Gedion Zelalem reflects on his Celtic fan gesture

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Rangers youngster Gedion Zelalem opens up on why he 'shooshed' Celtic fans during the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Speaking to the club's official website, on-loan Rangers starlet Gedion Zelalem has explained his gesture to Celtic fans in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

The pre-match talk last month had centered around how the gap between Rangers - a Scottish Championship side at the time - and Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic was too vast to allow for an upset.

But the Gers stunned their bitter Old Firm rivals by knocking them out of the Scottish Cup in a penalty shootout, after both sides had played out an epic 2-2 draw over two hours of football at Hampden Park.

Zelalem - on loan from an Arsenal - confidently converted his penalty, the first after entering sudden death, and the 19-year-old glanced at Celtic fans before pressing his index finger against his mouth in what seemed a message toward the Bhoys' support.

And the youngster has now explained, via Rangers' official website, that he was unhappy with how Rangers were being written off prior to a ball been kicked on the day.

“My only thought was to put the penalty in the back of the net," he said.

"The way I saw it, loads of top-class players have missed, and while it was a huge deal, loads of people had missed penalty kicks before.

“There was a lot of talk from Celtic and how confident they felt about winning, so that’s why I shooshed them after I had scored.”

 

With Rangers being back in the big time now, Scottish football could witness up to four Premiership meetings between the bitter rivals next term.

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