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Davis delighted as Lafferty scores in Rangers victory

By Lisa Gray

Motherwell 0 Rangers 3: Rangers midfielder Steven Davis was pleased to bounce back to winning ways with a 3-0 success at early-season Scottish Premier League pace-setters Motherwell.

Steven Naismith opened the scoring at Fir Park, before Davis’ fellow Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty doubled the advantage and Gregg Wylde wrapped up the victory late on.

Rangers suffered a 2-1 reverse in the first leg of their Europa League play-off at Maribor in midweek, but victory provided a much-needed boost ahead of the return at Ibrox on Thursday.

“It was important to come here and get a good result,” Davis commented.

“Motherwell are doing well so we are delighted with the way we played and to get the three points.”

Naismith was happy to claim the opener, which he got a touch to after Nikica Jelavic unleashed a bullet header, for his third of the new campaign.

“I certainly am (claiming it). That's what all good strikers do,” he said.

“I didn't know much about it, but it's my goal definitely.

“Every season I want to score goals — it's the best part of my game. Hopefully it continues.”

Rangers boss Ally McCoist was pleased with the result after injury had forced him to give first SPL starts to youngsters Ross Perry and Jordan McMillan.

“I'm really thrilled to be honest. One or two questions have been answered,” he said.

“We've still got a long way to go, but there were some terrific individual performances.

“The players worked hard for each other and we deserved the victory.”

Asked if he was pleased with the performances of his young debutants, McCoist added: “Not half. Ross Perry was superb.

“I was also pleased with Jordan's discipline. After getting booked in the first-half there was a couple times in second-half where he could have gone to ground and mis-timed tackles.

“He didn't though which was impressive.”

The defeat was Motherwell's first of the season and manager Stuart McCall bemoaned conceding the opener just before the break.

“It is hugely disappointing. If you are going to beat the Old Firm you've got to score first,” he said.

“The goal just before half-time killed us.

“Then the second and third goals came on the counter attack. We are disappointed because we could have been better.”

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