Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Wallace warns rivals as Rangers bounce back in style

Rangers' Chris Hegarty celebrates his goal during the Scottish League Two match at Ibrox, Glasgow

Stand-in skipper Lee Wallace believes Rangers have fired out a message that they are now ready to be ruthless this season following Saturday's 4-1 win over Brechin City.

Goals from Northern Ireland under-21 defender Chris Hegarty, Nicky Law, Ian Black and another Ulsterman, Dean Shiels secured a comfortable victory in the Scottish League 1 opener at Ibrox.

The display was in stark contrast to last week's shock League Cup exit at the hands of Forfar, but Wallace credits an impressive midweek friendly outing against Newcastle United for allowing the Light Blues to overcome the disappointment quickly.

He said: "We were all devastated in that dressing room last week, but we knew we couldn't feel sorry for ourselves.

"It was actually quite good in a way that we had the Newcastle game a couple of days later because that lifted the spirits really quickly for us.

"We performed well on the night against top opposition and that set us up for a good week.

"We were ready and we were buzzing come Friday and I think we have put a message out there that we are ready to try to put a lot of goals past teams."

The visit of City allowed Rangers to begin their league campaign in style as they seek to claim another title this term.

Wallace – wearing the captain's armband in the absence of suspended skipper Lee McCulloch – said: "It was the perfect start in terms of scoring a goal after a minute or two.

"It gave us a great lift and it gave the stadium a great lift.

"The fans were tremendous from start to finish which created a great atmosphere for us to go on and put on a decent show. I thought we did that.

"There was that period when it went to 2-1 and we thought 'here we go again', but we went on to finish the game strongly and all in all it was a good day for us."

A transfer embargo means that Rangers are currently restricted to fielding two of their eight new signings as trialists in each game until they can be registered on September 1.

Jon Daly and Law were given the nod on Saturday, having performed well in the Ramsdens Cup a couple of weeks ago, and Wallace was impressed by their contribution.

He said: "They have shown in the Albion Rovers game and this game the strengths they bring.

"They were superb again and they bring a lot to the team in terms of their experience and their quality.

"It's only going to help when we can get everyone involved. That's what it's all about, it's about using the full squad.

"The manager has got a number of guys who can come in and help the ones who are able to play until September 1. It's great for the club and great for us."

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