McCoist backs duo to shine
Ally McCoist has backed Francisco Sandaza and David Templeton to play a key role for Rangers after putting their injury worries behind them.
The pair joined the Light Blues in August and both saw the first half of the season marred by injuries.
Sandaza suffered a fractured cheekbone that almost resulted in him losing an eye, while Templeton was sidelined for a number of weeks with ankle ligament damage.
The duo - who both plied their trade with top-flight clubs before opting for a switch to the Third Division - are now fit again and back in action, with McCoist expecting big things from them.
He said: "I think they've both got a big role to play.
"They are completely different players but I think they could have a big impact on the team and the squad and results coming up.
"Fran is coming back from what can only be described as a horrific facial injury and I still think it will take him a wee while to get his full confidence back as much as anything.
"It was a really bad one but he will come back and score goals - I don't have any doubts about that at all.
"Temps will do the exact same. He will create for others and he will also chip in with important goals.
"He's got a great degree of quality, which makes him a favourite with the support. I would expect big things from the two of them."
Winger Templeton claimed a double at the weekend as Rangers secured a 6-2 win at nearest rivals Elgin City to open up a nine-point gap at the summit with a game in hand.
Next up on Boxing Day is the visit of Clyde, the side who supplied Rangers with their first away win in the Third Division this season.
The Glasgow giants initially struggled to adapt to their new surroundings in Scottish football's bottom tier while on the road and McCoist feels the victory at Broadwood at the end of the October was the turning point of their campaign.
He said: "You could actually see, when we picked up the three points against Clyde away from home, that the release valve had been loosened.
"It was a monkey off the back, if you like, because we'd had three draws and a defeat up until then. Our away performances and results weren't great.
"That result - and recent results away from home - would indicate that there seems to be a greater degree of confidence and belief that we can get victories away from home.
"I think that opening away victory against Clyde was very, very important for us."
Asked what he expects when Jim Duffy's men come calling on Wednesday, McCoist added: "Clyde have been absolutely fine.
"It was pleasing to get our first away victory of the season at Clyde but they made it very difficult for us.
"Jim is a very good coach and Clyde, like all his teams, are very well-organised and well-drilled.
"I don't think there's an awful lot between any of the teams in the league. I do see one or two teams who are probably slightly better but all the teams within the league are certainly more than capable of taking points off each other.
"Clyde, again, will be very difficult opposition. At the same time, I'm really hopeful that we can continue our fine home form.
"Our home form in the league has been very pleasing in terms of the goals we are scoring and conceding so I would be really hopeful, come Boxing Day, that form can continue."