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Rangers must raise the bar, warns David Templeton

Alloa Athletic 1-1 Rangers

By Andy Newport

Rangers winger David Templeton has warned his team-mates they will find themselves on the wrong end of another cup shock if they repeat Saturday's dismal display against Alloa.

The former Hearts forward rescued a point for the sloppy Ibrox side with just six minutes left at the Indodrill Stadium as he cancelled out Jonathan Tiffoney's first-half Wasps opener.

The 1-1 draw now leaves the Glasgow side trailing Scottish Championship rivals Hearts by three points in the race for promotion.

But Templeton is worried Falkirk will not give them a similar reprieve when the Light Blues take on the Bairns in tomorrow night's League Cup third-round clash.

Ally McCoist has already suffered a number of cup upsets during his four-year spell as boss.

And Templeton has warned they will find themselves on the end of another disaster if they do not improve on their weekend showing.

"We definitely won't get away with this kind of performance against Falkirk," said the 25-year-old. "We did not play to the standard we showed against Raith and Inverness last week and it cost us.

"The plastic pitch at Alloa didn't help. It was one of the older surfaces and was really sticky.

"Falkirk's pitch is one of the newer astros and come Tuesday I'm sure we will play a lot better."

Templeton started Saturday's match on the bench but made an early entrance after Lewis Macleod limped off with a foot injury.

He levelled the match following Tiffony's header 10 minutes before the interval when he tapped home from close range after Lee McCulloch's fierce shot was spilled.

"It was good to get the equaliser but I thought we could have snatched it late on," said the winger. "But really, based on how poor we were in the first half, I don't think we did enough to win it."

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