Jon Daly praises Rangers team-mates for success

Jon Daly, centre, has praised his Rangers team-mates for his run of form this season. Picture: SNSJon Daly, centre, has praised his Rangers team-mates for his run of form this season. Picture: SNS
Jon Daly, centre, has praised his Rangers team-mates for his run of form this season. Picture: SNS
Jon Daly has paid tribute to his Rangers team-mates for ensuring his debut season at Ibrox has been a major success so far.

The striker has already netted 18 goals to put himself within touching distance of his own personal best of 22 for a campaign.

The Irishman is ahead of schedule in terms of his own expectations at the Glasgow giants and was keen to acknowledge the role played by the rest of the players.

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He said: “When I spoke to the manager about signing for the club, he talked to me about getting balls into the box and that’s what my game needs.

“I need balls into the box, I need plenty of service.

“I’ve got to credit the boys, they have been fantastic for me this year and they have really given me great service.

“Thankfully, I’ve been in there to put them away.

“Every year is the same, I try to set myself little targets.

“I’m probably slightly ahead of where I want to be, which is great.

“Hopefully I can continue that and finish the rest of the season off the way I’ve started.”

Daly might have been happy to offer the credit he feels his Gers team-mates deserve, but he insists no-one at the club is seeking praise for enjoying an impressive run of results.

Ally McCoist’s men have won every single Scottish League One game to date and head into the Boxing Day clash with Stranraer aiming to extend their winning streak to 21 games.

The level of competition they are facing each week means Rangers may not be lavished with too much credit for their efforts.

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But, according to Daly, the players are only interested in winning games; not the plaudits that come with the victories.

He said: “We are expected to go out and win games. None of the boys are looking for credit.

“We are putting everything into each game and trying to pick up points. At the moment, we are doing that.

“I don’t think we really need to look for credit for doing it.

It’s what we are here to do and hopefully we will continue to do that.”

The winning run has been forged against a backdrop of off-field turmoil, which culminated in last Thursday’s AGM.

A bitter power struggle stretching back months came to an end when the current board won re-election, while a group of challengers failed to win their own places in the Ibrox boardroom.

Daly said: “I’m sure some of the boys read the papers. I don’t particularly read papers.

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“I just try to focus on the games and training and my football.”

He added: “We need to just concentrate on the next game and try to put everything into that game.

“If we can get the three points then we focus fully on the next one.

“We are aware that we have won every league game and there is that added pressure but it’s a good pressure to have on you.

“If we focus on the next game and don’t look too far down the line, hopefully we can keep on winning games and picking up points.”