ALLY McCOIST wants Rangers to maintain the levels they reached today against Queen’s Park in their final few fixtures of the season after rediscovering their form at Hampden.

The Light Blues were much better against the Spiders as they cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Gardner Speirs’ team.

David Templeton’s double was sandwiched by strikes from Fraser Aird and Kane Hemmings, with Lawrence Shankland’s late consolation for the hosts getting them on the scoresheet.

Having had the pressure to deliver the Third Division title removed by last week’s championship success, Gers played with more freedom and expression than they have lately.

And with four league games and a friendly with Linfield to go before the campaign ends, McCoist is looking for more of the same after a welcome upturn.

He said: “Myself, Kenny (McDowall) and Ian (Durrant) were talking before the game yesterday and we felt the boys were looking a lot better in training.

“It looked as though there was a burden lifted off their shoulders and pressure had been removed now that the title was won.

“That was evident and we were hopeful the players could go and record at a better level than they have been and they did that today.

“I’m a little bit annoyed at losing a goal at the end as I’m not sure Neil (Alexander) deserved that but we scored some great ones ourselves. It was a good performance and a great result.

“If we keep those levels up, we’ll be absolutely fine in the final few games of the season and that’s what we’re looking to do now having played well today.”

In particular, Templeton and captain Lee McCulloch linked up well in attack and the skipper also found the net only to see his attempt ruled out for offside.

Hemmings did well too when he came on as well the manager was delighted as Rangers looked more threatening than they did in their last outings against Stirling and Montrose.

McCoist added: “The forwards linked really well. Lee is very experienced, good professional and he knows how to play the game.

“He’s certainly physical enough to hold the ball up and bring other people into the match for us.

“We wanted Temps in around him in that area to pick things up which he did and he scored a couple of good goals.

“I was thrilled for Kane too because he’s a young lad who has had a tortuous time with knee injuries.

“He has just wanted to get himself fit and to get an opportunity to play. I thought he did okay in the last couple of games but I thought he was miles better when he came on today.

“We saw the potential he has. He was a lot more aggressive, he was certainly quicker latching on to things and, of course, he scored a good goal as well.

“There were a couple of other chances for him too and that’s Kane. The goal was a real release for him and he has been under a lot of pressure with his injuries.

“I know it was a special one for him, not just because it was his first but for one or two other reasons too and I was delighted for him.”

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