By Alex Stevens

Dave King admitted he was reduced to tears following Rangers’ Old Firm triumph on Sunday – and so were all of his fellow directors.

Mark Warburton’s side won a pulsating Scottish Cup semi-final clash on penalties at Hampden Park to book a place against Hibernian in the final next month.

Rangers chairman King revealed every single member of the board cried after the Light Blues defeated Celtic in what was a landmark win.

It is just over a year since the businessman led a takeover of the club and even he could never have imagined such a superb season.

“It was absolutely astonishing,” King told the Rangers website. “When we were up there after the final whistle and I saw grown men cry, there were tears rolling down the faces of every single board member.

“All the people who have gone through the last year, the regime change and everything we have done, this is what it is about.

“We have been doing it for this and to see the reaction of the fans it was absolutely phenomenal for everybody. The reaction of the fans just showed how happy they were and it was a really joyous occasion.”

Most pundits hailed Rangers as the better of the teams during the 120-minute clash, which came after Scottish champions Celtic were billed as strong favourites going into the match.

King believes Rangers’ victory not only confirms their place back in the big time after a four-year absence but proves they can challenge Celtic for the Premiership title next season.

Mark Warburton

“I regard today as us being back and the feeling of every single board member was that we are back but we won’t relax about it,” King told the Rangers website. “This is a measure for the club of how far they’ve come since last season.

“The benchmark is always Celtic and not only the fact we won the game, which was on penalties, but the fact Rangers actually played better than Celtic.

“So the fact we actually outplayed them as well was fantastic, given we essentially built a Championship team to win the Championship and we are going to build further on it for next season.”

In other Rangers news, Neil Lennon is convinced there has been a shift in the Old Firm landscape following Sunday’s showdown.