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Lewis Macleod believes fear of the unknown no longer an issue for Rangers

Lee McCulloch celebrates after opening the scoring. Picture: SNS

Lee McCulloch celebrates after opening the scoring. Picture: SNS

  • by LISA GRAY
 

Midfielder Lewis Macleod believes a fear of the unknown is no longer an issue for Rangers in the Irn-Bru Third Division this season.

Rangers 2 - 0 Peterhead

Rangers - McCulloch (43), Wallace (66)

Saturday’s 2-0 win over Peterhead represented the start of the second quarter of games and proved to be more convincing than the 2-2 draw scraped at Balmoor in their league opener.

Rangers initially struggled to adapt to their new surroundings, especially away from home, after being voted into Scottish football’s bottom tier when they were relaunched as a newco in the summer.

But this victory at Ibrox allowed the club to remain at the top of the table and Macleod hopes they have now got to grips with an unfamiliar and tough division.

The youngster said: “We knew it was going to be a tough game against Peterhead but you find out more about teams as you go on. Now that we are into the second round of games we know what to expect going into matches now.

“We had a few dodgy games away from home but at home we are more comfortable and we showed that in this game. We struggled up there at Peterhead in the first game but this was a comfortable win.”

Goals by Lee McCulloch – his 17th of the season – and sponsors’ man of the match Lee Wallace secured the win in front of a packed house at Ibrox.

The victory was less dramatic than the previous week’s 7-0 thrashing of Alloa in the William Hill Scottish Cup but Macleod was happy with the points.

He added: “The main thing was to go out and get the win. We did well. We won 2-0 and would like to have won it by more, but they kept it quite tight in the middle and it was hard to play through them.

“Lee Wallace has been a stand-out performer all season for us and he showed that again and got man of the match.

“I think Lee McCulloch was looking for a goal seeing as he was playing at the back for this game and he also played well.”

As well as 18-year-old Macleod, the Rangers starting line-up also featured teenagers Barrie McKay and Robbie Crawford.

Manager Ally McCoist said: “It’s great that the supporters are getting an opportunity to see some of the youth coming through from Murray Park.

“It’s great to see that – but only if we continue to win and get promoted. That’s the target, that’s what we have to do. But one of the positives to come out of a negative situation is that we would get an opportunity to see some of the younger lads and see what their talents are.

“They are all learning and gaining experience and that’s a big plus for us.”

Peterhead manager Jim McInally was unhappy with the defeat but glad his side avoided a similar fate to Alloa.

He said: “I just wanted to make sure we went away with some positives and I think I got that. You could lose 7-0 like Alloa did last week and then you’ve got to pick the pieces up the week after.

“I’m not happy losing 2-0 but I think the players did themselves and the fans proud. They gave everything they could and they kept to the game plan.”

 

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