McCall highlights two areas in which Rangers still need to improve

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Stuart McCall is keen to see Rangers improve their finishing and their defending.

The Gers overcame Dumbarton 3-1 to all-but secure their second-placed finish, but head coach Stuart McCall has told the Evening Times that he is keen to see two areas of play improve.

The former midfielder said: “We started the game well but didn't take our chances and it was sloppy defending at the back post which gave them the opening goal. We should have been in front at half-time and it wasn't because we were tense or nervous.”

Dumbarton took the lead inside the opening minutes, with Mark Wilson capitalising upon some sloppy defending to hit a powerful strike into the far corner. It was a poor goal to concede, as an attempted header was not cleared properly, and it did show a weakness in the back-line.

Whether that was due to nerves is impossible to tell, but it was certainly a surprising goal to give away considering Rangers are usually very secure at the back.

Before taking the lead through Ryan Hardie, the Light Blues were dominating the game, but could not take advantage due to a number of missed chances. Over the course of the game they registered 22 shots, but only nine were on target - and only three were converted.

Even Hardie’s first-goal was almost missed after the finish he played under the onrushing ‘keeper was almost cleared off the line.

It was a resounding victory after that, and McCall’s men never truly looked threatened, but the need to find a reliable finisher has certainly become more evident - even if Hardie does start to take that mantle - especially if the defensive solidity starts to become undone.

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