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IT'S TWICE DALY FOR JON AS LEE NEEDS BAIL OUT.

Byline: Hugh Keevins

FC Emmen .........0

Rangers..................1

Ally McCoist last night refused to make a fuss over Lee McCulloch effectively being sent off – but had plenty to say about Jon Daly's first Rangers goal.

The Ibrox gaffer was told to replace McCulloch or the player would be dismissed for elbowing Luis Pedro.

Back on came Daly who had just been subbed after scoring with a clinical finish.

The Dutch player seemed to make a meal of the clash and McCoist joked: "My assistant Kenny McDowall reckons if you scream over here you get a foul.

"But we won't be making a big deal over what happened because that would be more trouble than it's worth."

McCoist did make a big deal of Daly's strike though and added: "Jon's first touch was different class.

"He's not a kid trying to break into the team so he wouldn't have been worried about taking five friendly games to get that goal.

"Since Jon has come in he has been taking up some fantastic positions and when the rest of the players are more used to him then the goals will come."

Rangers have still to lose a goal over the course of their pre–season preparations – something that's kept the manager smiling.

Ally said: "Emmen were bright in the first half and came at us but we continue to look strong defensively.

"I don't want to get carried away because we're still in pre–season.

"But you can see there's experience and intelligence about the side and we'll keep getting better.

"Kyle McAusland was great in the middle of the park. He was at Ayr United on loan last season and we encouraged that move. He's a big, strong lad and is no slouch.

"He's ready to take his first–team chance after featuring in all of our friendly games so far."

The incident involving McCulloch was all the more surprising because the game couldn't have been a more tame affair.

The gaffer opted to reintroduce Daly to keep XI men on the pitch after the ref bent the rules to fit the non–competitive nature of the occasion.

Pity he didn't do the same earlier in the game when the Emmen keeper came two yards outside of his box to gather the ball in both arms.

Neither side made a proper chance in a lifeless first half.

But it was Daly who finally broke the deadlock four minutes after half–time.

Andy Little's cross picked out the striker and he took one touch before firing the ball in at an angle.

Little should've doubled the lead a minute later but shot into the side netting after rounding the keeper.

CAPTION(S):

LEE–VING TIME McCulloch gets threatened with red card

JON TARGET Daly opens his Gers account with a clinical left–foot strike against Emmen
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 21, 2013
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