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Little strikes for Rangers revenge

By Lisa Gray

Forfar 0 Rangers 1: Rangers manager Ally McCoist put a poor performance against Forfar down to the windy conditions as his side scraped a one-goal win in Scottish League One.

An Andy Little strike just before the interval was all that separated the two sides on a sunny but blustery day at Station Park.

Rangers were sent crashing out of the Scottish League Cup at the same venue the last time the two sides met in August.

And McCoist refused to be too hard on his players after securing the victory this time despite some dissenting voices from the travelling support.

He said: "I wasn't happy with the performance of the team and I agree with the fans that travelled.

"We told the players that but I can sympathise with the players because of the wind.

"As disappointed as we all are with the performance, I would certainly cut the players some slack because of it.

"The conditions played a massive part in the way the game was played and, sadly for the fans, there wasn't a lot of good football."

He added: "The wind was horrendous and all over the place.

"You saw the amount of times the ball either hung up or went flying forward.

"It didn't help the flow of the game and didn't help either of us pass the ball.

"When you have conditions like that you have to adapt to them. Both teams attempted to do that as best they could.

"I thought we had the better chances but Forfar still had a threat, particularly late in the second half."

Rangers struggled on the road in the early part of last season and McCoist admits this was a game they may not have won this time last year.

He said: "We knew it would be tough coming here. We didn't need a reminder and got the game we expected.

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