Published Monday, 29 October 2012
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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