McCoist backs Ness to shine

Rangers boss hopes player's injury woes are behind him

Ness: Hopes to put injury problems behind him

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist believes young midfielder Jamie Ness can finally begin to realise his potential after a string of injury problems.

Tipped for bright things by former boss Walter Smith, Ness made his debut for the SPL Champions in December 2010, netting his first goal for the club in a Scottish Cup win over Celtic two months later.

However, calf and groin injuries cut short his season, though that did not stop the club offering him a new extended contract until 2013.

The 20-year-old finally made his comeback in Rangers' 3-1 friendly defeat to Chelsea at Ibrox last weekend.

Exciting

McCoist believes that signals a change in fortunes for the youngster, who is highly rated by those inside the club.

"Without wanting to put any pressure on the lad, Jamie is a player who definitely excites us on the coaching and management side," said McCoist.

"The biggest problem he has had, he seems to struggle to string two or three games together.

"But he went to see a specialist in Germany this summer and he seems happier within himself now.

"He is certainly feeling good in his head and his body now and we hope he can kick on."