Back To The Good Old Days
Updated Thursday, 27th December 2012
Rangers are hitting their stride in the Third Division and want to build on that foundation.
Ally McCoist played in an era when Ibrox was a place to be feared by the opposition. He wants that sort of fear to return to sides heading to the Rangers home ground after watching his side secure a 3-0 home win over Clyde. Rangers have now a 12-point gap on Elgin City at the top of the Third Division after their ninth in a row. Rangers took their time to adapt to life in Scottish football's bottom tier but McCoist believes the confidence is back again.
He said: "Keeping the momentum is really important because I think it has an effect on the opposition as well. That's something we want to get back at Ibrox, we want teams to fear coming here and think there's the potential to get on the wrong end of a really poor result. I can see the boys beginning to grow in confidence. It's certainly not the best we've played this season but with victories comes a greater degree of confidence. That adds to the strength of the team and I feel that's the case at the moment."
David Templeton, who joined Rangers from Hearts on transfer deadline day, was on hand to score one of the goals and has impressed since making a return from ankle ligament damage. McCoist believes the winger has the potential to become a fans' favourite like Rangers players of the past. He said: "He's still got a long way to go. He's rightly getting a lot of praise at the moment and he's coming good. Remember, he had an eight or nine week rest after the ankle injury at Annan and, to be fair, he is paying us back all right at the moment. I think you can see the relationship he is forming with the support, which will be very important to him. The supporters have always had somebody like that, whether it was a Davie Cooper or a Brian Laudrup or a Paul Gascoigne. They always had somebody who was a bit special to them and I think Temps has got the potential to be that kind of person."
Clyde manager Jim Duffy said: "We were up against a far superior side, there is no question about that. They have quality in all areas. They are at a different level from anyone in the Third Division. You've got to accept, if you're up against that level you've just got to work hard and be disciplined and organised and, for the large part, I think we were. It took exceptional goals to beat us."