Nicky Clark revels in vital goal as Rangers progress in Scottish Challenge Cup

Rangers' Nicky Clark (centre) celebrates scoring
Rangers' Nicky Clark (centre) celebrates scoring

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.”