Rangers hitman Clark's a shoo-in thanks to Boyd

RANGERS striker Nicky Clark today vowed to continue his scoring form in the League Cup clash with Queen's Park - with a little help from Kris Boyd.

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Nicky Clark is determined to keep his goals run going for Rangers
Nicky Clark is determined to keep his goals run going for Rangers

Clark banged in his second goal in three games in the emphatic 4-1 victory over SPFL Championship rivals Dumbarton at Ibrox on Saturday. And he is determined to get his name on the scoresheet once again when the Light Blues take on their city rivals Queen's at the Excelsior Stadium tomorrow night.

Many Rangers fans believed the 23-year-old would struggle to get a regular game after Ally McCoist brought in experienced hitmen Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller on free transfers during the summer and they are expected to start up front together when fit.

However, former Queen of the South marksman Clark has made the most of Miller being out injured at the weekend by netting in just his second start. And he revealed how playing alongside Miller and Boyd, who teed up his second half strike against the Sons, has brought him on as a player this term.

Clark said: "It can only help me progress in my career playing with strikers like Boydy, Kenny and big Jon Daly.

"They have got bags of experience at the top level.

"They talk to me all of the time in training and during games and it definitely helps me to do well.

"I am loving the experience of training and playing alongside these top-quality players. That is two goals I have scored now and hopefully I can keep on scoring."

Clark has confirmed that Daly, who underwent an operation before the new season kicked off, is back in training at Murray Park and is set to return to action soon.

And he predicted the increased competition for places there will be at Ibrox when the Irishman is fit will help the Gers, who scored 12 times last week, to keep hitting the target. He said: "Big Jon started training the other day.

"He is a great player and it will be more difficult for us to get into the side when he gets back fit again.

"That helps to keep you on your toes. We know we have to keep scoring or another player will come in and take our places in the side."

Meanwhile, Clark, who opened his account for the season with a well-taken strike in the 2-0 win over Falkirk 10 days ago, reckons fan criticism over form has steeled the team in their quest to make it three back-to-back titles this term.

He said: "We were criticised for the Hearts performance and for the display against Falkirk.

"But I thought we did well to win the game against Falkirk. And our displays against Clyde, when we scored eight goals, and Dumbarton, when we got four, last week were excellent.

"We will take the good with the bad and the bad with the good. But there is definitely a determination among the boys after the criticism we got."

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