‘We dominated,’…’it was EASY,’…’Rangers damaged,’ Celtic stars have their say

LEIGH GRIFFITHS outlined his thoughts on yesterday’s easy 4-0 Scottish Cup semi-final over Rangers and also looked forward to the final at Hampden on 19 May against Motherwell…

ON THE SEMI-FINAL

“From start to finish we dominated the game, didn’t give Rangers a sniff and when we went forward it looked like we’d score a goal every time.

“Don’t get me wrong, Rangers are a good side but I’ve said it before that when we bring our A-game nobody in Scotland can touch us.”

ON THE FINAL

“Yes, everybody wants to play a part and I’m no different.

“I want to get as many minutes as possible under my belt between now and the end of the season, starting from next Saturday.

“It’s disappointing (not to start) but it’s part and parcel of football, the manager has a difficult job as it is to pick 18 players.

“It’s not just me on the bench, there are other big names as well and there’s guy who are in the stand.

“You just have to wait your turn.”

MIKAEL LUSTIG warned Rangers in advance that their cheering would come back to haunt them and he was quick to return to the subject after a match in which only Lustig himself came close to scoring for the Ibrox club.

On those RANGERS CHEERS he said…

“Obviously there was a lot of talk. But we stay calm, we’re humble and we do our talking on the pitch and we’ve won again.

“I didn’t really react to be honest. But they probably knew they were going to get some extra days off and get an extra holiday – that’s probably why they were cheering.

“Rangers couldn’t find a way to do something against us. I think it must be damaging for them.

“From the start we showed we wanted to play football. They didn’t press us, they didn’t make it hard for us. It maybe sounds a bit cheeky but it felt quite easy.”

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