McCulloch targets away win

Lee McCulloch likened next Sunday’s trip to Clyde to a cup final

after his double against Queen’s Park put Rangers top of the Third

Division.

Rangers recovered from their defeat at bottom club Stirling with

a 2-0 derby victory, but they were far from convincing and

McCulloch’s second goal came in injury-time after Queen’s had

pushed their hosts back for much of the final quarter in front of a

49,463 crowd.

McCulloch was handed a tap-in in the 57th minute after Dean

Shiels had opened up the visiting defence but the floodgates failed

to open and the amateurs had a great chance to equalise following

the best move of the game but Andrew Robertson, who started the

attack, could only hit Neil Alexander with his shot after being

sent clean through.

But the victory was welcomed by manager Ally McCoist after the

defeat in Stirling and McCulloch has now targeted their first away

victory of the league season when they travel to Broadwood.

The Rangers striker, who took his goal tally for the season to

13, said: “With going top of the league, I think we should be

looking at next week like a cup final.

“Everyone knows our away form has been nowhere near good enough.

If we treat next week like a cup final and get a positive result,

then we can certainly try and kick on from there as well.”

Rangers needed to take Saturday’s opponents seriously too and

McCulloch revealed there had been some heated discussions at

half-time.

Rangers had good spells at either end of the first half but the

Spiders matched them in possession for the majority of the first 45

minutes and created several half-chances.

McCulloch, whose second goal was another tap-in after substitute

Barrie McKay hit the bar with a dipping long-range strike, said:

“The players were obviously disappointed and at half-time today and

there are four or five different arguments, and we are all getting

uptight.

“It just shows there are a lot of winners in the dressing room,

that 0-0 at half-time is annoying the players and they expect more

from each other.

“I think that showed in the second half with the way we

played.

“I think it’s a healthy thing if boys are arguing, as long as

it’s not getting ridiculous, which it isn’t. It just shows a will

to win.

“And it’s good to see the young boys getting involved as well,

and they are not scared to speak up to the experienced ones. It’s

all looking good.”

Queen’s Park manager Gardner Spiers, whose team were league

leaders when they arrived at Ibrox, praised his players for showing

the belief to mount a serious challenge to Rangers.

“At Queen’s Park we are used to losing four or five of our

better players each season because they attract others, and we have

to build a new team,” he said.

“I’m not sure of the number of players who have left Rangers but

it takes time for players to settle.

“You just don’t know what is going to happen until you play the

games.

“I don’t think there will be many teams who come here and expect

to win but the important thing is the players believe if they play

well it’s possible they can do well.”