Goal hero Nicky got by with a little help from his friend Jon

Nicky Clark has paid tribute to Jon Daly's influence after the Rangers striker finally showed the clinical form of which he is capable this week.

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Deadly duo...Jon Daly and Nicky Clark have formed a potent partnership for Gers
Deadly duo...Jon Daly and Nicky Clark have formed a potent partnership for Gers

The 22-year-old forward netted four as Rangers ran riot against Forfar on Tuesday night.

And he believes that while he has had to be patient in waiting for his chance, that he owes much to the tips that have been passed on to him from Daly.

Much was expected of Clark when he first arrived at the club because of the fact he had netted 41 goals for Queen of the South last term.

He has, though, found that there was a queue to the first-team at Ibrox and he's had to be patient as he got his head down and waited for his chance.

Daly, however, has been quick to offer a few words.

"Jon is a great guy off and on the pitch," said Clark.

"He has really helped me out a lot. He is a player who knows the position inside out and he has helped me out, not just on the training ground but on the pitch as well.

"To be honest, you can't help but learn from someone like that.

"He knows what it is all about. He has talked me through a few things and he has been a really big help.

"All the senior players here have been good. I think no matter where you come from, it is a massive club to come into.

"I was prepared for the fact that it would take me a bit of time to get into the team because there is a lot of quality here.

"Now it is just up to me to try and kick on. You have to take the chances you get when they come along and I'd like to think I can do that.

"The more you play, the sharper you feel. If I can get game time under my belt then I think the goals will come.

"But I'm happy to bide my time and see what the manager wants."

As such, Clark has set no personal ambitions for himself between now and the end of the season.

On paper, it would seem this campaign has been something of an anti-climax given how often he was hitting the back of the net last term but the player himself is content he is on the right road.

"No, I'm perfectly happy with how things are going for me," he said.

"I never set any targets for myself in terms of scoring goals and this season is no different.

"My only ambition between now and the end of the season is to try and play as much football as I can. It is always nice to be in the team."

Rangers' victory over Forfar was their 19th successive win this season.

Unlike last term when Ally McCoist's side found the going relatively turgid in the old Third Division, this season they have been met with very little resistance.

It has encouraged suggestions of an unbeaten league season, something Clark was keen to downplay.

"I don't think anyone is really thinking about that," he said. "It is just about trying to make sure we keep winning games. It isn't as easy as people seem to think it is. You have to approach games with the right attitude but I think the lads have all been professional and it has shown in the results so far this season.

"It is a case of keeping that going now."

Rangers host Ayr United this afternoon as they strive to keep the run going. Clark's four midweek goals ought to be enough to keep him in the starting line-up, but he is taking nothing for granted.

"Of course, I want to play but it is the manager's call," he shrugged. "I hope I've done enough over the last few months or so.

"My confidence has always been good and I've really enjoyed it. I feel as though I have learned a lot since coming and hopefully I'll become a better player.

"There is always a lot of competition for places. It's just about trying to keep the run going for the team and anything else is a bonus."


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