Rangers striker Jon Daly expects net gain in treble bid

RANGERS striker Jon Daly ended an agonising six-game scoring drought when he netted in the 3-2 win over Arbroath last Saturday.

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Jon Daly has contributed 19 goals as Rangers bid for a League One, Ramsdens Cup and Scottish Cup treble
Jon Daly has contributed 19 goals as Rangers bid for a League One, Ramsdens Cup and Scottish Cup treble

But the Irishman reckons there is no chance the Ibrox club will suffer the same fate as him at any stage in the remainder of the season.

Ally McCoist's men have been on target in every one of their competitive outings so far in the 2013/14 campaign.

And they have scored 74 goals in SPFL League One and 90 in all competitions this term.

Top scorer Daly, who has now netted on 19 occasions since joining the Glasgow giants, believes his team will always pose a threat in the final third.

He admitted: "It was disappointing and difficult for me to go so long without scoring a goal before the match at the weekend.

"But the team kept on winning games, home and away, during that time and that, to be honest, is really all that matters.

"I was still working hard for the team during that time, even though I was not scoring and was helping the team out with my general play.

"Of course, strikers are in the side to score goals and that is how we are judged. But I was still contributing to the team by working hard.

"I think you just have to accept that you will have spells like that during the course of the season. I went through one like it at the start of this term.

"At the same time, you usually go through spells when you score a lot of goals and I have certainly enjoyed one of them this term."

Daly added: "The fans stayed firmly behind me during the time when I was not scoring. That has been true since I joined the club in the close season.

"Hopefully, they have been able to see I have been working away for the good of the team, even though I have not been scoring.

"Anyway, we have a lot of players in the side, including our defenders and midfielders, who can score goals given half a chance and they have been doing that."

Nicky Clark, who had struck up a decent strike partnership with Daly, has been ruled out of action for six weeks with a broken bone in a foot.

It is a setback for Rangers, who will be bidding to land League One, the Ramsdens Cup and the William Hill Scottish Cup in the remaining months of the campaign.

But his fellow-frontman reckons McCoist has the strength in depth he needs to deal with the loss of the man who banged in over 40 goals for Queen of the South last season.

Andy Little, Dean Shiels and David Templeton have all recovered from the injuries which have sidelined them this season and are pushing for inclusion in the Gers starting line-up.

Northern Ireland internationalist Shiels started his first match in over four months against East Fife earlier this month - and scored both goals in a 2-0 victory.

Templeton, meanwhile, has made important contributions in his last two games against Forfar Athletic away last week and Arbroath at home at the weekend.

He came off the bench to slot home a last-minute wonder goal at Station Park - a ground his side have struggled at this season - to sew up a hard-fought three points.

And, against Arbroath, he single-handedly transformed his side's fortunes after arriving on the field of play midway through the second half.

The 25-year-old scored a superb individual goal to get the home team back on level terms and generally raised his side's play.

Elsewhere, Little has shown fleeting glimpses of his best form in his appearances since returning from the broken jaw and cheekbone he sustained against Dunfermline in November.

Daly said: "It is obviously a blow to the team losing Nicky to injury. He had also started to find some form in front of goal after going through a difficult spell.

"He took his time to get into things here, but he had started to produce the sort of performances the persuaded the manager to sign him. He had been playing very well."

He added: "But we have other players in the squad who can do a job for the team in the forward areas in Dean, Andy and David, as well as others.

"I have been delighted for Dean. He has had trouble with his injuries and they have been flaring up a bit. He has been in and out of the squad.

"So I was really pleased for him that he came in and did so well against East Fife and since then. He is a quality player. Everyone in the squad was delighted that he came in and scored two goals.

"The same goes for Temps. He has had a lot of little niggling injuries this year which have kept him out for a couple of weeks at a time. But he is over them now and is back displaying his very best form.

"Andy Little has also started to feature for us regularly after recovering from his injuries and he is a quality player, too. Their performances show us the quality we have on the sidelines waiting to come in and do the business."

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