BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Falkirk hero Danny Rogers hailed his stunning penalty save against Rangers as the greatest moment of his career – before targeting a place at the summit of the Championship.
With the Bairns defending a 2-1 lead in the dying embers, Willie Collum pointed to the penalty spot after adjudging Blair Alston to have handled the ball in the box.
However, Rogers admits he thought “this is my time” and he produced a sensational low stop to tip Martyn Waghorn’s spot-kick onto the post.
It was one of a series of super stops from the on-loan Aberdeen keeper, having also denied Kenny Miller and Andy Halliday.
Rogers said: “It’s the happiest I’ve ever been as a footballer. I’ve played Rangers so many times and they’ve always beaten us. So to finally win against them – I’m delighted.
“I still can’t believe [Collum] gave the penalty but it turned out well for me! There’s not a chance it was a penalty. We’ve watched it back and it’s baffling.
“It hit his knee, his hands are nowhere near it. I thought he was giving offside or a free-kick and then he pointed to the spot. I’m thinking ‘what is he doing?!’
“But I just thought ‘this is my time’ and if I was going to make a penalty save there was no better time to do it.
“Some of the boys were giving advice – Luke Leahy was pointing the other way – but I made my own mind up.”
Rogers reckons the victory has blown the title race wide open after the Bairns – unbeaten in seven league matches – moved to within six point of the Gers.
He beamed: “Everyone’s writing us off as a play off team but if we keep our form up we’ll be right in about it.
“I know it’s a big task but we have the players . Some of them will go onto much better things. We have three big games coming up and if we take nine points we could be top of the league. After the last few weeks, teams are starting to fear us.
“They’re realising that we’ve been annihilating teams and they have to change the tactics.”