WHILE the praise for Rangers swashbuckling football has been widespread so far, one aspect of the team’s early success has perhaps been forgotten – their fitness.
Time and again teams have been worn down to breaking point resulting in the Light Blues nabbing a number of late goals, and that was the case once more on Saturday with Rangers winning the game in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Jason Holt may have departed the scene by that point to make way for Nicky Law, but he was still impressed with the resolve his teammates showed in order to get over the finishing line.
Speaking yesterday to RangersTV.tv, he said: “It was a difficult game, but every game we’ve had so far has been difficult. The boys had to dig in, and the two goals late-on showed our fitness levels are paying off.
“If we continue to tire teams out, then we will eventually get our rewards.”
Falkirk were probably as threatening as any team that has visited Ibrox so far this season, and Holt admitted to being impressed with both the opponents, and also the way his own team showed patience to get the all important three points.
He continued: “They were a good side. They came, pressed well and made it difficult. If we keep probing however and keep doing what we’ve been doing, then we’ll eventually get our rewards in games.
“In previous games, once we’ve got that first goal we’ve been able to go on and keep the momentum up. But it went to 1-1 on Saturday and it was important for the boys to show patience.
“The gaffer is always saying that too, and that the chances will come.
“The chances did come after we stayed patient, so we were really happy in the end.
“Saturday was a different game, but you need to win games in different ways each week. We kept digging away and our quality showed in the end.”