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Law double in Rangers win delights McCoist

By Ronnie Esplin

Albion Rovers 0 Rangers 4: Rangers manager Ally McCoist paid tribute to Nicky Law after he bagged an impressive double on his competitive debut.

The midfielder struck twice to set the ball rolling on a comfortable 4-0 win over Albion Rovers in the Ramsdens Cup.

Ian Black and David Templeton were also on the scoresheet in the first round tie but Law already seems to have established himself as something of a fans' favourite.

McCoist said: "I would consider him to be a big favourite of mine if he keeps that going, never mind the fans.

"His first goal was a great goal because he must have run 40, 50 yards and you could see a real desire to get on the end of the cross.

"The second goal as well was absolutely excellent."

A transfer embargo means Rangers are unable to register their new signings until September 1 so Law and Jon Daly both featured as trialists.

McCoist added: "As trialists go, I thought the two trialists did very well.

"I'm just a little bit disappointed I couldn't get any more of my trialists on but hopefully we will see them in the near future."

The result and performance were far more convincing than this time last year when Rangers needed extra-time to see off Brechin in the Ramsdens Cup, days after finding themselves in Scottish football's bottom tier.

McCoist said: "I thought it was a really polished and comfortable overall performance.

"The standard of goal was absolutely out of this world.

"The first two goals from Nicky Law were terrific and definitely settled us and allowed us to play the game at our tempo.

"The icing on the cake was Black's finish and Templeton's goal at the end.

"It's a clean-sheet as well so it's been a good day at the office."

The Gers boss was forced to make a late change to the team-sheet ahead of kick-off when Kyle McAusland replaced Emilson Cribari.

Northern Ireland winger Andy Little also featured ahead of the league campaign which begins on Saturday week.

McCoist said: "He had a wee twinge in his groin yesterday in training but he reckoned he would be fine so we kept the team.

"He felt it tweak a little bit in the warm-up and it was an automatic change," McCoist added.

Rangers struggled to adapt to their new surroundings last season but Rovers boss James Ward expects them to be much stronger this term.

He said: "They recognised what they went into last year and now they have signed the players who can handle the situation.

"Jon Daly will be an absolute menace to people with the balls in the box and Nicky Law's quality and movement is excellent.

"They've got players around them like Ian Black and they've got a bit of flair here and there so they've got a better balance and I think it's a more settled environment for them as well."

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