Ex-Rangers striker Little struggling in England - was McCoist right to release him?

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Former Rangers striker Andy Little has struggled to make an impact at Preston.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist chose to turn back time this summer, reuniting Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller in attack having previously played together at Ibrox.

Fans were glad to see the duo return, even if they are coming to the end of their careers, but they weren't so pleased that it was done at the expense of Andy Little.

Little signed for Rangers' Academy back in 2006 when he was just 17, and worked his way up through the ranks in Glasgow, eventually featuring for the first time.

The Northern Ireland international enjoyed some great times at Ibrox, scoring against Celtic in an Old Firm clash whilst also scoring 25 goals in 36 games in the Third Division, assuming the role of the hero when Rangers were in dire straits.

Yet McCoist decided to use Little primarily on the right of midfield last season, and this is where Little's versatility came back to haunt him.

A willing worker who will play in any position his manager asks, Little scored just six goals in 29 last season before McCoist chose to release him at the end of his contract.

Many Rangers fans were sad to see him leave, but the 25-year-old earned himself a promising move to League One side Preston, who were looking for support for their star striker Joe Garner.

Yet under Lilywhites boss Simon Grayson, Little has predominantly been used out on the right again rather than up front - and his impact has been minimal.

With just two goals to his name, Little hasn't impressed, and has now been sidelined for almost three months through injury.

Garner is now out until February with a knee injury, and Little needs to return to fitness to prove his worth - but so far, McCoist's unpopular decision to let him leave Ibrox appears to have been the correct one.

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