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Claudio Reyna, Rangers
"It's the perfect end to my first full season here"
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Craig Moore, Rangers
"The only gamble was that I hadn't played for two-and-a-half months"
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Billy Dodds, Rangers
"It just gets better and better for me"
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Saturday, 27 May, 2000, 19:03 GMT 20:03 UK
Rangers stars celebrate
Goalscorers Albertz and van Bronckhorst with Wallace
Rangers Tennent's Scottish Cup victory represented the 100th trophy the club had won in its 127-year history.

Naturally enough, having played against a team with no recognised goalkeeper for 88 minutes did not take the shine off the Rangers celebrations at full-time.

Rangers players have become accustomed to success, but the habit does not seem to be losing its appeal.

Dodds shows his delight
That was evident from the players' reaction after they had collected the trophy.

German goalkeeper Stefan Klos, who was not called into action to make a serious save, nevertheless relished the victory.

He said: "It's always good to win a trophy and I think we deserved it. We played well in the second half and it's a good result for us.

"That's five or six seasons in a row that I've won a trophy and I want to continue that run."

Klos summed up the feelings of many of those at Hampden by expressing his sadness at the way the curtain was brought down on veteran Aberdeen goalkeeper Jim Leighton's career.

"I feel sorry for Jim Leighton - I hope his injury is not too serious," added the German.

Special moments

Australian defender Tony Vidmar scored Rangers' second goal at the beginning of the second half, to end a season in which he was possibly the most improved player in the Rangers ranks.

"It's been a great day. I've saved my goals for special moments," he said.

"To finish the year the way we have - it's fantastic."

Billy Dodds, who could not have imagined a year ago that he would be playing for a double-winning side, added Rangers third goal.

He said: "I got a goal which I always said I'd like. But it's not about how many goals I get - it's about the team and the fans and winning the cup and that's what we've done."

Moore and Stavrum
Moore and Stavrum battle it out
Captain for the day, Arthur Numan, produced another polished performance on the left flank before collecting the cup.

"It's a very good feeling to lift the 100th trophy in the club's history," said the Dutch internationalist.

"The atmosphere is unbelievable, everybody's enjoying it."

Perfect finale

American player of the decade, Claudio Reyna agreed that winning the Scottish Cup was the perfect end to a superb first full season at Ibrox for him.

"It's a special day for me and the club as a whole," he said.

"In the first half, you have to give them a bit of credit, they played quite well and they were quite strong.

"But once we opened up a bit in the second half and started to play the way we can, we took control, we scored three tremendous goals and the game was essentially over.

"To win the Scottish Cup and the championship is a dream in my first full season."

The man who opened the scoring, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, will be hoping the Scottish Cup is not the last piece of silverware he collects this season as he joins up with Holland's Euro 2000 squad.

Vidmar got the second
He said: "We want to win all the trophies, and though we didn't win the League Cup, we won here today.

"I thought I was in Holland when I saw the supporters wearing all the Dutch strips.

"It's great the respect they have for the Dutch players here."

Craig Moore, who had been a major injury doubt in the lead-up to the game, was delighted to have played his part.

"I think the only gamble was that I hadn't played for two-and-a-half months. My knee felt good and that was the main thing," said the big Australian.

"It's a great end of the season. When the prizes are being handed out it's good to be involved.

"The first half wasn't a great spectacle but we ended up getting a goal and, second half, three goals in quick succession killed the game.

"I'll be taking a rest now to be ready for next season."

Great disappointment

Scotland's Sportswriters' Player of the Year, Barry Ferguson, was injured as the Ibrox team won the league and cup last season, so he was especially pleased to have been involved this time round.

He said: "It's an especially good end of the season for me, to win the double, because it was a great disappointment missing out last season."

Fans' hero, Jorg Albertz, rounded things off with a 25-yard howitzer to complete his best-ever season at the club.

"It was an advantage for us that they lost their goalkeeper. I feel sorry for Jim Leighton but those things happen in football," said Albertz.

"Now we have to wait to next season to see what we can do."

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