McCulloch aiming to join 100 club

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Lee McCulloch is one shy of a century of goals ahead of Rangers' home clash with Elgin
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Lee McCulloch is one shy of a century of goals ahead of Rangers' home clash with Elgin

Reborn striker Lee McCulloch is hoping to claim his 100th career goal this weekend when Rangers play host to Elgin in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

The utility man bagged a double in Thursday night's 3-0 win over Falkirk in the Scottish Communities League Cup to bring his tally for the season to six goals in seven games.

Having played as a forward earlier in his career, McCulloch has been asked to lead the line for the Light Blues a number of times this term and has delivered the goods so far. He has refused to set himself any targets for the season, other than admitting he would like to reach a milestone by hitting his century sooner rather than later.

McCulloch said: "I've said from the start that I don't think I'll get 20 goals this season. I was delighted to get another two and that's me on 99 career goals now - so one more to go until the big 100. I don't tend to set targets.

"At the end of game I went back to midfield and at the weekend I played in midfield so it's hard to set yourself targets if you're going to be playing in different positions."

The win over the Bairns was a major improvement following a lacklustre 1-1 draw at Berwick last Sunday. McCulloch said: "At the weekend, we just couldn't get going. I don't know what was wrong with us to be honest.

"Last night I thought we did really well, scored some good goals and had a lot of chances. As a team, we played really well. There was a bit of pressure on us against Falkirk to come out and play and we seem to have done well. To progress to the next round is massive for us but I think the main thing for us was confidence."

Boss Ally McCoist admitted to concerns over the Jekyll and Hyde nature of Rangers' performances this season, as they continue to impress at Ibrox while struggling on the road.

He said: "It's a little bit worrying. The games away from home have been very much the same. They have been very competitive, whether it's been Brechin, Peterhead, Falkirk or Berwick. The biggest disappointment for me is the way we performed at the weekend.

"We know what type of game we are going to get away from home so we should be ready for that but we will have to play a lot better."

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