CLINT Hill says he would have packed his bags and gone back to Liverpool if he had netted a Rangers hat-trick because his stay at Ibrox wouldn’t have got better than that.
The centre-back scored a shock brace to open his account with the Light Blues and admitted to needing some time to get his head around the feat – he has never got two in a game.
Rangers dispatched of League Two Peterhead with ease to progress to the quarter-finals of the League Cup, as the defender’s goals were added to by Niko Kranjcar, Joe Dodoo and an own goal.
“I still can’t really get it into my head, there are times when I have been lucky enough to score the odd goal but to get two on one night has never happened in my career.
“To say I’m ecstatic would be an understatement; you can’t beat it to be honest with you.
“I don’t know how I feel; I think I was a bit cheeky, I was going to go for my hat-trick there!
“If I’d got a hat-trick I would have gone home! I would have packed my bags up and gone back to Liverpool because I don’t think it could have got any better than that.
“I won’t be giving the strikers any tips. I think the first goal I got a bit lucky that that touch; I didn’t know where it was.
“I will enjoy the moment tonight and we will get back onto it for the game on Saturday.
“Rob Kiernan said he had softened the keeper up for me when he had one saved before my second.
“He has been waiting a while for goal and for the keeper to pull that out the top bin then literally a couple of seconds later for me to score he wasn’t best pleased. Hopefully he will catch me up.
“I hope I can nick a goal at Dundee, I hope they keep coming!”
From a defensive point of view Hill was involved in a total shut out as the Blue Toon were limited to just one real chance.
With Danny Wilson ill Rob Kiernan was handed the captain’s armband beside Hill and Kiernan’s centre-half pairing knew how important improvement was after the opening day draw against Hamilton.
Hill explained: “Obviously I am delighted that we got a clean sheet, put on a good performance and showed respect to the team that we were against.
“They have proven in the past few games that they are a good side; they have beaten Premiership teams so we have to give them credit and I’m just thrilled I got the goals.
“I’m pleased to get the clean sheet, which was the most important thing and the performance as well, to score five goals is very good and we managed to finish off a lot of our chances.
“There are a lot of positives tonight but we have a tough game away at Dundee now and the home game last weekend wasn’t what we wanted so we are fully aware what we need to do for Saturday.
“I thought performance wise Saturday was okay, we could have taken our chances, unfortunately we didn’t but we dug in and got a point.
“We are a confident bunch, with the expectation here we have to win games and unfortunately we couldn’t do that against Hamilton.
“We were disappointed with that though so to follow it up with a 5-0 win is brilliant but we have to go again on Saturday to make up for the points that we lost.”