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McNamara happy with Ibrox win

Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara feels his charges made hard work of their 3-1 victory over Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

United lacked their usual cohesion for much of the match, but despite running out comfortable winners, McNamara was relieved to see Nadir Ciftci net the third goal in the last 10 minutes to secure the tie.

"It settled me down at that point," McNamara said. "The second half was a bit frustrating with our decision-making and passing.

"We invited Rangers on to us, we were too deep, and I was just delighted to see it through. You are always cautious - they do carry a threat.

"I always felt the next goal in the second half was crucial and I was delighted we got it."

And McNamara paid tribute to the 11,000 or so United fans who added to the colour and noise inside Ibrox and who will make their way to Glasgow next month for the second time in four years to play either St Johnstone or Aberdeen.

"I am delighted and, for everyone connected to the club, it is such a great feeling," McNamara said.

"The fans were fantastic from start to finish. It was a great sight to see all the tangerine - not just behind the goal but at the sides as well, as well as the vocal support they gave us.

"It was good to send them up the road happy. That's what it is all about."