KENNY MILLER reckons a Scottish Cup final place was just rewards for an outstanding performance at Hampden in the Old Firm semi final.

The veteran striker grabbed the game’s opening goal to hand the Light Blues the lead, then had to watch from the bench as his teammates saw out the win on penalties.

After watching the final 30 minutes from the sidelines he admits it was a draining day, but a fantastic performance from everyone in blue.

He said: “I’m drained. It was a fantastic game. Everything that we wanted to do going in to this game, we did.

“We knew they could pose us a threat there’s no doubt about that, they are champions for a reason and they have good players.

“We knew we have good players as well and that if we imposed our game on them we knew we could cause them problems.

“To be honest from the first whistle we did that and over the piece I felt we deserved it.”

Miller admits he couldn’t quite have envisaged the drama of leading twice, being pegged back twice and then settling it from the spot.

He added: “I imagined a game where we won a bit more comfortably but it was a great way to win.

“They were two good teams going at it today and I’m really, really proud of the lads for the way we went about it.

“We could easily have got caught up in the hype of the game but all credit to the manager, Davie and Jim Stewart for getting the message across that if we do what we do we can beat anyone. On today’s performance I think we showed that.

“That’s what we’ve done all season. Nothing changes. The game was against a better level of opponent but the manager said to change nothing, to go and play the same way but be that little bit better.

“In the first half we were dominant and got a goal, got our reward and over the piece really happy with the result because I thought we deserved it for that.”

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