GARY McALLISTER left Dingwall ‘delighted’ this afternoon as Rangers returned to winning ways with a 1-0 defeat of Ross County.

The assistant boss watched on as Ryan Kent’s strike with 13 minutes left proved to be the difference to set the Light Blues up for a mouth-watering week – starting with Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League on Thursday.

Read a summary of what McAllister had to say to RangersTV below…

 

On how pleased he was with returning to winning ways…

“We’re delighted. I don’t think any of us envisaged us coming here and getting on this pitch and playing some nice, pretty patterns – it was going to be tough.

“There has been a little bit of criticism flying around and the pressure was on our players to come here and get three points – so first and foremost we are happy with the three points.”

 

On the winning goal from Ryan Kent, while it took a deflection, if that was the bit of luck Rangers have been looking for…

“Absolutely – but you do make your own luck. But, just the responsibility of taking the shot on rather than looking to lay it off or play a one-two – just having that bravery to go and make a strike, you get your reward, you get your little ricochet.

“That’s probably what we needed. I thought we were in control for most of the game, and I thought first-half, some of the football was good but, again, it was just that last little bit and the final little bit of quality at the end just maybe wasn’t there.

“But the boys passed it pretty well at times – we stayed together, kept a clean sheet and gone away from home and got the three points.”

 

The message to the players at half-time after dominating play and possession…

“They were very narrow and very deep, so we were getting a bit of joy in the wider areas and we were trying to get two v ones in that area of the pitch.

“So it was very-much the message of keeping doing what we were doing – maybe just lifting up the speed with a wee bit more intensity in our play, and we just keep persevering and got our reward.”

 

The importance of the victory ahead of the Bayer Leverkusen tie on Thursday…

“I think it is a big victory as it gives us a wee jolt of confidence as confidence has been a wee bit low, which is expected when the results haven’t gone our way recently.

“So it is a boost and these games, they are massive games. We have a couple of massive games at Ibrox and then we travel away.

“So it is a great week to be a Rangers player, I feel.”

 

How much the club are relishing the challenge of Leverkusen…

“It’s a challenge we are most definitely looking forward to. I think we have proven we can stand toe-to-toe with some good teams and we should use that and use that as a confidence boost.

“But the games are fantastic – Ibrox will be jumping, the atmosphere will be fantastic and the competition for places – it’s hotting up.”

 

And a word for the fans who were there in massive numbers so early on a Sunday…

“It’s four hours up from Glasgow and we have fans who come from further south than Glasgow – it’s fantastic.

“The away fans and the fans at home – we can’t fault the fans. Their support has always been there and it’s a wee bit special when you jump in the car and you’ve got to make that journey for a 12 o’clock kick-off – hats off to them.”

 

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