Stuart McCall needs strikers to end dismal league goal drought

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None of Rangers' four main strikers have scored more than four Scottish Championship goals this season.

Stuart McCall’s reign as Rangers manager starts in earnest on Saturday afternoon when Livingston visit Ibrox, but if the Light Blues have any chance of success the nine-in-a-row hero needs to reignite his misfiring strikers.

Rangers currently have four main strikers in Kris Boyd, Kenny Miller, Nicky Clark and Jon Daly, none of which have scored more than four league goals this season.

In fact, their combined total for league goals scored stands at a meagre 14, and owes a lot to the teams current difficulties as they continue to falter in their efforts to win promotion, drawing their last three games.

To make matters worse, Lewis Macleod, whose last game for Rangers was 3rd December 2014 before his transfer to Brentford, has the same number of league goals as Boyd and Daly while having only one less than Miller and Clark.

Another glaring issue with this striking quartet is the time that has elapsed since they last scored in the league.

The last time they scored in the Scottish Championship

 Kris Boyd: 20th February 2015 v Raith Rovers

Jon Daly: 3rd January 2015 v Dunbarton

Kenny Miller: 8th November 2014 v Falkirk

Nick Clark: 8th November 2014 v Falkirk

Only Boyd and Daly have scored this calendar year in the league while Miller and Clark haven’t found the back of the net in just over three months. This could be down to a general lack of attacking creativity in the side but that can only count for a certain amount.

When Boyd and co saw Cowdenbeath had been destroyed 10-0 at the hands of Hearts their eyes should have lit up when they looked at the fixture list and saw they were their next opponents. But the reality was a goalless draw against a team who would have been extremely low on confidence, even lower than the Ibrox side.

Confidence shouldn't have been an issue for this Rangers front line when you consider Daly notched 18 goals in League One last season, while Boyd looked to be back to his best scoring 22 goals for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership.

But with morale at an all time low there is an expectation that one or two strikers might dip in form, but the main issue here is that none of them have had a consistent goal-scoring run to speak of, and if they are to secure promotion through the play-offs then goals are an absolute must.

McCall did the best with what he had at Motherwell and he will need to replicate that with this current crop of strikers to boost their confidence and get at least one of the four scoring goals.

Saturday's game at home to bottom of the table Livingston presents those that play out of the faltering foursome an opportunity to score a goal or two and re-establish some must needed form for themselves, the team and the new manager.

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