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The Rangers manager Ally McCoist heavily criticised his players after the 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Scottish Premier league club Dundee United. Rangers were expecting to put on a good show for the match against one of the top teams in the country. However, they were extremely poor in attack, while they also conceded goals easily as well. The manager was highly confident ahead of the match that he would get a positive result. The club had recently spent £ 400,000 on the player David Templeton, while they also announced new deals for several players like Ian Black and Dean Shiels.
It did not take long for Dundee United to take the lead after Russell managed to open his account in the match. Dundee managed to extend their advantage before the half-time break through a goal from Daly in the 36th minute. Despite some stern words in the dressing room at half-time, Rangers only managed to improve slightly. Russell then scored his second goal of the match in the 79th minute to give his team a convincing win and progression to the next round. Rangers also have to be content with two red cards for their players – Naismith and Black.
“It was poor. Our bigger SPL players should have done better. It was a disappointing day for the ones who have more experience. We would have looked at doing better. I said to them before the game we wanted a performance individually and collectively. When criticism is due they get it – believe me. After the game some of the players got it individually. You have to say the better team won. We got off to a disastrous start then lost the second goal to a header,” said Ally McCoist after the match. The team will be returning to the league football this weekend.
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The Rangers manager Ally McCoist has revealed that the club has held talks with the 34-year-old goalkeeper Neil Alexander about the possibility of extending his contract with the club. He has said that he is extremely confident that the player will sign the new deal. Alexander’s contract at the club comes to an end in less than six months. He has been one of the important players for the club since their relegation from the Scottish Premier league. He has made 19 appearances for the club this season in all competitions, while helping them open a very strong 17 point advantage at the top of the table.
The manager has spoken about the loyalty that the 34-year-old has shown to the club during a difficult time, while also saying that it is right that the club reward his great performances with a new deal. Rangers tried to bring in the 20-year-old Australian goalkeeper Matty Ryan on a trial basis, but the move has fallen through due to a shoulder injury suffered by the player. There are several club’s also looking at the goalkeeper, who has shown great promise. McCoist has also praised the professionalism of Alexander by saying that he gets on well with the goalkeeping coach Jim Stewart.
“I spoke to Neil this morning. We have had good discussions and I’m hopeful Neil and his representatives can speak to Andrew and Charles. Neil has shown great loyalty to the club and has never been a problem. He’s a great trainer and his professionalism is fantastic. He works really well with (goalkeeping coach) Jim Stewart so it would be crazy not to encourage someone like that to stay,” said the manager. Rangers are currently looking to progress in the cup competitions as well, while they are the favourites to win the third division title.
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The Rangers manager Ally McCoist has said that his team are not fearful of facing the Scottish Premier league team in the Scottish cup. The draw for the fifth round of this competition will be taking place shortly and that is a possibility of Rangers being paired up against a Scottish Premier league team. Even though the team was recently defeated by Inverness earlier in the season in the league cup, Ally McCoist has said that his team are now in a much better position to play against the top flight opposition. It was not long ago that Rangers were considered the top dog in Scottish football alongside Celtic.
Rangers managed to progress to the fifth round of the competition following the 3-0 victory over Elgin City. However, the team has not been doing well in the league and also in the league cup. There were expected to dominate the league, but they are just one point ahead of the second placed team in the table. McCoist has said that winning the league title this season is most important priority rather than promotion through a play-off position. McCoist has pointed out to the victory over Motherwell in the league cup before being knocked out by Inverness for the confidence and ability within the players.
“I wouldn’t start screaming from the rooftops that we are ready for anything but an SPL team wouldn’t scare us. I certainly hope we are ready to play an SPL side. I don’t see any reason why not. We had two League Cup games against SPL opponents this season. We performed well against Motherwell, then against Inverness, not particularly well in the second half. But it’s not a crime to be beaten by Inverness this season,” said the Rangers manager after the 3-0 victory that put them in the fifth round draw.
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