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Rangers star McCulloch has eyes on silver and not goals

Rangers 3 St. Mirren 1

Lee McCulloch edged closer to his best ever goal tally for a season with a double against St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League.

McCulloch, however, insists points mean prizes and his own personal targets do not matter as long as Rangers continue to notch up the wins.

McCulloch now has seven goals for the campaign — five short of his best record while at Motherwell back in season 1999-2000.

He said: “I've managed to get a few goals this season compared to other seasons when I've been in a different role.

“I've played a few games at centre-half this season as well so it's good to contribute to the goals.

“My best tally in Scotland is 12 when I was at Motherwell — and that was a long time ago!

“I'll just keep going, but it doesn't matter who gets the goals as long as we keep getting the points.”

McCulloch had initially been a doubt for the visit of Saints after limping out of last week's Old Firm derby with an ankle knock and sitting out Scotland's midweek win over Czech Republic.

With his replacement Maurice Edu snatching a late winner against Celtic, he admits he was fortunate to be given the nod ahead of the American in Saturday's 3-1 win at Ibrox.

He said: “I managed to train on Friday so it was good to start the game. I had heavy strapping on.

“When I went off last week, I thought Mo and Kevin Thomson were brilliant in the middle of the park so I could easily have been left out and I wouldn't have had an argument.

“I'm delighted I started and did all right.”

McCulloch levelled just two minutes after Graham Carey fired St Mirren into a shock lead and struck again within a minute of the restart.

Nacho Novo then sealed the win late on as Rangers moved 13 points clear at the summit of the SPL, before Celtic cut that back to 10 with their win at Falkirk yesterday.

McCulloch said: “I don't think we can afford to dream. One bad result and Celtic get their tails up.

“We've got to just keep going. We've got a massive game against Kilmarnock on Tuesday against a team who are doing well.”

Buddies boss Gus MacPherson admits the timing of Rangers' goals were crucial in allowing them to mount an impressive fightback.

He said: “When you come to a place like Ibrox, it's always going to be a tough afternoon when you concede goals just after taking the lead and at the start of a crucial 45 minutes.

“You could see the lift that gave Rangers but we still tried to take something out of the game and create opportunities.”

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