Rangers players show they have ability

Posted by John Gow

Dorin Goian RangersPA PhotosRangers' Andy Little has proven himself to be a goalscorer

At the final whistle on Saturday at Ibrox, it wouldn't be far wrong to suggest the 4-0 win for Rangers over Queen's Park was eventually a comfortable experience. However as the cliche goes, it was a 'game of two halves' in which the home side were mediocre in the first half, but played some nice stuff in the second.

It's on days like these that I feel sorry for Ally McCoist. After a 0-0 at half-time he was 45 minutes away from a bad week and yet now that his team have won the game, it's no big deal.

Rangers are now 22 points ahead in the league so there can be no complaints there. The main gripe over the last few months has been performance - and although not mind-blowing against Queen's - the Light Blues eventually delivered.

As McCoist said after the match: "In an ideal world that standard would be there for the rest of the season because they were certainly a lot brighter. They kept going in that second half and I was very pleased with the performance and result but also with the level of the goals. I've been saying for a few weeks now that we should be scoring more so today the level was good."

The Rangers manager might be emphasising the positives a little too much, but he is on the right track. Even though his team were without six players, they were still far too good for the 'spiders' and if anything the forced pick of Barrie McKay and putting Andy Little up-front was better for the team.

More than most Little has impressed me this season with his deadly finishing. Any time the Northern Irishman has been given the opportunity to play through the centre he has taken it and he is one player who would never be out of my strike force.

As McCoist points out: "I think Andy fancies his chances, particularly through the middle. I thought out with his goals his performance was good as well. He led the line well and worked tirelessly. He was the main focal point and he won a lot of flick-ons which is an ugly side of the game that he did well."

McKay helped liven up the team and although his final ball can still be improved, he brings an energy that the likes of Shiels do not. Kyle Hutton was also superb in the centre of midfield and worked well with Ian Black. The latter won the official man of the match (although I would have chosen Hutton) and played as well as he has all season.

Strangely enough, he is one player that I would not have picked for this game due to his indiscipline last Saturday against Dundee United, but then maybe McCoist had a word. If he did it seemed to work.

'Super Ally' isn't daft and the cheeky chappie persona portrayed to the media is the opposite of his real nature. The man is a winner and a fighter and the quicker his players follow his lead the better.

Overall it was another step to the SFL3 title and showed that even a threadbare Rangers team still have far too much for anyone else in the league. Now that the groundwork has been done to ensure results, it's time to end the season in style.

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