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Rangers lose as a team: McCoist won't point the finger

Rangers boss Ally McCoist refused to single out Steve Simonsen for blame after the goalkeeper sealed Dundee United's 3-1 victory in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Ibrox.

The club's 35-year-old English back-up keeper was called into action for only the second time since signing last summer after Cammy Bell suffered concussion.

However, his first game at the Gers' ground – designated as a neutral venue last year because Hampden is out of commission – was to prove a nightmare as, with the League One champions trailing 2-1 late in the game and looking for the leveller, he was dispossessed by Nadir Ciftci after taking a Richard Foster pass-back to allow the United striker an easy third.

"I didn't speak to anyone individually, I spoke to all the boys," McCoist said. "Every one of them is disappointed."

Goals from Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven had put United ahead before Steven Smith's free-kick gave the Gers hope, which was snuffed out with Simonsen's mistake.

"It would be unfair and wrong of the me to single anyone out for errors," added McCoist.

"We missed chances and we gifted one or two goals.

"You win and lose as a team, although of course they were individual errors."

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