McCulloch hails character
Lee McCulloch says Rangers showed their true colours after securing an unlikely 2-1 win at Hearts.
Last Updated: 24/08/09 9:03am
Lee McCulloch says Rangers showed their true colours after overcoming the odds by securing an unlikely 2-1 win at Hearts on Sunday.
Gers at one stage looked to have little chance of getting anything from their trip to Tynecastle as they found themselves a man and a goal down.
Former Wigan attacker McCulloch emerged off the bench to level matters just after the hour mark before Kris Boyd's last-gasp penalty sealed a dramatic victory.
"I think it shows we've got character," said McCulloch.
"Coming in at half-time after not playing the best in the first half and a man down away from home, you are obviously up against it.
"To go and score two goals and not give them any clear-cut chances says a hell of a lot about us.
"It was hard work. It was a really physical game and the first half was probably hard to watch.
"There were a lot of balls in the air and it was a bit of a scrap. That was their third game in a week but I think we started like it was our third game."
Rangers had to play much of the match a man down after Kevin Thomson was shown a red card for a challenge on Ian Black after just 14 minutes.
McCulloch did not feel Thomson's tackle warranted referee Craig Thomson dismissing the midfielder who was making his first start since suffering a serious knee injury last November.
"We were sloppy, bad in possession and when Thommo got sent off it put us on the back foot a bit," he continued.
"They scored a goal but we changed our formation at half-time and I thought we deserved to win the game.
"I asked the referee and he said he caught him with his trailing leg and it was a sending off.
"To be honest I don't know. It didn't look too bad from where I was standing.
"I didn't think the referee was too bad today and, if he had just booked him, I would have said he had a great game."