Andy Little was a relieved man on Saturday night as he looked back on opening his Rangers account for the season.
The goal may have been less than clear-cut – a deflection from an Ian Black drive – but the Northern Ireland man was in no doubt that the goal was his.
The Gers went on to claim a comfortable 3-0 victory over Stranraer.
“The referee has given the goal to me so I’m delighted about that,” Little said.
“It was a great shot from Blackie, it was coming across me and I just tried to get something on it.
“Thankfully it hit off me and went into the net and I think that’s what I needed this season.”
There was a refreshing honesty surrounding Little’s analysis of the season so far.
“I was delighted to get off the mark,” he added.
“I haven’t started how I would have liked to and maybe I’ve put a bit too much pressure on myself to get goals.
“Perhaps I should have had a couple more by now – but hopefully I can kick on and I think Ian was happy enough to give it to me.
“He knows I was struggling and he’s already had a couple of goals so he is happy to give me that one.”
There will of course be increased competition for places come September with all eight summer signings eligible to play as Little acknowledged.
“Eight boys have come in and they will be looking to put the likes of myself out of the team,” he said.
“Everyone is playing for our places – no-one’s guaranteed a game. You expect that at a club like this and maybe I’ve just got myself too worked up and you almost try too hard.
“I laughed after the ball had went in today because of the way it went in but for mepersonally it’s massive to get off the mark.
“I think the first-half showed how far we have come from last season. Now we are a bit more street wise and we know how to get across the line in games like that. It’s important we start games at the right tempo.”
For team-mate Scott Gallagher the approach of September is even more critical,given that former Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell is one of the new arrivals.
The young ‘keeper has been linked with possible loan moves but made it clear that his mind is set on battling to retain his place at Ibrox.
“You need to concentrate at all times. I want to stay focused on playing. I’ve waited a long time for this – I’ve been at Ibrox for eight years, working with the likes of Stefan Klos, Allan McGregor and Neil Alexander, learning from them all.
“I grew up in Motherwell a Rangers’ fan – and want to stay at Ibrox for as long as possible.”
Meanwhile, Ally McCoist was – like any manager – far from satisfied despite the win.
“We played pretty well before the break and we converted our chances although I still felt we gave away careless free kicks and set plays around our own 18-yard box.
“I thought the game was effectively over at half-time but that said, we need to have a better tempo in our second half performances.”