Nicky Clark explains why he has 'changed' under new manager Stuart McCall

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Rangers striker Nicky Clark believes he has changed under Stuart McCall's management.

Rangers striker Nicky Clark has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he has 'changed' under new manager Stuart McCall.

Clark, 23, started his career with Rangers at the age of 12, but left at 15 to join Aberdeen. After spells with Peterhead and Queen of the South, Clark found his way back to Ibrox in 2013 after 41 goals in the 2012-13 season.

In Scottish League One last season, Clark hit nine goals in 23 games, but was deemed to be a backup to experienced duo Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller before the start of the season.

Yet under the leadership of McCall, Clark has become a regular alongside Miller in attack, and has now scored four goals in seven games under the new manager following his goal against Raith Rovers on Sunday.

The fine form of Clark has been a big boost for Rangers in front of goal, and the striker has now told the Glasgow Evening Times that he has felt a change under McCall, putting it down to the regular run of starts since he replaced Kenny McDowall as manager.

"The manager didn't speak to me personally when he came in, but I liked what he was saying and the ideas he put across and I think you can see on the pitch the impact he is making," said Clark.

"I do feel a change in myself compared to other stages of the season and I think that comes from playing a lot more games. At the start of the season I was in and out of the side a lot and I want to stay in now and keep progressing."

"When you aren't playing the confidence takes a bit of a hit, so you have to keep yourself going and train hard and keep your head right and show the manager you are ready to get into the team," he added.

McCall has already put his faith in youth over experience, giving first team opportunities to the likes of Robbie Crawford, Andy Murdoch and Tom Walsh, and Clark is the latest.

With a play-off campaign on the horizon, McCall will be hoping that his magic with Clark in the coming weeks to try and fire Rangers back to the top flight of Scottish football.

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