Rangers boss Stuart McCall demands further improvement

Rangers' Haris Vuckic celebrates his goal
Rangers' Haris Vuckic celebrates his goal

Rangers boss Stuart McCall has demanded an improvement from his players despite notching up a 4-0 win over Raith Rovers.

Goals from Nicky Clark and Haris Vuckic - as well as a double from Nicky Law - secured a comfortable victory at Ibrox.

Next up for Rangers is Wednesday’s clash with Scottish Championship bottom side Livingston.

And McCall feels his players will have to step up another gear to pick up another win.

He said: “There is no singing and dancing. We have done okay but we will need to be better and we can be better.

“There were some nice goals but I thought we were sloppy at times.

“It was pleasing in a lot of senses - there were some nice goals, some decent football and a clean sheet - but I know Wednesday night will be a different challenge.

“Livingston are flying and we will need to be ready and we will need to be better than we were against Raith.”

Rangers and Hibernian sit level on points, with both sides hoping to join champions Hearts in the top flight next season.

The Light Blues have a game in hand but Hibs boast better goal difference and McCall believes they should have been even more clinical against Raith.

He added: “We had a couple of chances in the second half.

“It’s probably being a bit disrespectful to Raith Rovers but I would have liked us to have been a bit more decisive.

“We were a bit sloppy with the final pass a couple of times and we could - and should - have scored more goals.”

Meanwhile, McCall expects Shane Ferguson - who signed on loan from Newcastle but has been injured and not yet played for Rangers - to report for training on Monday.

He said: “He will be in training tomorrow. He was supposed to be here on Friday but had a bit of a sickness bug.

“I’ll sit down with Shane and see where he is. I’ll have a chat with him and see what level he is at, although I won’t expect too much too early.”

Raith boss Grant Murray said: “We knew they would come at us after losing on Thursday and we knew it would be difficult.

“It is difficult coming to places like this and you have got to stand up and have the right mentality.

“But going a goal down so early put us on the back foot.”

‘Man-of-the-Match against Raith Rovers was young midfielder Andy Murdoch who was modest enough to question the merits of the award.

“I was a bit surprised that Nicky Law maybe didn’t get Man-of-the-Match because he scored two goals - he’s been giving me a bit of stick about it,” he said.

“It was a good result and it was great for us to get the four goals. I think that I did OK in today’s game but could have probably done better in the second-half.

“I’ve managed to get a run in the side in recent weeks and I just need to keep that momentum going for as long as I can. It’s good to have experienced players around me.”