By James Black

Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has admitted he was surprised by Rangers’ win over St. Johnston on Friday night – revealing he didn’t expect the Gers to win so convincingly.

The Light Blues eased past Saints through a double from Carlos Pena and a late strike from Graham Dorrans at McDiarmid Park.

The win leaves the Gers six points off Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic and Aberdeen in third place.

Pedro Caixinha’s side now face Motherwell this weekened in the Scottish League Cup semi-final and McLeish thinks the Gers can use success in that competition as a spring-board for the rest of their season.

“Pedro has come out with a great result against St Johnstone and that might just galvanise them and set them on a good run of form and confidence,” McLeish said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.

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“It is time Rangers embarked on a run.

“I would expect them to beat Motherwell, despite their tremendous run of late.

“A League Cup win would set the bar high.

“It also gives the players an appetite where they say, ‘we want to do this again’.

“As I said a few weeks ago, Pedro needs more time.

“The St Johnstone game was a surprise for me as they won it so convincingly.”

Rangers were in fine form against St. Johnstone and were good value for their win in a game they dominated.

The Gers have had a stop-start early season with home defeats to Hibs and Celtic in the league leaving Caixinha’s side facing a serious fight to wrestle the title from champions Celtic.

Going into this weekend’s semi-final, it’s been six years since the Gers last lifted a major trophy and the Rangers fans will be desperate to see them get their hands on some silverware this season.

Celtic face Hibs on Saturday lunchtime on the other League Cup semi-final at Hampden.

In other Rangers transfer news, a £7.5million midfielder is firmly in the running to be the club’s next signing.

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