Jon Daly admits Rangers must get out of the traps quicker in future if they are to continue their impressive start to the Scottish League One campaign.
The Light Blues claimed a 4-0 win against East Fife at New Bayview on Saturday to maintain their 100 per cent league record so far.
But they we forced to wait until the second half, when an own goal from Gary Thom set the ball rolling before Daly bagged a hat-trick.
The previous week saw Rangers fall two goals behind in the opening eight minutes before fighting back to secure a 4-3 win at Brechin City.
Reflecting on the victory in Methil, Daly said: “The manager just told us he wanted more at half time.
“We knew ourselves our first-half performance wasn’t up to the standards we had set ourselves.
“So it’s up to us to make sure we come out and start games better than we have being doing.
“But we didn’t concede in the first half when we weren’t at our best and give them something to hang on to.”
Daly netted his second hat-trick of the season in a blistering 15-minute spell to ensure what was a comfortable win in the end.
The forward said: “It was great deliveries for my goals and I was just happy to be there to put them away.
“In the first half, East Fife deserve credit because they didn’t give us a lot of space and closed us down, but thankfully in the second half we managed to get a few goals and go on to win the game.
“East Fife had a good result last week against Dunfermline, which is a tough place to go, and were full of confidence. So we knew in the first half it would be difficult.
“We were frustrated in ourselves because we took so long to get it together, but the boys at the back held it together.
“We always knew once we got one we could go on and score a few more.”
The Irishman’s impressive goal haul so far means he has already revised his target for the season.
Daly said: “My best tally is 22 for Dundee United a couple of years ago.
“I always set little targets to reach. The first one was 10 and I think I’ve got 11 now, so next it will be 15 and then we will just go from there.
“We’ve got games coming thick and fast now so it will be a difficult period for us coming up with plenty of games and the squad is going to be utilised to the full.
“We have a massive game now on Tuesday in the semi-final of the Ramsdens Cup.”
Ally McCoist likewise was full of praise for Daly.
“Jon was brilliant and they were great finishes. Nicky Clark did really well for Jon’s second header and we were delighted with the way he took his goals,” said Ally.
“He’s more renowned for his heading but I thought his finish from Lewis’ cross was the best of the three. A lot of people won’t realise that’s a difficult one to take. It was a great ball but it’s an easy one to put over the bar and Jon did well to keep it down.”