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Rangers forward Nicky Clark on the message Mark Warburton gave him at half-time against Livingston

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The former Queen of the South man reminded Gers fans of his quality last night.

Nicky Clark has revealed the message Mark Warburton gave to him before his match-winning second half performance last night.

The 24-year old has had to put up with a bit-part role this season due to the form of the Gers frontmen, but he took his chance with an excellent goal to send Rangers into the Petrofac Cup semi-final.

“He (Warburton) told me to go out and have an impact, make good runs and if I got a chance then to take it, and fortunately enough I managed to do that,” said Clark, in an interview with Rangers TV.

“You need competition for places here, and the boys who have been playing have been great, but I feel as if I did well when I came on so hopefully I can get a sniff on Sunday.”

Clark’s 30-yard strike finally broke the deadlock against a determined Livingston side but his prospects of forcing his way into Warburton’s first-team still look slim.

Martyn Waghorn, Nathan Oduwa and Barrie McKay represent Warburton’s preferred front three at present, and with a 100% win record in the Championship, there is little incentive to make a change.

Clark’s goal and all-round performance will have done no harm however, and his display is vindication of the Gers manager’s insistence that he has quality across his squad to call upon.

The Rangers squad is head and shoulders above their Championship rivals and now has the depth to compete on several fronts – a situation long overdue at Ibrox.

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