Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Templeton magic helped us to victory, says McCoist

Rangers 3 Clyde 0: Rangers manager Ally McCoist paid tribute to David Templeton after the winger played a key role in the 3-0 Irn-Bru Third Division win over Clyde at Ibrox.



The former Hearts star set up Lee Wallace for the opener before claiming a superb goal of his own to double the advantage.

Northern Ireland striker Dean Shiels then put the gloss on the victory with the third but it was Templeton who stole the show with a man of the match display as Rangers moved 12 points clear at the summit.

McCoist said: “He's one of those players who will make something happen.

“He will give the ball away as well, which you have to accept with players with great talent.

“They will try things that won't always come off but, when they do, they're worth waiting for.

“I thought his pass to Wallace for the first goal was exceptional but the second goal, you will struggle to see a better goal all day.

“It was a magic goal. It just came back onto his right foot and he slewed it into the top corner. It was a wonderful finish.”

McCoist added: “I definitely think we can play better, and we will play better, but you've got to be happy with a 3-0 victory at home.

“We can do more in forward areas but I thought we looked strong defensively again.

“We were pretty solid, with Ross Perry and Chris Hegarty coming in and doing well. It's been a good day's work.”

The win over Clyde was Rangers' ninth victory in a row as they put further distance between themselves and the rest of the teams in the division.

Asked if the Light Blues are now threatening to run away with the league, McCoist said: “I certainly hope that's the case, I really do.

“But we will continue to do what we've been doing and that's treat everybody with respect. We will look to win games on merit.

“Looking back, I still think a big turning point in terms of our season was winning our first away game against Clyde. It got us a bit of confidence away from home.

“The home performances and results have certainly been good but I've been equally as happy in recent weeks with the results away from home.

“I hope we do run away with it but we have to earn it.”

Rangers face Queen's Park at Hampden Park on Saturday in their final fixture of 2012, with Northern Ireland striker Andy Little doubtful after limping out of yesterday's game with a hamstring problem.

McCoist said: “We've got another tough game coming up against one of the better sides.

“But it's at a place that I would hope would suit us.”

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