Dean Shiels: I had to prove Rangers team-mates wrong against Queen of the South

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Rangers midfielder Dean Shiels was desperate to prove he could score with his head against Queen of the South.

Rangers midfielder Dean Shiels has told the club's official website that he was glad to have scored the winning goal against Queen of the South on Saturday.

Rangers travelled to Dumfries on Saturday evening to take on Queen of the South in the first leg of their play-off clash, knowing that a win would push them one step closer to facing Hibernian in the next round.

Despite losing 3-0 at Palmerston last month, Rangers threw down a marker by winning 2-1 away from home in a hard-fought game.

Steven Smith gave Rangers the lead on the stroke of half time with a free kick, before Derek Lyle equalised for Queen of the South in the second half.

Rangers clinched the win in the second half though, with Shiels heading the ball home from close range after good work from Haris Vuckic and Richard Foster.

Rangers will face Queen of the South at Ibrox next week to determine who goes through to the next round, with Stuart McCall's men in the driving seat after their 2-1 victory.

Match-winner Shiels spoke to the club's official website after the game, with the Northern Irish international admitting that he wanted to prove his team-mates wrong, having been told that he doesn't score enough headed goals!

"Obviously every goal is important when you are in these play-offs and they are hard to come by," said Shiels. "I got into the box and it was a great cross from Fozzy. I then managed to direct in into the net."

"I actually scored one like that in training yesterday and the lads were giving me a bit of stick about it. They keep saying I don’t head the ball enough so I had to show them it wasn’t a fluke! Obviously it was really pleasing to see it go in and it gave us a really good victory," he added.

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