Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Lee McCulloch trusts Rangers quality

Lee McCulloch and Ally McCoist with the title

Rangers 3 Stranraer 0: Ally McCoist will meet chief executive Graham Wallace today to discuss the playing budget at Rangers for next season but skipper Lee McCulloch believes there is already enough talent in the dressing room to win the Championship.

McCulloch got his hands on the Scottish League One trophy after the 3-0 win over Stranraer at Ibrox on Saturday.

The title was dedicated by the Light Blues' players and management to Sandy Jardine, the former Gers and Scotland full-back who lost his battle with cancer on Thursday night at the age of 65.

Wallace has indicated to McCoist that he will have roughly the same money at his disposal as this season which will allow him to "make one or two changes here and there" but McCulloch would be confident enough taking the next step on the way back to the top flight with the same squad.

He said: "This season we have taken over 100 points and scored over 100 goals but we know next season will see us playing in a more competitive league.

"With the new players coming in and getting through their first season, as well as the young boys who have progressed, that's a massive plus.

"We will be a better team again next season and I believe we can win the title with the players we have, yes. I'm talking for the dressing room and we would be confident of winning the title and going back to the Scottish Premiership where we belong."

Goals from Fraser Aird, Arnold Peralta and Dean Shiels kept McCoist's side unbeaten in the league with one game remaining against second-placed Dunfermline next week but McCoist is already looking forward to next season.

"The Championship will be really competitive," he said. "There will be an increase in the quality. It will be tough, but we are really looking forward to it."

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