Lee McCulloch gives Rangers boss Ally McCoist food for thought

McCulloch (second right) put Rangers into a 2-1 lead at East End Park
McCulloch (second right) put Rangers into a 2-1 lead at East End Park

Lee McCulloch impressed so much as a stand-in striker that Rangers manager Ally McCoist is contemplating teaming him up with new signing Daniel Cousin.

McCulloch scored in the 4-1 win over Dunfermline hours after fellow veteran Cousin arrived in Scotland to complete his return to the reigning champions.

"I wouldn't like to play against them, I know that," said McCoist when asked if they were a possible partnership.

"I don't know, I would need to have a think about it."

Andy Kirk fired Dunfermline into a shock lead before David Healy levelled and McCulloch grabbed his first goal of the season.

"They would certainly be two bigger centre-forwards and it would be a real physical presence in our team, but we have got options," said McCoist of the prospect of a McCulloch-Cousin strike force.

Indeed, Healy's goal was his fourth in seven games, while Sone Aluko and substitute Salim Kerkar added to the scoring at East End Park to show there are goals elsewhere in McCoist's squad.

The manager was thrilled with the contribution of McCulloch, who played as a striker earlier in his career but has most recently been deployed as a defensive midfielder.

"I thought McCulloch played that centre-forward role exceptionally well," said McCoist.

"I thought he did that job superbly, he led the line really well. His goal capped a wonderful performance.

"The boys will be asked if required to fill in in different positions because it's all about getting results and the team doing well and maintaining the challenge at the top of the league.

"Let's not forget, Lee McCulloch started his career as a centre-forward - and a pretty good one at that.

"Team results and us winning is by far the most important thing."

The win allowed Rangers to move back to within a point of SPL leaders Celtic before their city rivals restored the advantage with a 1-0 win over Inverness later in the afternoon.

"We've got a squad of players who know what it's all about and they know what's required and they know what it's going to take to hopefully retain the title," added McCoist.

"It ain't going to be easy. Celtic are on a great run of form, that is very evident.

"But we have done it before and we believe we can do it again."

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