Black getting into the groove

IAN BLACK believes both he and Rangers are finally finding their feet in the Irn-Bru Third Division after a tricky start to life in the SFL.

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Ian Black and Kevin Kyle played together at Hearts
Ian Black and Kevin Kyle played together at Hearts

The Light Blues made it four victories on the bounce in the league last weekend with a 6-2 win at East Stirlingshire.

Having looked more like himself against Peterhead in the previous game, Black again played a central role in the win at Ochilview.

And he believes he is now settling into a rhythm and that goes in tandem with the fact Ally McCoist's men as a group are starting to build up a run of positive results too.

The former Hearts man said: "We've done a full round of the league now and we're starting to kick on and gel together as a team.

"We're knocking the ball about better and we're adapting. We scored good goals at the weekend so we're really happy.

"I feel I'm getting better too. I knew it was going to take time because I never really had a pre-season.

"It wasn't going to take a few weeks to find my form, but I've played a lot of games now and I'm trying to pick things up.

"I'm getting more relaxed on the ball and I feel I'm getting back to what I do best. Hopefully I can keep it going."

Black, like many of his Ibrox team-mates, was thrilled for Kevin Kyle when he scored his first goal in his first start for the club at the weekend.

It was the big attacker's first strike in almost two years after an awful time with injuries during his spell at Tynecastle – and Black has told how he was on the park the last time the 31-year-old scored.

Kyle's last strike had been a late winner for Hearts in a 1-0 Edinburgh derby victory against Hibernian on January 1, 2011, at Tynecastle.

"I was absolutely delighted for big Kev at the weekend. From training with him, I know he has been going through a hard time," said Black.

"He came in at the weekend though and played really well. I thought he was absolutely great and I was over the moon for him when he got his goal."

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