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Europa League: Rangers exit an all-time low, admits McCoist

By Lisa Gray

Rangers 1 Maribor 1 (Maribor win 3-2 on aggregate): Rangers manager Ally McCoist admitted last night's Europa League exit at the hands of Maribor was one of the lowest points in his football career.

Carlos Bocanegra grabbed his first goal for his new club on 75 minutes to cancel out Dalibor Volas' 55th minute opener, but Rangers could not find a second goal to at least force the tie to extra-time.

They exited the tournament with a 1-1 draw on the night and a 3-2 aggregate defeat to mark a dismal night for Scottish football, with both Celtic and Hearts also crashing out.

However, McCoist is determined to pick the players up as quickly as he can from their European heartache.

“This is as low as I can remember and we're really disappointed,” he said.

“The players gave us everything they had, I can't fault their effort, but it wasn't to be. We're very, very disappointed.

“I had a chat with the lads, though, and as disappointed as we are we don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves.

“We've got a tough game against Aberdeen on Sunday and we've got to pick ourselves up and get on with it.

“It's a sore night for Scottish football, but I can only speak from our point of view and we're very disappointed but we will bounce back.

“My job is to make sure that squad of boys are ready for the important league game against Aberdeen on Sunday and they will be, believe me.”

McCoist has not ruled out the possibility of bringing in new faces either as the team look to pick themselves up for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign ahead.

“We've brought a number of players in and the transfer window is still open,” McCoist stressed.

“Admittedly, one or two (of our signings so far) haven't been our first choice but you'll never get all the players you want.

“We'll continue to look and search for the best quality for this club.

“Every opportunity I will look to strengthen the squad.

“We've been a little bit unlucky with some of the injuries at this early point of the season.

“But we'll regroup, that's life. It's all about how you handle it and we'll handle it all right.”

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