Shiels scores possible 'goal of season'

Published Monday, 29 October 2012
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Rangers Dean Shiels scored a candidate for goal of the season on Sunday afternoon 17 minutes into their match against Clyde.

Shiels scores possible 'goal of season'
Dean Shiels scores for Rangers against Clyde. (© PA)

A fabulous effort, Shiels was in the thick of the action throughout the game at Broadwood Stadium.

However, the Northern Ireland player was booked for his part in a confrontation that saw Clyde reduced to 10 men and was later substituted.

Rangers went on to snatch their first away win of the season with a 2-0 victory.

They now have a two point lead at the top of the Irn-Bru Third Division table.

Manager Ally McCoist believes Rangers can no longer be seen as soft touches.

Rangers were previously held on their travels by Peterhead, Berwick and Annan, and suffered a humiliating defeat at struggling Stirling Albion, as they struggled to adapt to their new surroundings.

However, McCoist feels his side are now showing the aggression and competitive nature required to come out on top in Scottish football's bottom tier.

He said: "You have to match up against the opposition and let them know that you're as much up for the competitive side of the game as they are.

"It's safe to say that every team we'll play this season will certainly be up for the game and will be competitive and aggressive, which is absolutely fair enough.

"We must be equal to that, if not stronger than that."

He added: "If I'm playing against Rangers in SFL3, one of the first questions I would ask is 'do they fancy it? Let's have a look and see if they're up for the battle'.

"The vast majority of the footballing public might think we do have better players than SFL3 but, that said, you've got to earn the right to play.

"If somebody doesn't want to let you play and is aggressive, you have to combat that. You have to face up to it and match it.

"I do not have a problem at all with the level of competition and aggression that's been shown towards our team.

"The wee problem we probably had is we've not matched up to it - and we're maybe doing that now."

According to McCoist, hard work also had a big part to play.

He said: "You can talk about the great opening goal - and it was a great goal.

"But the main reason we got the result today was because we worked our socks off.

"The one over-riding factor that should always be there is a desire to work your socks off and they got their rewards because of that."

Clyde manager Jim Duffy felt the dismissal of John Neill proved to be the turning point in the game, with Rangers leading by a single goal at the time.

Neill was red-carded after 68 minutes after picking up a second booking for the clash with Shiels.

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Comments Comments
pablo in Belfast wrote (811 days ago):
Yes Sammy, looks like they can hack it with the big boys. Celtic 2 Barcelona 1. Their position in the SPL is due to the fact that they'll win that league anyway and there's a far greater financial reward to be had by doing well in the Champions League. As opposed to The Rangers who do not have Champions League interest, nor any other European interest for that matter, yet are struggling in the 3rd division of Scottish football in the same way Celtic are struggling in the Premier division of Scottish Football. There's a bit of a difference in a lower league journeyman scoring 'goal of the season?' against Clyde and an 18 year old scoring the winner against Barcelona.
s magowan in belfast wrote (818 days ago):
Yes pablo,but can they hack it with the big boys.I doubt it,and if they find themselves in the Europa league at the end of it all,can they overcome some very good teams now playing in that competition.You only have to look at their position in the SPL,everyone thought that Celtic would be runaway leaders and the possibility of it being all over by the New Year.This has not happened and one wonders if not having Rangers to compete with has something to do with it.
pablo in Belfast wrote (819 days ago):
Celtic aren't trying to lift themselves into the big time as they're already there. Champions League, Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow etc????, ring any bells?
s magowan in belfast wrote (821 days ago):
Well lets face it,the Rangers team are made up of mostly unknown players and unlike their Glasgow rivals are striving to lift themselves back into the Big time.It will seem strange for Celtic supporters having to travel to Dundee Utd on News Years dayinstead of their usual derby against Rangers.
gb in Glasgow wrote (821 days ago):
What? Division 3 goal of the season?
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