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Clark aims to impress McCoist

By Lisa Gray

Rangers 5 East Fife 0: Nicky Clark insists he is relishing the challenge of staying in manager Ally McCoist's plans after enjoying the best possible start to his Rangers career.

The forward opened his goalscoring account for his new club just 30 seconds into his competitive debut as the Light Blues romped to a 5-0 win over East Fife, helped by a skipper Lee McCulloch hat-trick.

Lewis Macleod was also on the scoresheet with a superb volley.

A transfer embargo meant Clark, and fellow new recruit goalkeeper Cammy Bell, featured in Saturday's Scottish League One clash at Ibrox as trialists.

With the year-long ban now lifted – and Rangers finally able to register and select all eight of their new signings – Clark knows competition for places is about to become a whole lot tougher, a prospect he welcomes.

He said: "You need competition at any football club.

"You can't just go in and know you are starting every week because complacency sets in.

"You need competition and it will be tough to stay in the team but hopefully, if I keep scoring goals, I can keep my place.

"Someone put on Twitter that the goal was something like 29 seconds into the game.

"To score my first goal that quickly, and in front of that crowd, was unbelievable.

"I was a wee bit nervous going into the game, as anyone would be in their first game here, so to score so quickly settled me down and I went on to enjoy the game."

Clark paid tribute to hat-trick hero McCulloch.

The 22-year-old said: "Big Jig (McCulloch) was brilliant and so were his goals.

"He talked me through the game and helped me through it and he's a great pro.

"Him and big Jon Daly and the rest of the experienced boys will help not just me but the rest of the young boys as well this season."

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