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McCulloch believes Cousin can be a hit at Rangers

Dunfermline 1 Rangers 4: Lee McCulloch has urged Daniel Cousin to hit the ground running and make his second spell at Rangers just as successful as his first.

Cousin watched from the stands as the Scottish champions fought back from behind to claim a 4-1 win at Dunfermline in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday and is set to train with the team today ahead of sealing his return to Ibrox during the week when the necessary paperwork arrives from the Gabon Football Association.

And McCulloch believes Cousin — who quit Rangers for Hull in a reported £3million move in 2008 — will give the chasing champions a major boost.

He said: “He's an all-rounder. When he was here the last time he had everything. I think the feeling in the dressing room was that he was the best all-round striker we had at that time.

“I just hope he hits the ground running. It's a fresh face and it will give everybody a lift. The quality is there and he's a nice guy to have around.”

McCulloch was handed the role of striker along with David Healy at East End Park, with Rangers short of options following Nikica Jelavic's move to Everton.

He netted his first goal of the season after Healy cancelled out a shock opener from Andy Kirk, before Sone Aluko and Salim Kerkar helped themselves to a goal apiece.

McCulloch said: “It's been a frustrating season for me so far. Every time I've got in the team, I've broken down with injury.

“It was a different position. It's somewhere I've played a few times.

“If I can get a game there, then I would like to play there and help the boys.

“There can't be any people moaning about getting left out of the team or being asked to play in a different position. You've just got to get on with it.

“The squad is quite thin so the boys in the dressing room need to stick together.”

Despite a tricky start to the game, Rangers were able to bounce back from last week's William Hill Scottish Cup exit to Dundee United and keep SPL leaders Celtic within sight.

McCulloch said: “It helps bring confidence, especially after last week. That result last week put us out of another cup and it could have been easy to go hiding. Losing the goal was another kick in the teeth.

“But we showed what fighters we've got and the togetherness we've got in the dressing room.”

The result means Dunfermline remain bottom of the table as they battle to survive their first campaign back in the top flight.

Boss Jim McIntyre said: “When you get the goal, it's important to try to keep the back door shut for the next 10 minutes but we didn't manage to do that.”

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