Goalscorer Nicky Clark ensured that Rangers’ drive to finally secure the Scottish Challenge Cup remains on course when his 25-yard drive found the back of the net for the only goal of Tuesday’s clash with Livingston.
A half-time substitute for the injured Nathan Oduwa, the striker was in no doubt as to the importance of his strike.
“It was a great strike – but the most important thing for us was to get the win to take us into the semi-finals,” Clark said.
“Livingston came out and were set-up really well. They made it difficult for us at times with a lot of bodies behind the ball but we dug in and were patient - and eventually we got there in the end.
“We may not be able to score four or five goals in every game – sometimes you’ve got to dig deep and win dirty.”
Clark was in no doubt that the Challenge Cup is a competition the Light Blues very much want to win.
“We want to win every competition that we’re in – it’s all about winning trophies at a club like Rangers.”
Clark outlined manager Mark Warburton’s half-time instructions to him before being thrown into the fray.
“He told me to go out and have an impact, to make good runs and if I got a chance then to take it,” he added.
“As a striker you want goals. Fortunately enough I managed to do that.”
The player has not featured as much as he would have wished during the current campaign – but recognised that this is the reality of being at a club with such a strong squad.
“You need competition for places – and the boys who have been playing have been great – but I feel I did well when I came on so hopefully I can get an outing on Sunday. The strikers we’ve got here with the manager playing a front three can play anywhere across the park.”