travel to take on Ayr United at Somerset Park a week on Sunday in round five, with the prospect of a long run in the competition appealing to Windass.

He continued: “The manager has told us he wants us to win a trophy as that is what is expected at this club. We  want to win medals and win things for the fans.

“I’m looking forward to the next round. It would be one of the best moments of my career to win a trophy, so hopefully we can get to the final.

“”I’ve been to a few semi-finals and come up short, so hopefully this will be the year.”

Gers now host Hibernian at Ibrox on Saturday, with the attacker adding: “It’s a massive game playing Hibs. The lads are looking forward to it, it will be a packed house and we can’t wait for kick-off.

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