SCOTT Arfield saw a penalty saved, scored the rebound and then fired Rangers into the Scottish Cup quarter-finals with an injury time wonder strike on a Man of the Match afternoon.
Rangers dispatched of Hamilton 4-1, scoring three of their four in just over 20 mins as they closed the game out.
Arfield wouldn’t be drawn on praising his stunning finish, which came from the edge of the area but he did admit he hopes he’s still the Gers penalty taker despite Luke Southwood guessing right in the 25th minute.
Speaking to RangersTV he said: I am delighted to get on the scoresheet.
“It was a rebound for the penalty and obviously we have changed penalty takers throughout the season so it was my turn. I am hopefully going to stay on them, even though I missed it!
“I haven’t hit it as clean as I wanted to but it was a good save, it has come back and it’s about just reacting and keeping your composure because you second guess yourself on these surfaces.
“The second one fell to me nice and thankfully I have put it away quite nicely. I have scored a few nice goals but it just fell perfectly.
“It was one of those which you know that if you put it in an area then you know it is going to be difficult for the goalkeeper. Thankfully it has taken a nick off the bar and went underneath it so I am delighted.”
Rangers took control of the game after Joe Aribo’s 68th minute goal pulled them back ahead of Accies and then Alfredo Morelos grabbed his first goal of 2020 for the third, six minutes from time.
Arfield continued:”It was most important for us to score goals at the right times.
“I think the second goal really kicks us on to a new level, Ryan doing what he does down the left and Joe getting in the box, which he needs to do. After that goal it was plain sailing.
“Alfredo missed a few games after the winter break, he is getting into it, and you can still see him getting football sharp. You can be as fitness sharp as you want but football sharpness is completely different.
“We need to get him back to that sharpness which he showed before the winter break and I think that is coming game by game for him.
“The most pleasing thing is to go through because when you are playing at this club the most important thing is to be as successful as possible. So it is another step forward to, hopefully, going where we want to go.”