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James Tavernier cheekily explains why he should get some credit for Barrie McKay's Hampden stunner

The Rangers defender says he screamed at the winger to shoot after giving him the ball 25 yards out.

Barrie McKay may have caught the headlines with his stunning goal in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic at Hampden Park on Sunday, but his Rangers teammate James Tavernier has insisted to the club's official website that he should take some of the credit for the strike.

McKay smashed home into the top corner from distance in the first period of extra-time to hand the Gers a 2-1 lead, and though Tom Rogic equalised in the second half, it was the blue side of Glasgow that emerged victorious at the national stadium.

The winger has received plaudits since the match for his wonder strike, but Tavernier has cheekily highlighted to the club's website the role that he played in the goal.

The defender said: "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. 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."

The former Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic man missed his spot kick early on in the penalty shootout, and went on to admit his relief at being bailed out by his teammates.

He added: "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."

Rangers' victory not only sent out a statement of intent to their rivals, but ensured they are still on course to complete a treble of trophies this season after winning the Scottish Championship and the Petrofac Cup.

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