Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Rangers manager Ally focused on winning run

On target: Lewis Macleod scored the second goal for Rangers

Ayr United 0 Rangers 2: Rangers manager Ally McCoist will remain focused on delivering results on the park after securing victory at Ayr United, following what he described as another "interesting week" off the field.

The club's annual accounts have prompted much debate over the last few days after showing an operating loss of £14.4million for the 13 months to the end of June, with McCoist confirming he had agreed to accept a pay cut to his salary, which was revealed to be £825,000.

The Scottish League One clash at Somerset Park allowed the Light Blues boss to turn his attention back to football matters, as his side maintained their 100 per cent league record and also moved eight points clear at the summit.

McCoist – named the division's manager of the month for September – said: "It's a box of tricks managing the club in the last year or so and we just hopefully handle everything that's thrown at us.

"This week was interesting but the most important thing is that the team are performing and getting results on the park for the supporters.

"Thankfully we did that again."

Defender Bilel Mohsni and midfielder Lewis Macleod secured the three points with two superb strikes and McCoist is pleased to see others taking the pressure off the strikers.

He said: "We said at the start of the season that we were looking for more goals from all areas of the park.

"Last season, Andy Little and Lee McCulloch more than chipped in with their fair share but we felt we could have got more from different areas.

"This year it's certainly the case. It's important that we do get goals from all areas of the park and we are getting that in abundance.

"Bilel's been great. In every game he's involved in, there is a talking point with him. He's a fans' favourite."

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