Scottish Premier League: Rangers Score 4 Unanswered in Victory

Alex GuyCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2012

Veteran Lee McCulloch could surprisingly compete with newly-signed Daniel Cousin
Veteran Lee McCulloch could surprisingly compete with newly-signed Daniel CousinMatthew Lewis/Getty Images

Saturday's match against Dunfermline began in disturbing fashion for Rangers. After Andy Kirk's strike in the 16th minute, Rangers found themselves down 1-0 to the home side.

Having already had two goal scoring chances denied, one by the post and another on a penalty, the Pars appeared poised for a special performance against Rangers. Rooted at the bottom of the SPL standings, Dunfermline had not not won a league match at home all season. 

Luckily for the second-place Rangers, Dunfermline is still searching for that victory.

After David Healy drew Rangers level, the Glasgow team scored three more goals to coast to a 4-1 win. This result was just the right medicine for a reeling Rangers side aiming to keep SPL-leading Celtic within striking distance.

There was no letdown for Rangers after Healy's 24th-minute equalizer. Slotted at striker for the first time since his early career, Lee McCulloch put Rangers up 2-1 just before halftime. Sone Aluko put the visitors up two goals with his 71st minute goal and Salim Kerkar secured the victory with a late strike. 

Rangers' scoring barrage at Dunfermline caps off a week that saw manager Ally McCoist look for attack help in the form of Gabon international Daniel Cousin. Although Cousin did not participate in Saturday's fixture, he appears ready to contribute immediately.

Arriving in Scotland on Saturday morning, Cousin greeted the press with optimism and enthusiasm. Cousin, who played for the Ibrox side in 2008, stated his desire to return to top form for Rangers in his return to the SPL.

"I'm very happy to be back," he told reporters at Glasgow Airport. "I love Scotland and Glasgow. "I am happy to be back here and want to play well for Rangers."

Although McCoist sought Cousin's services to bolster a depleted front line after the departure of Nikica Jelavic for Everton, Saturday's performance shows that the 35-year-old could face competition in his Ibrox return. 

Rangers continue their pursuit of Celtic next Saturday at home against Kilmarnock, while Dunfermline look to earn their first SPL home win against Inverness.