Rangers striker Jason Cummings says he is ready for his Old Firm baptism as he pleaded with boss Graeme Murty to let him loose on Celtic.
The on-loan Nottingham Forest frontman set up a William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final showdown with Brendan Rodgers` treble-chasers as he scored his first hat-trick in Rangers` last-eight triumph over Falkirk.
It`s a game I cannot wait to be a part of to be honest. I`m all excited and you hear a lot of stories and all the history, said Cummings.
It`s a massive occasion and something I want to be a part of. I want to tell my grandchildren I played in a game like that so, yeah, I want to play.
I feel it suits me when it`s a bigger occasion, I feel I come more alive. I don`t know if it`s a motivation thing, when you`re going to lesser teams you`re less motivated or whenever, but the big games seem to bring out the best in me.
So I thrive off that.
Cummings has been made to bide his time since sealing his loan switch from Forest in January, with the striker last having started a game in the William Hill Scottish Cup match against Ayr United three weeks earlier.
Murty admits the confident striker has lost a bit of his swagger while kicking his heels on the bench but encouraged the 22-year-old to rediscover his gallus streak.
That Glasgow street slang - meaning bold and daring - was lost on Edinburgh-born Cummings but he insists he remains as confident as ever.
Gallus? I don`t know what it means, he said before quipping: William Gallas?
I`m just myself, it doesn`t matter if I`m playing or not playing.
When I`m not in the team I don`t mope about, I just do what I normally do and I`m always ready for selection - like today.
I`ve not played left mid in my life I don`t think. But as long as I`m playing I`m not bothered. That`s my first hat-trick and it`s taken me a long time.
It`s a good feeling to get that, especially at Ibrox - but more importantly, we are into the next round. I can`t wait until Celtic next week.
Celtic to face Rangers in Scottish Cup
Celtic have been drawn against Old Firm rivals Rangers in the semi-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
The boys are buzzing with the draw too, these are the games you want. We`re going to have to beat them to win the cup, so why not just make it the semi-final.
The boys are confident just now and we can`t wait to play that.
Of course, we don`t want to see Celtic winning trebles and winning all the time. We`re trying to put a bit more pressure on them and I feel like we are.
We can just take it week by week and win every game we can and we`ll see what happens in the cup and the league.
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