Ally McCoist hails players following 8-1 thumping of Clyde in Petrofac Training Cup victory

Rangers' Kris Boyd celebrates his side's first goal
Rangers' Kris Boyd celebrates his side's first goal

Rangers manager Ally McCoist felt sharp passing and excellent finishing had raised his team’s performance levels as they kick-started their season with an 8-1 thrashing of Clyde.

Kris Boyd hit a hat-trick and Lewis Macleod and Lee McCulloch both scored superb doubles as Rangers moved into the third round of the Petrofac Training Cup with a performance that few saw coming after an unconvincing start to the season.

“We were miles better tonight – it was our best performance of the season by far. There were a massive amount of positives,” McCoist said.

“Our passing was good, we were sharper, clinical, the quality of our goals was superb. We moved the ball about quicker. We showed Clyde respect – it was important to keep moving forward throughout.

“I was delighted for all the lads. We stamped our authority on the game early on and could have won by more. It was a great night - we all want to play well all the time - but I just hope we can continue to play in the same fashion.”

The icing on the cake was Boyd breaking his duck in his second spell at Ibrox with a hat-trick, having failed to get on target in the three competitive games thus far.

“We were never worried about his lack of goals and it was good to see him get a hat-trick. There was never any doubt he’s a fantastic finisher and good goalscorer.”

There was also praise for youngsters Lewis MacLeod and Fraser Aird, both of whom were outstanding, netting three goals between them.

“Lewis and Fraser were excellent.”

One fly in the ointment for Ally was an injury to the Canadian winger, who has not enjoyed the best of luck in the opening weeks of the season. Indeed Rangers played the closing ten minutes of last night’s game with ten men after Aird limped off, having already used all three substitutes.

“Fraser’s was a sore one – it’s a thigh muscle injury, the same kind of injury he suffered pre-season in North America.”

The Ibrox boss explained the absence of goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

“Cammy suffered a shoulder injury in the first minute at Falkirk but played on. He felt it again in training. He’ll be seeing a specialist.”

Finally there were thoughts for former team-mate Barry Ferguson.

“It was a sore one for Barry but he wouldn’t be looking for any sympathy,” McCoist added.