Rangers manager coy on Sandaza as he praises Jelavic

Rangers players celebrating
Jelavic (far left) score twice as Rangers beat St Johnstone

Rangers manager Ally McCoist said his side "thoroughly deserved" their victory at St Johnstone and highlighted the importance of Nikica Jelavic.

The Croatian striker scored both of Rangers' goals in the 2-1 win in Perth.

"He's a strong boy and leads the line well, which is very important," said McCoist, who was unwilling to discuss transfer target Francisco Sandaza.

"He always chips in with his goals but his performances are very, very important and vital to us."

Sandaza, who has turned down a pre-contract offer to sign for Rangers in the summer, played a largely subdued 90 minutes for Saints and McCoist said: "I don't want to talk about that today.

"I just want to talk about the game. That's for another day."

St Johnstone were unhappy with the manner with which Rangers opened the scoring, Steven Davis taking a quick free-kick to Sone Aluko, who eventually set up Jelavic to score.

But McCoist insisted there was nothing wrong with the position from which Davis began the move.

"I thought Steve Davis was absolutely spot on, well within his rights," said the manager.

"The infringement was against us remember so if there's any advantage to be played, it should be to us.

"We took a quick free-kick, got the ball to Aluko and it was a great goal."