HARRY FORRESTER was delighted to walk off the Ibrox turf on Saturday with three points secured and he admits there was also a sense of relief in the home dressing room.

After a four-game winless streak in the top flight, the Light Blues enjoyed a 2-0 victory over a determined Partick Thistle side who were just as hungry for points to get them off the bottom of the Premiership table.

Excellent first-half goals from Niko Kranjcar and Andy Halliday ensured that didn’t happen and Forrester hopes the morale-boosting result can help kickstart Rangers’ season.

There is, of course, plenty of room for improvement but Harry insists the weekend’s display against the Jags was another step in the right direction.

Speaking at the Rangers Training Centre in Auchenhowie yesterday, he said: “Obviously it’s a winning industry, we know that, and in recent weeks we have been better.

“But the results haven’t gone our way and it was a sickening blow up at Aberdeen; it wasn’t a foul and then the boy puts it in the bin from 30 yards.

“It wasn’t the best performance [against Partick Thistle] but the main thing was to get three points and get a bit of confidence back in the building.

We were dominating games and there have been good displays defensively of late, but we’re putting pressure on the defence by not converting the chances we are making, because we are making a lot of chances.

“After Niko’s goal it sort of calmed everybody down and then Andy scored with a great finish.

“That’s what the gaffer has been calling out for, just to take a bit of care in the final third because that is the hardest part of the game – that’s why you win or lose football matches.

“We know what we’ve got inside [that dressing room], that is the frustrating thing.

“I think we all know what we’ve got, we work hard day in, day out, every single one of us, and to not be getting your rewards on a Saturday, you’re then getting pressure, you’re getting comments here, there and everywhere, but we are trying.

“To get the reward on Saturday was a bit of a relief and we’ve got to go again against Inverness.”


Harry, who has made 13 appearances this season and scored two goals against Dundee and Motherwell in August, has been impressed by the standard of teams Rangers have faced in the country’s top division but he feels his side will win a lot more games than they will lose if they can start taking their chances in front of goal.

He added: “The level has increased and the opposition are better players evidently, but I think we are still controlling football games.

“We still go out and we’re still the dominant team and the team looking to create and looking to score.

“It’s similar to last year in that people come to Ibrox and play on the counter more often than not.

 “We’ve just got to be a bit more clinical in front of goal because we are not getting as many chances as last year.

“Last year we were creating loads and loads of chances and we were putting four or five away regularly.

“This year you only get five or six chances and you’ve got to make them count.”

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