DESPITE featuring in Rangers’ last two Betfred Cup matches, goalkeeper Matt Gilks insists there’s no agreement in place for that arrangement to continue.
Gilks, who arrived in the summer to provide competition to Wes Foderingham, hasn’t conceded a goal in any of the four competitive matches he has played this season, but now he is hoping to retain his place in the Cup competition to allow him to run out at Hampden for the first time.
He explained last night to RangersTV.tv: “He just tells me when I’m playing, I say ‘yes sir’ and that’s it! Obviously Wes [Foderingham] is playing in the league and is doing well, and the manager wants me to get game time as well and he’s given me the opportunity to play in the cup.
“We’re in to the semi-final now and hopefully we can go on to the final. I’ve been to Hampden many times with the national team, but I have never actually played there so I am looking forward to that. It’s a different kind of atmosphere and I’m looking forward to it all the same.”
The most pleasing aspect for Gilks last night was keeping a shut-out at the back, and on that, he said: “As a goalkeeper, of course you want to keep a clean sheet and build on the result from Saturday, and that goes for the defenders and defensive midfielders too.
“We played well on Saturday, although people think we didn’t because of the result, but we built on that coming into tonight, worked on it in training on Sunday and Monday and had a game plan for Queen of the South which worked tremendously well.
“Yes, they are a Championship team, but the pressed us well, especially in the first 15 minutes of the second half and put us under pressure, but thankfully our finishing was on form tonight and we put them to bed.”
Now Gers head to Pittodrie on Sunday for a tantalising tie with Aberdeen, and Gilks can’t wait to sample what should be a superb occasion.
He continued: “They are all good games and all difficult. I think sometimes we get lost in the fact that we have to win every game we play. Teams are going to put up a real fight against us – and we know that – so we have to try to break them down and Aberdeen is no different.
“It’s a difficult place to go to at the best of times; obviously the atmosphere is going to be quite electric so we are looking forward to it.”