Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

McCoist won't fear axe if Gers exit Cup

Rangers manager Ally McCoist
Rangers manager Ally McCoist

Boss Ally McCoist will not spend time fretting over his own position if Rangers fail to overcome Albion Rovers at the second attempt next Monday.

The Light Blues forced their William Hill Scottish Cup tie to a replay with a controversial leveller after the Coatbridge men took a shock lead at Ibrox.

Fans vented their frustration as jeers rang around the stadium at the full-time whistle following Sunday's clash.

And some supporters took to social media to question whether McCoist is still the right man to lead the club forward – even though Rangers are potentially one game from wrapping up the League One title.

Asked if he has concerns over his job if Rangers fail to book a last-four meeting against Dundee United, McCoist said: "No, I don't. I've got an awful lot to worry about in terms of getting teams prepared for games.

"So I think I've got enough to worry about without starting to worry about other things.

"I don't give it enough thought to think whether [the criticism] is justified or over the top or not.

"The Rangers manager is guaranteed one thing and that's a level of criticism that comes his way. I 100 per cent expect and accept it.

"I will continue no matter what happens or what's said or written.

"I will continue in our quest to get the team back to where we belong and, in doing that, hopefully playing good, attractive football."

Rangers could take another step towards a return to the top level by clinching the championship when they host Airdrie tonight.

And McCoist is determined to guide his side over the line in style, acknowledging that fans should be able to expect entertainment as well as results.

He said: "We want to play well and we want to win it by entertaining and scoring goals.

"The most important thing is winning – but it's important, if we can, to win it in style."

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