Cyriel Dessers to use Celtic celebrations as Rangers fuel but is injury doubt for start of season

Cyriel Dessers admits Celtic's celebrations hurt
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"Devastated" Cyriel Dessers has vowed Rangers will use Celtic's partying as fuel for next season.

After watching from afar as the Hoops celebrated the Premiership title both after thumping Kilmarnock and then again on trophy lift day a few days later, the Light Blues lost out to their rivals in the Scottish Cup final. And the worst thing about that is being present when the party starts again after the final whistle.

Dessers admits it hurt him and his teammates, especially as they put in a lot of effort and played well and could easily have been the ones celebrating. But he's already looking ahead to next season after completing his first campaign in blue, with more silverware in view to add to this season's League Cup.

He said: “Everybody is devastated. We were close and we played a good game. It wasn’t an easy game and if you lose it that way in the end then obviously it hurts.

“It’s been a heavy season, that’s for sure in all kinds of ways. It’s easy to all go down now in energy and everyone needs to take a rest. But to see them celebrate today and 10 days ago gives me a lot of energy to go again this summer. It maybe seems weird to say now but I cannot wait for pre-season to start again and to do better than this season. I’m looking forward to that.”

Asked if that feeling will push Gers on for next season, he added: "Yes, that’s it. We have to turn things over in our favour. We’re on a good path but we’re not there yet. If you look at the balance at the end of the season we showed good things but we’re not there yet. We will go further along that path and I’m sure it will lead us to more trophies next season.”

However, the Nigerian has torn ankle ligaments after coming off injured at half time.

He added: “I got injured in the first half, after around 25 minutes.

“It was the tackle from Carter-Vickers and it’s my ankle. I tried to go on because obviously it was the game of the year, the big final at the end of the season, one big push. But I had to come off. I’ll get it assessed in the next few days.”