Ally McCoist was left extremely impressed by Rangers attacker Florian Kamberi after his European display on Wednesday.
The Albanian centre-forward started in the 1-0 away win against Braga, which secured a 4-2 aggregate victory over the two legs in the Europa League Round of 32 tie.
Steven Gerrard’s side booked their spot in the last-16 with an impressive display in Portugal, with Ryan Kent tucking in a left-footed finish in the second-half.
The Gers were extremely resilient in defence to keep a clean sheet, while going forward there were plenty of goalscoring chances that they were created.
Rangers were without first-choice striker Alfredo Morelos through suspension, but that didn’t show too much on the pitch.
Kamberi ran his socks into the ground before being substituted off in the 78th minute and he applied real pressure on the Braga defence.
The 24-year-old did see one decent opportunity in front of goal saved by the goalkeeper, but he did the hard yards and looked a threat.
McCoist hailed him for his overall display, but admitted one area of his game that frustrates him is getting caught offside too often and that was the case against Braga.
“I thought he was excellent. I would love to work with him in terms of running offside, he was frustrating me. He doesn’t need to go offside because he’s got the pace,” McCoist told BT Sport3 (7:10pm, 27 February).
“He did a great job tonight. He got Rangers up the park. Created a couple of chances was a handful.”
Kamberi only moved to Ibrox in January on loan from Hibernian, but he’s made a decent start to life as a Rangers player and turned up against Braga.
With senior striker Jermain Defoe currently sidelined through injury, Gerrard’s team needed another option in attack to support Morelos and they have found a great solution to that in Kamberi.
It was plain to see that he needs to be far more intelligent with his runs in behind, but that will come with more experience and he does at least have decent pace to threaten defenders.
He is not going to be a regular starter in the second half of the campaign, but can certainly make a big impact in matches when he features and he now has an impressive European outing under his belt.