NICKY LAW may only have played for the last 17 minutes against Falkirk on Saturday, but it’s fair to say he had a major impact on the outcome of the game.
It was an incredibly hard-fought victory in the end, and Law reckons the Bairns proved to be the biggest obstacle Rangers have faced so far in the Championship.
“It was a tough game, which we knew it would be, and I think that’s the toughest league game we’ve had so far,” the Englishman admitted.
“Most teams that have played us this season have sat back, but Falkirk came and had a go and pressed us high up the pitch.
“It was different for us and it took us a little by surprise. We obviously took the lead early-on, but we couldn’t continue our good start and they came back into the game with a great strike – as good a strike as you’ll see, but we didn’t really kick on after that and Falkirk played really well, but in the end, you would have to say we got the job done and in a lot of the games our fitness tells and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we score a lot of goals late in games.
“It was a well-earned three points, and we knew the importance of winning the game and opening a gap, so overall, we were delighted.”
There has, of course, been a heavy amount of controversy surrounding the free-kick award for Rangers which led to the second goal, but Law believes the decision was a 50-50 one, and he was just relived to get the break and also see the ball end up in the back of the net.
“I’ve seen it again in the analysis meeting, and it could have gone either way,” he continued. “It’s obviously split opinion right down the middle, and you can see Falkirk’s point of view with the guy intercepting the pass, and then the momentum of both of us has made us clash and I’ve gone down.
“It’s one where we would have complained if it wasn’t given, likewise from them as it was given.
“I’m delighted though that we managed to get the goal, which was the most important thing. James works really hard on his free-kicks, particularly on a Friday where we all work on our set-pieces for a good 30 minutes, and obviously they’re paying off.”