Rangers: Jon Daly helps side finish tour on high

JON DALY rounded off his best day in a Rangers’ jersey by pulling on the captains’ armband – after he had netted his first goal for the Ibrox side in their victory against FC Emmen.

Jon Daly: Scored first Rangers goal. Picture: SNS

FC Emmen 0-1 Rangers

Scorers: Rangers - Daly (49)

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The former Dundee United star controlled Andy Little’s cross before firing into the net in the 49th minute. And he was then given the chance to ­become skipper for the rest of the game as Lee Wallace, the club’s vice-captain, was replaced by Steven Smith.

According to rangers.co.uk, Daly said: “Obviously I am delighted to get my goal. It was a nice little finish after great work from Andy Little.

“He’s worked ever so hard to get down the side of them and he’s put a great ball into the box.

“I’ve just managed to take a touch across my marker and hit it first time, thankfully it has gone in. It was a great feeling and, hopefully, it can be the first of many.

“I think the first half was tough as they kept the ball really well and the conditions were hot so it was hard to press them.

“Second half I thought we played better and figured them out a bit. To now have five clean sheets is a great achievement for the boys at the back and in ­midfield and hopefully we can build on that.

“If we keep doing that and take our chances at the other end we will win more games than we lose.

“To be given the captain’s armband today was definitely nice as well, to be honest it was probably because I was the ­oldest player left on the pitch!

“But I am obviously delighted just to be playing for the club and to wear the captain’s ­armband was a great honour, it is something I will cherish.”

Manager Ally McCoist believes Rangers earned their fifth pre-season win on the trot ­because of the side’s strong ­second-half display.

McCoist said he was delighted at the way his team have performed during the break and is satisfied with the fitness levels they have achieved during their seven days at the Klosterpforte Hotel in Marienfeld, Germany.

Daly’s first goal for the club since his switch from the SPL was also a highlight, he said.

With his side ready to return to Glasgow McCoist told the club’s website: “I am ­delighted again today, I thought the first half was pretty even, they ­certainly have one or two very good players.

“They are a typical Dutch side with plenty of flair, pace and ­invention. But we played well in the first half as well.

“We had one or two chances to score and what I thought was particularly pleasing was our second-half performance as we were pretty solid and were ­certainly the better team.

“We deserved the victory and it was a great goal from Jon. I thought Andy Little did fantastically well down the left wing.

“He whipped in a great ball and Jon took a lovely touch away from the defender to open it up for him.

“As I keep saying to the ­strikers hit it into the ground and across the goalie, he did that today and it was a great goal.

“We’ve rode our luck a ­little bit, against Gutersloh we could have lost a goal and certainly today they had one or two chances.

“But I think over the games we have been quite comfortable at the back and as long as the concentration remains high and we don’t start thinking it is easy then we’ll be alright.”