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Ally McCoist unconcerned by social media blast

By LISA GRAY

Stenhousemuir 0 Rangers 2: Rangers manager Ally McCoist played down a Twitter rant made against him by Stenhousemuir striker John Gemmell and claimed there were no hard feelings between the two men.

Reports suggested Gemmell had used social media to brand the Light Blues boss as "a p****" after McCoist complained about his side being asked to play four games in 11 days, culminating in the Scottish League One clash against Stenny.

McCoist laughed off the incident but he believes the remarks serve as a further reminder to his own players to exercise caution when using social media.

Speaking after Rangers' 2-0 win, he said: "I get called worse in the house to be honest with you.

"I reckon about 60 per cent of our dressing room agreed with him – that was the concerning thing!

"It was probably a bit ill-judged but I'm certainly not going to throw the toys out of the pram. In my time at Rangers, I have been called worse.

"He said to me 'You know what I meant, didn't you?' To which I replied 'Not really!'

"But it doesn't matter. We are all big boys and we just get on with it.

"I think he did miss the point – my main gripe was the fans being asked to travel about to three or four games at this time of year."

McCoist added: "I'm fed up saying to our lads about Twitter because with the flick of a switch it's global. There are no secrets.

"It's a different era from the one we were brought up in. We could certainly get ourselves in enough trouble without Twitter.

"Twitter just seems another instrument to get them into trouble so I'm not a fan of Twitter.

"We have words with our lads as often as possible, just to tell them to watch what they are saying and watch what they are doing on Twitter."

A goal in each half from Nicky Law secured the points for the league-leaders at Ochilview, where McCoist had no complaints about a red card picked up by Arnold Peralta late in the first half, just days after Bilel Mohsni saw red following a flashpoint at the end of Thursday's game at Airdrie.

He said: "My first reaction was that it was a booking but I've got to be honest, I'll look forward to seeing it again and it probably was a red.

"He was very high and I was maybe being more hopeful that anything else by wanting a yellow card. The referee was pretty well placed to see it and I don't have any complaints to be honest."

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