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Rangers have to be at best to win, warns Ally McCoist

By LISA GRAY

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has noted Falkirk's confidence ahead of their William Hill Scottish Cup clash tomorrow.

Falkirk beat Cowdenbeath 4-0 on Saturday in the Championship and McCoist has warned his team to take notice of the comments coming out of their opponents' camp ahead of the fourth-round trip.

"I'm already reading comments after Falkirk's good victory at the weekend – quite rightly – from one or two of their lads," said McCoist.

"They knocked us out of the League Cup a couple of seasons ago and are doing well in the league just now.

"They are looking forward to the Rangers game and they're looking to put one over on us again. You'd absolutely expect them to say that.

"If there was ever any doubt about how up for the game Falkirk are, you just have to look at their quotes in the newspapers. They're full of confidence.

"We've had them watched and they beat Livingston 4-1 recently, so it's a tough game for us."

McCoist's top-flight team lost at the Falkirk Stadium in their last season before liquidation, although Rangers gained revenge in both the League Cup and Ramsdens Cup last season.

And McCoist has warned that teams are just as determined to cause an upset against his side as they were before the club's financial collapse.

"We're a massive scalp, of course we are," McCoist said.

"I make no apologies for saying the vast majority of teams raise their performance levels.

"That's not a criticism of them, it's just a statement of fact and it's totally understandable that they do that.

"We might not be the same team we were in terms of playing well in the Champions League and winning top-flight titles.

"But we are, without doubt, the same club and that's as big a thing for our opponents as it was before."

Meanwhile, midfielder Kyle Hutton is putting thoughts of his contract situation out of his mind as he bids to recover from his second serious injury of the season.

The 22-year-old had recently returned from a 10-week lay-off with an ankle problem before breaking his leg during an under-20s game against Partick Thistle on Tuesday night.

Hutton, who faces six weeks in plaster, said: "All I can do is concentrate on getting fit again."

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