Ally doesn’t fear SPL Cup opponent

ALLY McCoist watched Rangers overcome Elgin City 3-0 at Ibrox yesterday afternoon then turned his attention to today’s Fifth Round draw.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t do well against an SPL side if we are drawn against one. We performed well against Motherwell when we played them in the League Cup. I wouldn’t start screaming from the roof tops that we are ready for anything but an SPL team certainly wouldn’t scare us.”

The Ibrox boss saw much to be happy about in his side’s performance.

“I was pleased to win. The main objective is to get through to the next round and we did that but I thought our goals were well executed and there were some good individual performances.”

There was praise for youngster Barrie McKay.

“I thought McKay’s performance was consistent and intelligent throughout the match, full of good play.

“I was also delighted that Kal Naismith came on and got his goal today. He took it well.”

There was however concern over Ian Black’s knee injury which meant an enforced substitution just before the hour.

“We will assess him tomorrow but at this stage he might be out for a couple of weeks. It’s the back of the knee but hopefully it won’t be too serious.”

Meanwhile goalscorer Kevin Kyle went one better than his manager in assessing Rangers’ Scottish Cup prospects ahead of today’s draw.

“We will just see who we get in the next round but we would like an SPL side because we want to test ourselves,” said Kyle.

“It would be great to get the chance to turn one of them over. I believe we are good enough to go all the way in the Cup.

“We showed in the Motherwell League Cup tie the level that we can reach. If we play as we can we can compete with anyone. It would be amazing if we could win it.”