Clark welcomes Little's return

RANGERS striker Nicky Clark has admitted he is itching to get on to the field against Dunfermline - and bury the memory of the 1-1 draw with Stranraer.

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Nicky Clark wasn't on the scoresheet against Stranraer on Boxing Day but scored four against Forfar earlier this month
Nicky Clark wasn't on the scoresheet against Stranraer on Boxing Day but scored four against Forfar earlier this month

Clark was unable to hit the target in the showdown with the third-placed side in SPFL League One at Ibrox on Boxing Day.

And the Stair Park club cancelled out Lee McCulloch's penalty in stoppage time when Jamie Longworth netted to earn a richly-deserved point.

The disappointing result ended a winning run in all competitions that stretched all the way back to early August.

But Clark is hoping to put the dropped points out of his mind by scoring the goals that secure victory at East End Park tonight.

Speaking to the official Rangers website, he said: "It is good the game is coming around again so quickly. We need to be prepared and, hopefully, we can get back to winning ways.

"We've got three hard away games coming up but it's a good chance for us to get a run going again.

"It was really frustrating to end our winning run last time out because we'd obviously done really well to get the string of results we did."

Clark added: "Now we're back to square one and we need to make sure we are ready to go again when we play Dunfermline and kick on from there.

"The Stranraer game was disappointing. We just weren't good enough for the whole 90 minutes and we got what we deserved.

"We can't use the fact there was a big break before it as an excuse. We have to be ready for every game we play in when it comes along."

Clark will have competition for his place up front alongside Jon Daly now Andy Little has returned from a spell out injured.

Little, who broke his cheekbone and jaw against Dunfermline at the start of November, came on as a second-half substitute against Stranraer.

But the Northern Ireland internationalist's team-mate welcomed his return ahead of a hectic run of matches in the league and Scottish Cup.

He added: "It's great Andy is back. He's a good player and we need to have competition in our squad.

"You can't have any slackness kicking in when you've got that."

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