MARK WARBURTON was delighted for his team and for the fans after Rangers knocked Celtic out of the Scottish Cup and booked their place in the final.

Speaking after the match to RangersTV, the Gers manager spoke about how proud he was of his players and for the supporters.

He said: “We’re delighted and just the same as with the Petrofac Final we are delighted for the fans.

“The support was magnificent again and I thought that the players to a man were great.

“We were down to the bare numbers through some injuries and with players being cup tied, but to a man we were outstanding.

“I think that the best team won. We dominated the first half I think that we were unfortunate to concede after both breaks.

“We showed character to get onto the ball, to dominate possession and dictate play the way that we wanted to and I’m just so pleased for the players.”

Kenny Miller opened the scoring for the Gers before Erik Sviatchenko equalised for Celtic. The match went to extra time before Barrie McKay popped up with a wonder goal and Tom Rogic equalised again for Celtic to take the game to penalties.

Warburton said after the game that he felt that the Gers did enough throughout the match to merit winning the tie and he was happy that his players stepped up to the plate in the biggest game of the season thus far.

He continued: “We got the first goal on both occasions as well. I thought that we deserved it, we moved the ball well and we worked them hard.

“We were positive in what we did, there was no fear an no player hid, all over the park.

“I think our substitutes all played their part and made a big difference when they came on. They added quality and energy and I’m just delighted for them.

“The players worked so hard from the first minute of pre-season and the fans have bought into how hard they are working. I’m delighted for both.”

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