Gers get by with a Little help

  • Last Updated: August 22 2012, 7:57 BST

Rangers manager Ally McCoist paid tribute to "all-action" striker Andy Little after he claimed his sixth goal of the season on Tuesday night.

Andy Little: On target again for Rangers

Andrew Little

19. Andrew Little

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The Northern Irishman grabbed the only goal of the game to earn a 1-0 win over holders Falkirk in the second round of the Ramsdens Cup.

Little also found the back of the net in the first round at Brechin, before snatching a late equaliser at Peterhead and celebrating his first hat-trick against East Stirling at the weekend.

Rangers' record goalscorer McCoist said: "Andy is very direct. The first thing he does when he gets the ball is he wants to get a shot away at goal.

"He could probably have had another one in the second half.

"That's Andy, he's always involved in the thick of the action - scoring goals, taking chances, missing chances.

"He's all action and I'm delighted for Andy again."

McCoist was also happy with the contribution of Brazilian defender Emilson Cribari, who made his first start at the Falkirk Stadium following his debut from the bench against the Shire on Saturday.

The manager said: "I thought he came through it well.

"You always wonder how players will handle situations coming to places where the tempo is very, very high.

"I thought he handled it particularly well and I was very pleased with him."

The hard-fought win allowed Rangers to take their revenge on a Falkirk side who dumped them out of the Scottish Communities League Cup last season - with both sides set to meet in that competition again at Ibrox next week.

McCoist said: "We are going to get games like this one, we've been saying that for weeks.

"No matter where we go, we are going to get opposition who are playing in a cup final. It's not a criticism because that's what it is for them.

"They are going to be right up for it and there's going to be no shortage of effort and, indeed, football. Falkirk knocked the ball about well."

Falkirk boss Steven Pressley, who as a player began his career at Rangers, said: "I'm disappointed for the players, I thought they were terrific.

"We applied all the principles that we work towards and we showed composure and belief in our passing game.

"The only disappointment was that we flashed a lot of balls across the face of the goal and didn't really manage to work the goalkeeper.

"But I was proud of the players."