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By Mike Dunbar

Rangers may have romped to Paul Le Guen's biggest win so far but the Ibrox boss has told his players they must do better.

Rangers 4

Falkirk 0

Rangers may have romped to Paul Le Guen's biggest win so far but the Ibrox boss has told his players they must do better.

Phil Bardsley, Dado Prso, Kris Boyd and Thomas Buffel all helped themselves to a goal apiece to secure a 4-0 victory over Falkirk.

The win keeps them within a point of Bank of Scotland Premier League leaders Celtic and kicks off a month which will see Gers play no fewer than seven games, including the first Old Firm derby of the season on September 23.

Next up are Molde in the UEFA Cup first round, first leg, and Le Guen has demanded an improvement ahead of Thursday's trip to Norway.

He said: "I am satisfied with the result, it was a great result, but sometimes we have played better.

"I am looking forward but they will be hard games. We have four games away in a row so it will be difficult.

"I am aware we must be ready and that we must play better than today."

As well as the win, Rangers were also celebrating the return of skipper Barry Ferguson.

His second-half appearance was his first since April, when he had surgery on an ankle problem before picking up a heel injury during pre-season.

Ferguson hurt his knee towards the end of the game but will be fit for the trip to Molde, along with Lee Martin who missed out with a knee injury.

Transfer deadline day signing Sasa Papac is ineligible for the UEFA Cup matches because of his involvement in a Champions League qualifier with Austria Vienna.

But the Bosnia international will now be available for domestic games after a problem with his visa was resolved.

Le Guen admits he is now spoiled for choice but insists his squad will be tested to the limit over the coming weeks, with Hibernian, Dunfermline and Aberdeen also lying in wait before the end of the month.

Speaking of Ferguson's return, Le Guen said: "It is great because we need important players for the run of the games we will play in the following weeks."

He added: "I have many options but I have 23 players and that is not too many for such a run of games.

"It is good to have options. It is difficult for the players sometimes to accept the situation, but it is my job to select and I am ready to do that."

Falkirk head coach John Hughes was forced to watch from the stand as a result of his touchline ban and did not like what he saw from his players.

He said: "We were well beaten and didn't deserve to get anything out of the match.

"I don't think 4-0 was a fair reflection of the game, one or two of the goals were avoidable, but we didn't look like scoring.

"We need to get back to playing with a real spirit and express ourselves."


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