Ally McCoist calls for Rangers to be more lethal

Rangers manager Ally McCoist
McCoist's Rangers have conceded only three goals in the league this term

Rangers may have moved nine points clear of Motherwell at the top of the table but Ally McCoist wants his players to be more clinical.

Kyle Lafferty's goal gave Rangers a 1-0 win at Ibrox but that had looked in question thanks to Hibs' keeper Graham Stack and some slack Rangers finishing.

"We should have scored more goals," said McCoist after the match.

"My only complaint in recent weeks is that we haven't killed teams off and taken a lot more of our chances."

It has been a profitable week for Rangers with the fixture list giving the reigning Scottish Premier League champions the chance to move 10 points clear of their main title rivals, Celtic - who play Hearts away on Sunday, and nine clear of second-placed Motherwell.

And although the Ibrox boss would have preferred to have seen his team secure the points earlier against Kilmarnock on Tuesday and Hibs on Saturday, McCoist was nonetheless grateful to have presented his opponents with a challenge to match their feats.

He said: "It's a really early stage in the season but [the win over Hibs] gave us a very valuable three points. There are miles to go.

"You want to win your games and ask questions of the opposition and that's what we've done. It has been a good week.

"Our league results have been good, we've been pleased with them."

Despite exits from European competition and the Scottish Communities League Cup, Rangers have amassed 28 points from a possible 30 in the SPL, having conceded only three goals.

Against Hibs, the Easter Road side making tentative steps towards a recovery under Colin Calderwood, Steven Whittaker missed a 45th-minute penalty and Nikica Jelavic, Gregg Wylde and Lafferty found Stack a formidable opponent.

McCoist added: "I said to them at half-time, 'We've missed a penalty and three or four chances. Do we sit here and feel sorry for ourselves or do we go out and get a goal?'

"It's a no-brainer. You've got to put yourself in the position to score again and they did that and we got our rewards.

"Against Killie and today we had three or four really good chances. But I am thrilled at the three points. I felt we were deserved winners.

"We have good boys up front and the return is good. Jelavic is more than capable of scoring goals at the top level and Lafferty as well.

"They keep going and I know more than anybody that you'll go through periods when you don't take your chances."