Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Winning matters much more than revenge, says Rangers manager McCoist

Cup quest: Ally McCoist is eyeing a semi-final place

Ally McCoist insists he will not be on a revenge mission when Rangers face Queen of the South again in the Ramsdens Cup.

Queens dumped the Gers out of the competition last season, after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory at Ibrox, before going on to win the trophy.

McCoist admits the defeat still hurts and, while revenge is not the motivating factor, he is keen to make amends for what was one of the poorer results of last term.

He said: "It certainly hurts us. Queen of the South knocked us out and deservedly so.

"At the same time, we felt their second goal was offside and to get beat on penalties is sore at any level.

"They went on to win the cup and deserved to do so. It definitely hurt us.

"I never use the word revenge, I don't like the word revenge, but this game gives us an opportunity to reach the semi-finals of the tournament which is our aim."

Rangers head into the quarter-final tie at Palmerston boosted by a 5-1 win over Arbroath at the weekend, with Lee McCulloch again stealing the show.

Despite playing in defence on Saturday, the skipper bagged a hat-trick for the second game in a row and McCoist had nothing but positive words for him.

He said: "We've still been talking about it and I can't remember the last centre-half to score a hat-trick.

"Nothing less than two goals from him tomorrow night will be acceptable I would have thought!

"At no time does he say he would rather play here or there. He just wants to play, he just wants a jersey and he will take any jersey.

"He's a throw-back to the old days and his type are maybe not a dying breed, but there's certainly not as many of them about as there used to be.

"He's a great skipper."

The on-field action continues to play out against the backdrop of a bitter boardroom battle behind the scenes, which is set to come to a head at an annual general meeting next month, but McCoist believes the club is moving in the right direction.

He said: "From a football point of view, we are quietly pleased with the way things are going.

"It was a big disappointment in the League Cup but the most important thing in our progression and development is continuing to get out of the divisions we're in."

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