Rangers defender James Tavernier has admitted he was “buzzing” for team-mate Jason Cummings after he scored a hat-trick in Sunday’s 4-1 Scottish Cup win over Falkirk to book the Gers’ place in the semi-finals.
Cummings likely would’ve scored all four had the ball not cannoned off Falkirk captain Aaron Muirhead and into the back of the Bairns’ net to give the Gers a 3-1 lead just before half-time.
The win sets up a Hampden showdown with bitter rivals Celtic next month as the Gers look to end a seven-year wait for a major trophy.
The Gers also face Brendan Rodgers’ side on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership and the Light Blues stat said focus would move to the clash with the Hoops now.
“Through to the semis. Buzzing for Jason Cummings on his hat-trick. Onto Sunday now!” Tavernier said on his personal Twitter account.
Through to the semi’s 🙌🏽 Buzzing for @Jasoncummings35 on his hat-trick 👋🏽👊🏽 Onto Sunday now! 🔴⚪️🔵
— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) March 4, 2018
Tavernier has been in fantastic form for the Gers this season and will almost certainly be one of the main contenders for player of the year awards at the end of the campaign.
The right-back recently signed a new deal to keep him at Ibrox until 2021 as a reward for his performances this season.
Football Insider verdict:
The spirit in the Rangers dressing room couldn’t be more evident just now and with the team playing well and seemingly getting on well off the pitch then it bodes well for the Gers. Tavernier has been one of the Light Blues’ best players this season and has done himself no harm with the way he has dealt with being captain in the last few games. As one of the longest-serving players at the club now, Tavernier will be desperate to get his hands on a piece of major silverware and cap off the club’s ‘journey’ back to the top of Scottish football.