Rangers' Lee McCullloch happy to stand in up front again

McCulloch (right) put Rangers 2-1 ahead at East End Park
McCulloch (right) put Rangers 2-1 ahead at East End Park

Lee McCulloch says he is willing to be a stand-in striker again while suggesting that Daniel Cousin's arrival will boost Rangers' morale.

Veteran McCulloch was thrown up front in the 4-1 win over Dunfermline as Cousin arrived in Scotland to sign for the Glasgow side for a second time.

"It's a fresh face and it will give everybody a lift," said McCulloch, who scored Rangers' second goal.

"But, if I can get a game there, then I would like to play there and help."

Scotland international McCulloch began his career at Motherwell up front but moved into midfield after returning to the Scottish Premier League after a stint with Wigan Athletic.

And he started alongside David Healy at East End Park, with Rangers short of options following Nikica Jelavic's sale to Everton, netting his first goal of the season after his striker partner had cancelled out Andy Kirk's shock opener for the Pars.

"There can't be any people moaning about getting left out of the team or being asked to play in a different position," said 33-year-old McCulloch.

"You've just got to get on with it. The squad is quite thin, so the boys in the dressing room need to stick together.

"It's been a frustrating season for me so far. Every time I've got in the team, I've broken down with injury.

"It was a different position. It's somewhere I've played a few times."

Goals from Sone Aluko and Salim Kerkar eased Rangers, who remain four points behind leaders Celtic, to victory over the side sitting bottom of the SPL.

However, McCulloch hopes Cousin can quickly prove himself an able replacement for their departed top scorer once the necessary paperwork arrives from the Gabon Football Association to complete his return to Rangers four years after his departure for Hull City before spells with Larissa and Sapins.

"He's an all-rounder," said McCulloch when recalling the qualities of the 35-year-old striker, who is expected to train at Murray Park on Monday.

"When he was here the last time, he had everything.

"I think the feeling in the dressing-room was that he was the best all-round striker we had at that time.

"I just hope he hits the ground running. The quality is there and he's a nice guy to have around."

McCulloch thought the comeback victory in Fife would help boost morale after last weekend's Scottish Cup defeat by Dundee United.

"It helps bring confidence, especially after last week," he said.

"That result last week put us out of another cup and it could have been easy to go hiding. Losing the goal was another kick in the teeth.

"But we showed what fighters we've got and the togetherness we've got in the dressing-room."