Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Rangers boss McCoist admits to nerves ahead of Ibrox game

Ally McCoist admits nerves were a major factor ahead of last night's Scottish Communities League Cup tie against East Fife as Rangers played their first game at Ibrox since being consigned to liquidation.

The Light Blues boss knows the eyes of the nation have been on his club as a result of their dramatic financial collapse in recent months and he was desperate not to let anyone down as they continue on the road to recovery.

Kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes as fans packed into the stadium, with an official attendance of 38,160 recorded for the first-round clash.

Rangers cruised to a 4-0 win against the Irn-Bru Second Division side, thanks to a debut goal from Dean Shiels, a Lee McCulloch double and a Lee Wallace strike.

McCoist said: "It was strange before the game.

"I was really nervous myself because I wanted to win the game but I wanted to give the fans something they would be pleased seeing.

"I actually think it's a good thing. I don't think I've ever been involved in a game of football where I've not had nerves.

"But this was a big, big game for the club in terms of the supporters and putting on a performance.

"The eyes of the country have been on us and will continue to be on us this season. We don't want to let anyone down."

Francisco Sandaza, Kevin Kyle and Emilson Cribani all checked in at Ibrox yesterday, bringing McCoist's summer signings to five as they prepare for life in the Third Division this season.

But, with a 12-month transfer embargo looming, he is determined to strengthen further, with Craig Beattie still a target.

Chief executive Charles Green told the club's official website: "We had to support Alistair in terms of bringing in new players because we have lost so many - about 24 - since the beginning of the year.

"People have to realise that we have to sign players for two seasons because of the transfer ban because it will be January 2014 before we can sign any more.

"So the board are backing him by bringing in these players."

Green says he will reveal details next week of a share issue which will allow fans to invest in the club.

He added: "We had stockbrokers at the game and I'm sure they were impressed by what they saw.

"We hope to come out next week with more details of the timetable of the programme and the structure of the share issue because we want fans to become involved in the club.

"Then they can become part of what we are trying to build here. It's the beginning of a journey.

"The dark days are behind us. I'm sure there will be some hurdles ahead of us but together we can do remarkable things."

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