GEDION ZELALEM reckons the camaraderie in the Rangers squad got him through his injury troubles as he gets set to return to Arsenal.

The young American has made a total of 27 appearances in Light Blue this season, and he hopes to make it 28 in the Scottish Cup Final two weeks today.

Regardless if he features or not though, Zelalem is delighted with the way his season has gone in Glasgow.

He explained: “It was a very good start for me. I was playing good football and the team was playing very well, but then as the season wore on I started picking up little injuries which kept me out the team.

“The team spirit is unbelievable though, and they have helped to get me through.

“The Manager and David know it’s part of football, and they have been great in helping me through everything.”

Zelalem was excellent when he came on as a substitute in the Scottish Cup semi-final three weeks ago, and he thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon while he also revealed the reasons behind his “shoosh” celebration after netting in the penalty shootout.

He added: “It was an unbelievable experience to be a part of, and both sets of fans were great. The game was very entertaining for the neutral but we played very well and deserved to win.

“My only thought was to put the penalty in the back of the net. The way I saw it, loads of top-class players have missed, and while it was a huge deal, loads of people had missed penalty kicks before.

“There was a lot of talk from Celtic and how confident they felt about winning, so that’s why I shooshed them after I had scored.”


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