JAK Alnwick says Rangers won the first of five cup finals against Hearts as they battle to finish second in the Premiership.

The Light Blues 2-1 win meant they moved back above Aberdeen with the pair still to play each other next month.

Goals from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias secured the victory after a tough week at Ibrox and Alnwick believed his defence played a big part in the win too.

Speaking to RangersTV Alnwick smiled:

“The lads are getting a bit of a buzz after that in the dressing room, there is still a lot of work to do and we need to keep putting everything right and keep moving forward.

“We have four cup finals until the end of the season and we will see where it takes us.

“With results yesterday we knew we needed the three points and after a tough week last week we knew we needed to bounce back, I thought we did that well today.

“I thought we were excellent, I thought for the whole game we defended well and I can’t remember them giving us much trouble.

“It was nervy and you could tell and feel a bit of that tension but we got there in the end and we saw the game out well. It was pleasing we did that in that manner.

“I thought the two centre-halves were excellent and Kyle Lafferty is never easy to deal with no matter who you are.

“I thought they stood up to it well and they had three physical centre-halves in the box and long throws as well.

“We limited their chances and I thought we pressed them well and didn’t give them any space.

“It was a sloppy goal to give away on our part but that was the only chance we gave away all afternoon.”

Injury to Gers number one Wes Foderingham handed Alnwick his first league start of the season, all five of his other appearances have come in the cup competitions.

If Foderingham fails to recover from the shoulder problem, which saw him pull out of the match, Alnwick could start next Sunday’s Old Firm derby.

He continued: “It was nice to get back out there, it has been a while since I have been out there, my last game was against Falkirk in March.

“It was nice to be back in there, get the feel of things and play in front of a good crowd but the most important thing is the three points.

“It is a massive game for us next weekend and it doesn’t matter whether it is a cup semi-final or a league game, it is Rangers v Celtic.

“We are going to go there and we are going to try and win the game. it is going to be tough but if we apply what we did today then we should be alright.”

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