Jumping Jon gets a lift from McCoist

ALLY McCoist this week claimed Jon Daly is one of the best players in the air he has ever seen at Rangers.

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Jon Daly was praised this week by boss Ally McCoist for his heading abilities
Jon Daly was praised this week by boss Ally McCoist for his heading abilities

Ally even went so far as to suggest that Daly is as good as Mark Hateley - and my good self! I have certainly been very impressed with the goals Jon has scored for the Ibrox club this season.

If he gets service from the left or right wing then invariably he buries the ball in the back of the net.

On top of that, he can hold the ball up and bring others into play.

I feel that despite his goal in the 3-0 win over Ayr at the weekend Jon's form has faded a bit recently.

So I suspect Ally is just trying to give the big fellow a lift with his comments.

And he is absolutely right to do that. Every hit man suffers a dip during the course of the season.

I still believe Daly will finish the season as top scorer in League One.

I never really worked on my heading. It was just something that I was good at: as a big lad, I was expected to be.

I can remember big Jock Wallace introduced a kind of hangman's noose device to our sessions at the Albion training ground for a while.

A ball was hanging down and Derek Parlane, myself and all the other front men would run up, time our jumps and head it. But that was really all we did.

It helped that I had players like Willie Henderson, Willie Johnston, Tommy McLean and Davie Cooper delivering crosses into the box for me to get on the end of.

The best header of the ball I ever saw was, without doubt, Denis Law.

Denis was out of this world. He was a fantastic jumper.

He would seem to hang in the air - it was like he was suspended by string.

His headers would always be glanced into the net too.


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