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Wait over for McCoist as Rangers win

By Lisa Gray

Rangers 2 Aberdeen 0: Ally McCoist picked up his first home win as manager as Rangers secured a 2-0 victory over Aberdeen at Ibrox to remain top of the Scottish Premier League.

Steven Davis and Steven Naismith netted as the Scottish champions bounced back from their midweek European disappointment — and left the Dons still waiting to end their 20-year wait for a victory in Govan.

McCoist said: “I spoke to the boys before the game and I spoke to them after the game.

“Without doubt, the most important aspect of today was getting the three points and we did that.

“We will play miles better than that in games to come throughout the season, there is no doubt about that.

“I'm not going to sit here and say I'm disappointed with the way we played because I'm pleased with the result more than I'm disappointed with the way we played.”

Rangers’ win came at a cost as Naismith is now a concern for Scotland boss Craig Levein ahead of Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

McCoist said: “He took a bang on his hip bone, but he showed the spirit we are needing.

“It would have been really easy for Naismith to just come off and get an ice pack on it but he didn't.

“He got the ice pack on at half-time and then came back out and that's the sort of mentality and attitude you need when things aren't going according to plan.

“It was all hands on deck and he epitomised that spirit.”

On Naismith's Scotland prospects, the Rangers boss added: “I would have to find out tomorrow morning.

“He's got an ice pack on it and I would hope from Craig and Steven's point of view that it's just a whack and he will be able to recover from it. We will have a better idea tomorrow morning.”

Dorin Goian also suffered an injury and was forced out of the action just before half-time.

McCoist said: “He is feeling a little bit better than he did when he came off.

“He has definitely jarred his knee and it will probably be tomorrow morning before we realise the full extent of the injury.

“We will try to contact the Romanian FA to let them know the situation.”

Meanwhile, McCoist denied reports that Rangers are set to off-load David Weir, Kirk Broadfoot, Maurice Edu and James Beattie before the end of the transfer window.

He said: “It's all news to me. There has been no offers for players and we haven't been back in for anybody.

“There are another 72 hours to go in the transfer window and at this moment in time it's all very quiet.

“I can't give you any more information because there is no information to give you regarding ins and outs.”

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown said: “We played well enough to at least take a point, if not all three points.

“We're still not a good enough Aberdeen team, but we are convinced it will improve and there is evidence to suggest that we will get results.”

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