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Appeal decision on hold as Rangers draw blank

PSV 0 Rangers 0: Rangers manager Walter Smith says the club have yet to decide whether to appeal assistant boss Ally McCoist's two-match ban.

The Scottish champions discovered the punishment handed down to McCoist by the Scottish FA ahead of last night's goalless draw against PSV Eindhoven.

The Ibrox number two and Celtic boss Neil Lennon were both charged with misconduct following their clash after the final whistle of last week's Scottish Cup tie between the Old Firm rivals.

The sanctions mean that McCoist will be banned from the touchline when Rangers face Celtic again in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final on March 20.

Asked whether Rangers plan to appeal, Smith said: “We don't know. We only found out before the game so we haven't had a chance to talk about it.

“Obviously we are disappointed that the thing happened, that's something that happens. Its a two-match ban and he will have to sit out a couple of games, basically that's it.”

Smith sprang a surprise in his team selection when he handed a starting role to Neil Alexander, with regular first choice goalkeeper Allan McGregor named on the bench.

And the move paid off as Rangers earned a goalless draw in Holland that gives them a fighting chance of progressing to the last eight of the Europa League.

Smith said: “He handled it very well. Coming into the final stages of season, we need to make sure both keepers are match fit and have the required sharpness.

“Neil played very well as he has done any time we ask him to play.”

Smith added: “We are very pleased with the result. We expected the type of game we got. We knew we would have to defend well and we managed to do so.

“We are very pleased with the outcome. We had one or two bits of luck and there were one or two poor finishes, but overall we've got to be happy with the outcome.”

Smith warned that Rangers will face another difficult night in Glasgow in next week's second leg.

He said: “We will have to do more attacking. PSV will be as dangerous, if not more so, at Ibrox.”

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