The former Scotland internationalist admitted there was a sense of "huge relief" when his side scored the only goal against Stenhousemuir in Tuesday night's semi-final, but also spoke of his pride at captaining Rangers to their latest cup final.
Ally McCoist's team selection against Stenhousemuir reflected Rangers' attitude towards the tournament, since he named his strongest starting line-up for the game at Ochilview. The visitors had to be dogged, and ought to have fallen a goal behind only for Darren Smith to miss with a header in front of an open goal, but Rangers also hit the bar three times.
"We had to be patient, but we got there in the end," said McCulloch. "This is the first final this group of players has got to, so it means so much to us. It's the chance to win a cup and to show everyone that the club is progressing and getting back to where it should be. If we were to win the [final], if I was fortunate enough to play and captain the team, it would be my first trophy [doing that], so it would be brilliant. The habit of winning cups has been lost in the past couple of years. It's time we got a bit of momentum back. We won the league comfortably last season but didn't win a cup so there's a bit of pressure on us now to get this cup. We are progressing every season - that's the most important thing."
McCulloch also believes that reaching the final is reward for the commitment and faith of the Rangers fans, who have stood by their club. "I'm sure it will be a full house, all the Rangers fans will be there and it will be a great day out," said McCulloch. "It was just important to get there after the disappointment of [being knocked out by Queen of the South] last year.
"It's still six months away, so between now and then it will be about getting points on the board in the league and looking forward to the final. People might say it's only the Ramsdens Cup but we won't. The chance to win a cup doesn't come too often so we'll definitely try to take this one."