After an even first half in which both teams created chances the Light Blues dominated the second period and were rewarded when Daly netted his first goal for his new club.

Andy Little produced an excellent cross from the left wing and the towering striker flicked the ball past his marker with a clever touch before sweeping a fine left foot drive across Emmen’s keeper and into the net.

The result at the final whistle means Ally McCoist’s squad have won all five of their summer friendlies and recorded five clean sheets with one more game, against Sheffield Wednesday, to come before the competitive matches begin against Albion Rovers on July 28.

The manager made five changes to his team for kick-off albeit Richard Foster, Belil Mohsni, Emilson Cribari and Lee Wallace remained at the back in front of Cammy Bell.

In midfield 20-year-old Kyle McAusland was utilised in the holding midfield role as part of a 4-1-3-2 formation with Arnold Peralta, Nicky Law and Lewis Macleod in front of him.

Little and Daly were named as the two strikers but there was plenty of talent on the Gers bench for McCoist to call upon and he made several changes, as expected, in the second half.

After a week of hard work at the Klosterpforte Hotel in Marienfeld, Germany with temperatures soaring into the thirties the conditions were cooler in the Unive Stadium with a nice breeze helping the Rangers stars.

The 8,500-capacity rural venue was rather empty as the action got underway but amongst the supporters was former Ibrox striker Michael Mols who welcomed the team as they went out to inspect the playing surface.

With Rangers wearing their stunning new all-back Puma kit it was the home side that produced an excellent early move with just four minutes on the clock.

Right back Said Bakkati’s 50 yard pass found left winger Quenten Martinus on the opposite side of the pitch. His low first-time cross was met by Leandro Resida who brought out a fine save from Bell.

On 10 minutes strong play down the left channel from Little took him through on goal but after Emmen’s keeper had palmed away his shot Macleod was unable to net the rebound as the ball fell to him 18 yards out.

Emmen, like Gutersloh on Wednesday night, were impressive going forward with wingers Martinus and Resida running at Foster and Wallace with plenty of pace and trickery.

Once again Mohsni impressed throughout this match and on the half hour mark he showed his strength with a crunching 50/50 challenge on Alexander Bannick who appeared to stand on the French-Tunisian’s leg as he attempted to get up from the turf. He reacted well though and despite looking at the referee while pointing to his thigh the game restarted with no bookings dished out.

On 33 minutes a long range effort from Peralta was held by Peter van der Vlag as Rangers started to exert sustained pressure on Emmen’s for the first time.

Daly was winning every header in attack and with seven minutes of the first half remaining a deep delivery from McAusland found the big striker but his downward header was easily gathered by the keeper.

The match remained goalless at the break but before the ref’s half-time whistle Macleod’s left foot drive brought out another good save from Emmen’s number one and club captain.

McCoist made one change for the restart with Sebastien Faure replacing Cribari and the visitors took the lead on 49 minutes with Daly’s cracking turn and finish. They should, however, doubled their advantage just two minutes later.

Foster’s quick free kick found Little and the Ulsterman rounded the keeper but could only hit the side netting.

It was far better now from the Light Blues as they showed more urgency in the last third which says a lot about the fitness levels achieved this pre-season.

Crawford, McCulloch and Clark were introduced on the hour mark as Rangers looked to add to their lead and Fraser Aird and Steven Smith also got a taste of the action late on.

The match ended with Daly wearing the captain’s armband which was a nice touch after he had enjoyed his first goal for the club.

RANGERS: Bell; Foster, Mohsni, Cribari (Faure 46), Wallace (S. Smith 81); McAusland; Law, Macleod (Aird 76), Peralta (Crawford 60); Daly (McCulloch 60), Little (Clark 60)

Subs Not Used: Gallacher, Gasparotto, Black

{module Article Footer Generic}

Article Copyright © 2016. Permission to use quotations from this article online is only granted subject to appropriate source credit and hyperlink to