John Daly proved to be the hero with three second half goals after the Fifers had held The Bears to a goalless first half. The result means Rangers have a 10 out of 10 season record thus far which even in the Scottish League One is an impressive performance.
East Fife: Patterson, Dutot, Naysmith, Hughes (Tuta – 58′ ) Thom, Mbu, Stewart (Trialist – 78′ ) Brown Booked, Buchanan Booked, Johnstone Booked , McBride
Substitutes: Durie, Tuta, Austin, Stewart, Campbell, Trialist, Andrews
Rangers: Bell, Foster, Wallace (Smith – 78′ ) Black (Hutton – 71′ ) Mohsni, McCulloch, Peralta Booked, MacLeod, Daly (Little – 77′ ) Clark, Law
Substitutes: Templeton, Little, Faure, Simonsen, Smith, Crawford, Hutton
Ref: Stephen Finnie
When the stadium announcer read out changes before kick-off many Rangers fans could be forgiven for checking the list of boardroom members to see if yet another part of this ever dwindling band had gone his own way, but to their relief it only resulted in news that Lee Wallace and Arnold Peralta returned to the Rangers side after recovering from injury and illness and Nicky Clark started after his late winner at the Brechin thriller last week. There was also an absence of various fan group printed statements or a ‘meet the fans’ forum organised by any of the multi prospective new owners on the terraces which meant the Light Blue Loyalists could settle in for some football….for a couple of hours at least.
Rangers started much better than last week’s opening 10 minutes ‘no show’ and an Ian Black free-kick found Wallace and his mishit shot went to the usually deadly Bilel Mohsni, but the defender shot over.
John Daly then set up Clark but he was off-target and dragged his shot wide of the post. Then Clark had another chance to score when he headed Peralta’s free-kick straight at goalkeeper Greg Patterson.
East Fifer skipper Craig Johnstone then responded but his fine 25-yard effort dip narrowly over the crossbar. Then at the other end a portent for the second half came when Rangers had a Black goal ruled out after the lively Daly got to the ball first but had been ruled to have fouled the goalkeeper.
So the half time whistle ended a rather poor goalless first half, and also heralded the end of the first quarter of the 2013/14 season for Rangers. This must have lead to similar admonishing words as last week from Ally McCoist as the away side came out with renewed vigour.
It took four minutes for Wallace to create the first goal as his pass saw Thom’s attempted clearance turn into a deflection into his own net instead.
Then it became The Daly Show and the big centre forward scored just two minutes later when he left Paterson with no chance when heading home a Peralta free-kick.
Five minutes later The Big Irishman responded to a headed assist by Clark with a looping header into the net to make it 3-0.
Then on 66 minutes he completed his 14 minute hat-trick with a crisp finish following a Lewis Macleod cut-back and Daly stroked home.
The game was then allowed to drift to a conclusion with only East Fife pushing Cammy Bell to produce an impressive save to prevent Scott McBride getting a late consolation.
This result maintains the Ibrox Men’s 100% record but Ally McCoist will once again have things to think about after a rather lack lustre first half. That though should not mean we are churlish about this perfect start to the league season, records are soon to be tumbling and if Rangers can beat Dunfermline when they first meet then it will be a whitewash of every opponent they face this year, and as the old adage says you can only beat that which is put in front you.
So onwards and upwards, and that must be the message after the great news and celebration of Prince George’s Christening into the Protestant faith this week, a timely reminder for some of what Rangers is synonymous with…….GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.
One last thing……..SPFL sponsor watch, remember my challenge of a month ago will Rangers lose before a sponsor is found…..over to you Mr Doncaster……you Loser.