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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 March, 2004, 22:46 GMT
McLeish praises strikers
Ronald de Boer netted the third
De Boer curls home the third
Rangers warmed up for Sunday's derby visit of champions-in-waiting Celtic by comfortably disposing of Dunfermline.

After the match, Rangers boss Alex McLeish paid tribute to Michael Mols and Ronald de Boer after watching his side tear Dunfemline apart.

The two strikers claimed a goal each as the home side took a 4-1 lead after only 28 minutes.

"It was like rolling back the years with Michael and Ronald," enthused McLeish.

The Ibrox manager was delighted by his side's first half performance, which saw Alan Hutton, Peter Lovenkrands, Ronald de Boer and Michael Mols find the net.

He said: "It was fantastic to watch, the first-half.

"There was some great football, some great runs and some classic twists and turns from the strikers.

"I felt the quality of the play in the build-up to the goals was quite special.

"Ronald's been out for a while and he's starting to get back to full fitness, while Michael looked very sharp tonight.

"You can see what happens when we're able to field the same players.

It was exhibition stuff, with some incredible passing sequences between the front two
Alex McLeish

"We just haven't had the momentum this season."

However, the win was marred by an injury to Frank de Boer, who was forced to hobble off the pitch with seven minutes remaining.

"He has got his foot in an ice bath at the moment," confirmed McLeish.

"He has got a bit of swelling on his ankle so we will really have to wait until tomorrow.

"The fact that it is swollen, if that is the same or is worse in the morning then he is going to be fighting a battle to be fit for Sunday.

"We won't make any assumptions at the moment. We will see how he is in the morning."

It was a familiar story for Dunfermline manager Jimmy Calderwood, whose side had briefly been in the game when Andy Tod made it 2-1.

He said: "When you come to places like this you have got to have the bottle to defend and get in amongst them but we never got near them.

"We never got within a yard.

"We got hurt big-time. We played with a sweeper but you wouldn't have known it.

"Rangers must love playing against us."



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