JAMES TAVERNIER is claiming credit for Barrie McKay’s wondergoal after revealing it was he who encouraged the flying winger to take on the shot.
McKay put Rangers ahead in extra-time with an incredible drive from 25-yards that flew into the top corner, and Tavernier paid tribute to the impact he has had this season, while also insisting Rangers are desperate to keep their momentum going ahead of the final on May 21.
He explained: “As soon as I passed him the ball, I was screaming at him to shoot! As soon as it left his foot, I could see it was going into the top corner and it was going to be completely unsaveable.
“Credit to him – he has been absolutely fantastic this season and has worked really hard. All the boys were fantastic though.
“We laid out our game plan straight away in the first half. We passed the ball really confidently and made them chase the ball.
“We soaked up the atmosphere and got on the ball, and all the boys deserve credit for that.
“This is an absolutely great day for the club. We thought we were the strongest team in the game, and that summed up our season.
“We’ve still got to keep it going now, starting with Wednesday, but we are in the final now and European football is up for grabs, and we are definitely looking forward to it.
“We want to finish the season off strongly. Although we’ve won it, we want to get as many points as we can and send a message for next season.
“We have already sent a message to all of those doubters who have been putting us down and not believing that Rangers are good enough.”
Tavernier along with Nicky Clark were the only two Rangers players to miss from the spot in the shootout, and the right-back was incredibly relieved to see his teammates bail him out.
He continued: “I’m gutted I couldn’t put it in the back of the net. It was my plan to go high, but I put it over the bar, and I’m so glad Wes [Foderingham] and the rest of the boys put the ball in the net and it was thoroughly deserved.”