Rangers 3-0 Kilmarnock: McCoist buoyed by Kris Boyd Cup strike

Kris Boyd scored his ninth goal of the season in a comfortable Rangers victory
Kris Boyd scored his ninth goal of the season in a comfortable Rangers victory

Rangers manager Ally McCoist hopes Kris Boyd can rediscover his best form after netting as a substitute in the Scottish Cup win over Kilmarnock.

The striker made it 2-0 just minutes after coming off the bench, with Nicky Law firing in a double at Ibrox.

It was Boyd's 15th goal in 16 games against his former club.

"We felt big Jon Daly was terrific leading the line for us last week and we decided not to change it," explained McCoist.

"It's fortunate that we can bring in the goal-scoring threat of Boydy.

Highlights - Rangers 3-0 Kilmarnock
Nicky Law was on target twice against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup tie

"It's strange how football works - he's on the park a minute and a half against the team he scored 22 goals for last season and he scores. Sometimes these things are meant to be.

"You are always tempted to start Boydy. He is capable of scoring goals against anybody. It would be crazy of me to say you are not tempted to play him.

"But we just felt that him coming on a little bit fresher, having taken him out of it again, might be what he needs. He might benefit from it. From Boydy's point of view, introducing him later on in the game might help him.

"The way it turned out, Jon and Kenny Miller were working the defenders really hard. So when Boydy comes on later, maybe the defenders are just not so sharp as they were at the start of the game.

"I hope he can kick on from that. It was a good finish from him and you could feel everyone's relief and delight for him.

"We've played Inverness and St Johnstone and it was another tough game against a team from the top flight and we knew it would take a good performance for us to win it and that's what the boys gave us.

"I'd settle for that standard throughout the team and there were some very good individual performances within that. But I'd settle for that team performance week in, week out."

Kilmarnock have lost five matches on the trot
Kilmarnock were swept aside by Rangers, offering little by way of resistance

Kilmarnock failed to test home goalkeeper Steven Simonsen even once as they fell to a fifth consecutive defeat.

"We didn't play to our potential," said manager Allan Johnston.

"We never closed them down quickly enough, we let them get behind the ball, we passed the ball well but without actually creating any chances, it was all just square or backwards passes.

"We've got to be a lot more positive. It's worrying, especially when we're losing goals in the manner we are just now.

"We've got to be harder to beat. We're losing the first goal and seem to be chasing games. We've got to stay in games, we can't afford to open up and be easy to counter on."

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