Sone Aluko eyes more Rangers goals
Sone Aluko has urged more of his team-mates to share in the goalscoring after hitting the net for the first time with new employers Rangers.
The Scottish champions are bracing themselves for a January bid for Nikica Jelavic, who has been joined on the treatment table by Kyle Lafferty.
"We have to share the goalscoring," Aluko told Rangers' website after the 3-0 win over third-top Motherwell.
"We can't just rely on three players to see you through the season."
Monday's victory lifted spirits at Ibrox after a poor run of form culminated with Celtic taking over at the top of the Scottish Premier League.
David Healy started for the first time this season, up front along with Lafferty as a replacement for Jelavic, and responded by scoring the opener before setting up Aluko.
"We all have to chip in and try to get on the scoresheet, but I think the team will handle that and it's part of playing for Rangers and having that pressure on you," said the midfielder.
"We had two big players missing with Jelavic struggling with his groin and losing Laff at the start of the game was a big blow.
"A lot of teams might have thought this would be their day to get a good result against us, but we played very well.
"People have said that we don't have the strength in depth that other sides such as Celtic have, but the boys that came in on Monday showed what they can do.
"David Healy took his goal really well and John Fleck had a good game, so there were a lot of positives to take from the 90 minutes."
Aluko's goal was his first since scoring for Aberdeen in a 5-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Pittodrie in February.
"I was really happy as I hadn't scored for a long time," he said. "There were periods when I wondered when my next goal was going to come along.
"So there was definitely a bit of relief when I saw the ball hit the net and I would have to say it was one of the nicest goals I have scored in my career as well.
"I always try to score goals as well as create them and I enjoy doing both, but you can't beat the feeling of getting a goal yourself."
Jelavic has been quoted in a newspaper back in his Croatian homeland as saying he was flattered by reported interest from Liverpool but admitted that he did not know if there was any truth to the story.
Northern Ireland international Healy, meanwhile, is determined to prove he can be an able deputy at the age of 32 should Jelavic depart.
"You've always got something to prove," he said. "People will say the old one that I've had for years - 'He's scored goals at international level, but hasn't scored enough at club level'.
"I've still got time to do that - and hopefully for this great football club.
"I'm sure in the January window we will be linked with quite a few strikers.
"It's up to me when I get a chance to do what I did today and score goals and win games."