ALLY McCOIST admits his back-up strikers are doing a fine job of pushing for places in his starting XI after impressing as substitutes recently.

Jon Daly made a good impact after coming on against Falkirk on Saturday and set up Lewis Macleod’s goal which made it 2-0.

He has also looked sharp in other outings against the likes of St Johnstone and Raith Rovers, who he scored twice against in a 6-1 victory last month.

Nicky Clark, meanwhile, took his goals tally for the season to four with the clincher in the 4-0 success against the Bairns four days ago.

He has also looked sharp and was unfortunate to drop out of the side when Kenny Miller returned to fitness last month.

Miller and Kris Boyd have both scored themselves lately, netting five times between them in the last seven fixtures.

McCoist is happy those waiting in reserve are pressing hard for inclusion should either of the attackers currently getting the nod fall out of favour.

The manager will be looking for Gers to extend their current winning run to nine games on Saturday with a handsome victory when they face Alloa at Ibrox.

He knows he has plenty to think about when he considers who he should select up front for that fixture.

McCoist said: “Big Jon has been terrific when he has come on. He got a couple of goals against Raith Rovers and every time he has come on he’s looked a threat.

“He hit the post against St Johnstone and he nearly scored with his first touch the other night when he came on as well.

“That’s the exact reaction we want when players are substitutes. We had a chat with Nicky during the week and he’s another who is doing really well off the bench.

“The two lads are doing very, very well and they are certainly giving myself, Kenny and Ian a nice headache in terms of team selection.”

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