WIDEMAN Carlo Monti was hailed as the architect of Kilwinning Rangers' memorable opening day victory by manager Chris Strain.

The former Pollok ace, now in his second season at Abbey Park, was instrumental in the 4-2 home win against Cumnock.

But the manager also felt it was an impressive all-round display from his team, who host Irvine Vics in the Ardagh Glass League Cup quarter-finals tonight (Wednesday) and head to Holm Park for a clash with Clydebank on Saturday.

Strain said: "It was great to score four goals and we deserved our win as we played very well. Carlo Monti had a great game, he scored one goal and had a hand in all the others. He caused the Cumnock defence a lot of problems. But it was a good all-round effort and I had a selection headache before the game which is a good sign. People who were at the game would see we deserved to win."

However the Buffs manager is taking nothing for granted when Irvine Vics come calling tonight (Wednesday).

He said: "Irvine Vics had some good results in the League Cup so we will take nothing for granted. They have beaten Darvel and drawn with Hurlford in the cup. We lost to Darvel in a cup tie last season and don't want something like that to happen again."

Looking ahead to the weekend he said: "I watched the highlights of the Glenafton v Clydebank game on Saturday and felt Clydebank were unlucky to lose. Holm Park is always a difficult place to play but hopefully we can take something from the game."