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Ally McCoist has faith in stand-in Steve Simonsen

By Andy Newport

Ally McCoist insists Rangers are in safe hands with Steve Simonsen after first-choice goalkeeper Cammy Bell was ruled out for another three months.

The former Kilmarnock stopper has not played since dislocating his shoulder against Falkirk four weeks ago and the 28-year-old could now be out until Christmas after popping the joint for a second time at training on Thursday.

Bell is due to be operated on early next week, but McCoist insists the Light Blues' promotion hopes will be properly guarded by stand-in keeper Simonsen.

The manager said: "We always knew there was a possibility of Cammy's shoulder coming out again, we felt it was a gamble worth taking to try and strengthen it, but sadly it came out again in training. Now we're going to get an operation for Cammy as soon as possible.

"He will be out for months rather than weeks. I'm loath to put a figure on it, but I'd imagine it would be three months anyway.

"I have confidence in Steve. When we re-signed him at the start of the season we were very pleased to have him because we felt he was a good stand-in who came in and did well in Cammy's absence last year."

McCoist will hope to notch up another morale-boosting Scottish Championship victory over Alloa at Recreation Park today.

The Rangers boss has had to cope with a series of negative stories over the past fortnight as the Ibrox off-field saga continues.

After last Friday's 4-0 romp over Raith and the 1-0 League Cup win over Inverness on Tuesday – the Gers' first win over a top-flight side for two years – the boss is pleased to see some positive headlines.

"It's been a pleasing week," he declared. "I'm not getting carried away, but I'd say the last couple of games have been very pleasing."

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