Rangers rally to ease to a 4-1 win over Cowdenbeath at Ibrox

Rangers Nicky Clark (left) celebrates scoring the opening goal
Rangers Nicky Clark (left) celebrates scoring the opening goal


Rangers boss Stuart McCall has warned defender Bilel Mohsni to cut out the mistakes after his latest gaffe nearly cost his side victory against Cowdenbeath.

The Glasgow giants were leading through Nicky Clark’s 49th-minute opener when Mohsni handed the Fifers an equaliser.

The Tunisian dallied on the ball while under pressure from Kudus Oyenuga and passed straight to Cowden midfielder Colin Marshall, who slipped in former Spurs youngster Oyenuga to score with 13 minutes left.

The 32,682-strong Ibrox crowd roared with fury but Mohsni’s blushes were spared when Darren McGregor put the Gers back in front.

On-loan Newcastle playmaker Haris Vuckic then rolled home two more goals to round of a 4-1 win but McCall told his defender it was time to up his concentration levels.

Asked if he had spoken to him about his mistake after the game, the Light Blues manager said: “Yeah because you know something, he did so many good things defensively in the game today - but then he’s got the little rick in him.

“He has got to cut that out of his game, but he knows that.

“It was a really poor error he made by trying to pass it into an area that wasn’t on. He’s got to learn.

“In the first half he was really strong, coming in front of his marker and put some good balls in.

“But as a group, all of us, we have got to cut out the sloppiness. The concentration and focus has got to be on.”

Rangers dominated the first half but failed to find a way past Robbie Thomson in the Cowden goal. However, Clark did finally grab the opener just after the change of ends, slotting home after Lee Wallace’s low shot was parried.

Oyenuga briefly gave the visitors hope but McGregor produced a 25-yard beauty to fire Rangers into the lead once more before substitute Vuckic rolled home twice in the final two minutes to complete a win which moves Rangers level on points with Hibernian with a game in hand.

The Slovenian has now scored five goals in nine games since moving north and McCall admits he may have to offer him a starting slot against Hearts next Sunday.

“He has stood out since I’ve come in,” he said.

“He’s fresh, he’s bright. He reminds me of big Alexei Mikhailichenko - very graceful, terrific left foot.

“He was slightly disappointed he wasn’t starting today but he understood the side played so well last at Easter Road.

“We told him we would get him on for half an hour and came to agreement that when he came on he would get some goals, so he has played his part.”

One man not on the team-sheet at all on Saturday was striker Kris Boyd.

The former Scotland hitman struck 22 goals for Kilmarnock last season but has looked well short on confidence since returning to Ibrox on Saturday.

He also sat out last week’s 2-0 win over Hibs but McCall insists there has been no fall-out.

He said: “If I’m not starting Kris or Jon Daly, I don’t feel I need both on the bench. It’s as simple as that.

“Jon came on against Alloa and made an impact so I think it would be difficult to leave him out.

“There’s not been a problem with him I promise you. Boydy’s attitude since I walked in the door has been first-class.”

Lee Makel stood in for Cowden boss Jimmy Nicholl while he was away assisting Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Finland and admitted he was to blame for Rangers’ three-goal winning margin.

He said: “I went for it a wee bit after they got the second goal and went 4-3-3.

“The last two goals were down to how I changed it the formation which was just because I wanted to get something out of the game.”