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McCoist won't fear Rangers axe despite cup final woe

Rangers boss Ally McCoist insists he does not fear for his job despite seeing his side suffer a humiliating defeat in the Ramsdens Cup final.

Raith Rovers stunned the Glasgow giants with John Baird's extra-time winner to end Ibrox hopes of a treble.

The League One champions were overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy for the first time but put in an abject display as they lost 1-0.

To make matters worse, the chances they did create were wasted as Bilel Mohsni and Lee Wallace failed to convert during the 90 minutes while Nicky Law hit a post in extra-time.

And Fifers' keeper Lee Robinson was a pivotal figure with a string of saves, allowing skipper Jason Thomson (pictured) to get his hands on the trophy.

But having now failed to win any of the eight cup competitions they have entered during McCoist's reign, the manager is certain to come under fresh flak from fans. However, the former Light Blues striker said: "I don't fear for my future at all.

"I know the fans won't be happy but no one will have to tell me anything, that's for sure."

McCoist – whose side face and even tougher test next Saturday when they take on Dundee United in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final – added: "I've had some big disappointments.

"That's up there with all the major disappointments that I've had, but it's not just about me – it's about the team and the club and the players, all of us together.

"We don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves. That's the one thing we can't do. We've got a big game to look forward to on Saturday."

Baird wrote his name into Rovers folklore when he pounced two minutes from time.

Mohsni and his skipper Lee McCulloch should both have dealt with a loose ball but allowed Grieg Spence to shoot at Cammy Bell.

The keeper could only spill the ball at Baird's feet and the former Partick striker made no mistake.

With tears of pride running down his cheeks, the matchwinner said:"That was a big day in Rangers history today – and we were the ones to stop them.

"I don't think there are words to describe scoring a winner against one of the Old Firm in a cup final. It's just a dream."

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