NICOLAS Raskin tonight admitted the conditions that Rangers played Dumbarton in were the worst he had ever experienced in his career – but stressed he had relished being involved in the Scottish Cup victory.

Raskin started in the fourth round tie against the League Two outfit at The Rock and ensured the Ibrox club forged into a two goal lead before being replaced by Ryan Jack midway through the second half.

The Belgian confessed he found the pitch - which had passed a 1pm inspection by referee Alan Muir - and the high winds and heavy rain had made the encounter with the part-time outfit difficult to negotiate.

However, the 22-year-old, who returned from a two month injury lay off in the cinch Premiership meeting with Kilmarnock in Govan at the start of January, relished helping Rangers to progress to the fifth round.

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“I always like to play in these type of games because it reminds me of watching my father play,” he said. “We play one or two of those kind of games a year, but our opponents are doing it every week so we need to respect them. 

"That is real football because in the world there are more games like that than in the big stadiums. We had to play the best we can on the pitch. You could see it is hard, but I think we done good. It can be a tough pitch for the muscles, but it was good."

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“We enjoyed it. Winning games is always enjoyable. Winning as a team is always enjoyable. As a young boy I played loads of those games so you can always enjoy them. But altogether they were the worst conditions I had played in, yeah.” 

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Raskin has hardly featured under Philippe Clement since his countryman replaced Michael Beale as manager back in October due to his – but he stressed that he is keen to get a run of games under the former Genk and Club Brugge coach in the weeks and months

“I am looking for a lot,” he said. “I played two and a half games and then I got injured. I enjoyed them and scored a goal. I am very happy to be back and playing the attacking football the manager wants us to play. And with a good structure.”