ALLY McCoist was delighted by the quality of the goals scored by his team in their 4-0 win over Albion Rovers yesterday but, above all, he was reassured by a solid all-round team effort.
Rangers were dogged by a lack of consistency last season, but in this Ramsdens Challenge Cup tie, they applied themselves in exemplary fashion.
“It was really professional – I think that’s the best way to put it,” the Ibrox manager said. “I thought we probably took about ten to 15 minutes to get going – we were a little bit rough round the edges [then]. But, after that, I thought it was a really polished and comfortable overall performance.
“I thought the standard of goal was absolutely out of this world, to be honest with you. The first two goals from Nicky Law were terrific, and they definitely settled us.
“He’ll be a big favourite of mine if he keeps that going, never mind the fans. His first goal was a great goal – he must have run 40, 50 yards, and you could see a real desire to get on the end of the cross. And the second goal as well I thought was absolutely excellent.
“The icing on the cake was Ian Black’s finish and David Templeton’s at the end. A clean sheet as well, so it’s been a good day at the office.”
The restrictions on new signings mean that McCoist will not be able to select a full-strength team until September, which is another reason he was pleased with the way this match unfolded.
Law and Jon Daly were the two new men he was able to select as trialists and, although the manager faces a frustrating few weeks before being able to make complete use of his playing resources, he was enthused by the performances of the former Motherwell midfielder and Dundee United striker.
“I thought the two trialists did very well,” he said. “Just a little bit disappointed I couldn’t get any more of my trialists on, but hopefully we’ll see them in the near future.
“It [selection] is actually a tough decision, although the laws have helped me. I can’t pick all of them, so the laws, although they have inhibited us, have cut down on our choice, so you roughly know what you’re going to do.”
New Albion Rovers manager James Ward can now look forward to preparing his team for everyday life in the bottom division after being in the spotlight as a result of being drawn against Rangers. “I’m glad it’s over – we can get back to normal now,” he said. “Everybody at the club will be glad to concentrate on what’s ahead.”