Michael Tidser says the elation that accompanied scoring for Morton at Ibrox on Sunday was a feeling that none of his other 21 career goals have come close to matching.
Midfielder Tidser sent the sizeable travelling support of 1,559 Ton fans into raptures with a stunning volley seven minutes into Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round tie.
The 27-year-old found it hard to do justice to the elation he felt when he saw his strike hit the back of the net to fire his side in front against the Premiership outfit.
When asked about his goal by gmfc.net, Tidser said: “I just kind of seen the ball in the air and my first thought was: ‘I’m hitting this.’
“Thankfully, I’ve got a clean connection on the volley and it’s gone in, and I must admit I’m really proud because as a boy growing up you dream of scoring at places like Ibrox.
“I saw [Wes] Foderingham was kind of struggling to get across and I thought: ‘That’s in.’ Then obviously you see it hitting the net and it’s jubilation.
“I’ve never had a feeling like that after scoring a goal. I’ve maybe scored better goals as stupid as it sounds, but in terms of coming here looking to cause an upset against Rangers …
“Even the boys were saying it was a great feeling to see you score because it meant so much. I was happy I scored but I was also we scored as a team – it wasn’t just about me.”
Although he was extremely proud to score, he says the jubilation was tempered by the fact they went on to lose the match and exit the cup.
He added: “In all honesty, we were a bit gutted and a bit quiet afterwards. I just think we had our chances. Two clear-cut chances with the wee man [Aidan Nesbitt] and the big man [Luke Donnelly] at the end.
“I know they had chances as well and you need to ride your luck, which we did at times, but to be fair I knew we would get another chance in the last five minutes. Unfortunately, we didn’t take it.
“So overall we gave account of ourselves as we always do, we always work hard and try and get through or get three points – to go for it and try and win the game, that’s the manager’s style.
“We’re not just content to come here and lose narrowly. The gaffer doesn’t work like that, it’s as simple as that and he’s instilled that mentality into the players as well.
“We’re disappointed and that shows the measure of this squad and the kind of direction we want to go as a club. Now, we dust ourselves down and move on.”
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