GOAL hero Lee McCulloch was delighted that Rangers finished the turbulent 2011/12 campaign with a terrific 4-0 victory over St Johnstone.

The stand-in skipper opened the scoring for his side with his fifth goal of the season and it was the tremendous 25-yard effort which flew past Saints keeper Alan Mannus.

But after the break it turned into the Sone Aluko show and McCulloch was quick to praise his Nigerian strike partner after his stunning 17-minute hat-trick.

He said: “It’s been a bit different playing up front with wee Sone but it has been great.

“He’s come in and really helped the team, in fact I think he’s been our best player.

“So I’m pleased he got his hat-trick today, the first of his career I’ve been told, and I’m just happy we have finished the season with a good result for our fans.”

Despite the recent administration turmoil Lee, who has a year remaining on his current contract, hopes that brighter times now lie ahead with Charles Green’s consortium taking the club forward. 

He added: “That’s the hope in the dressing room, trying to keep everyone together.

“There’s a lot of stuff still to happen but Mr Green came in after the game and spoke really well.

“So we just want to get back in for pre-season, have everything tied up and hopefully we can bring in a few fresh faces.

“I’m one of the older boys so we will wait and see what happens with me.

“But it’s really important we get the younger players tied down as a few have come in this season and been brilliant.

“So we’ll just wait and see what happens in the next few months.”

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