RICHARD FOSTER was delighted to make his first start in two months as he helped Rangers to a 2-0 win over Stenhousemuir at Ochilview this afternoon.

The full-back returned to the side on the right side of defence as Sebastien Faure moved to the central area to compensate for the loss of Bilel Mohsni through suspension.

His reinstatement to the first XI came after substitute appearances earlier in the week in the away fixtures against Dunfermline and Airdrieonians.

Foster had a decent game and was involved in Nicky Law’s opening goal, playing upfield to Jon Daly for the striker to knock down to his midfield colleague.

The ex-Bristol City defender hopes he has done enough to retain his place after several weeks out injured following an awful tackle on him by Dunfermline’s Callum Morris in November.

Foster said: “It was great to be back involved. I’ve obviously been on the bench in the last few games and the manager has given me 10 or 20 minutes here and there.

“I’ve just been trying to get my fitness back and I was lucky enough with Bilel being suspended today that I got my chance.

“Hopefully the manager has me in his thoughts for the next game against East Fife and I can keep my place.”

Rangers had to show patience against the Warriors, particularly after they lost Arnold Peralta before the break when he was shown a straight red card by referee Bobby Madden.

Although they spent more than half the game a man down, the Light Blues dug deep and never looked in any real danger of being pegged back.

It took until the final minute for Law’s second strike to finish the match as a contest and that was a real boost after Gers had to sit deep at times to protect their narrow advantage.

Foster added: “You get it with teams where they’re going to be tough to break down, especially in the first half, and we found that here.

“We got the breakthrough through Nicky with a great finish and then Arnold was sent off which made it more difficult.

“In the second half though I don’t think we gave up too many chances. We defended the box relatively well and in the end it was a hard-fought victory.”

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