Ally McCoist hits out at scheduling as Rangers hit the road once again

Rangers manager Ally McCoist
Rangers manager Ally McCoist

Rangers boss Ally McCoist has hit out over the exhausting festive programme that the Ibrox club have been forced to endure.

Sunday’s clash with Stenhousemuir will be the Gers’ fourth fixture in 11 days – and their third successive game on the road.

“That would have an impact on any group of players,” McCoist said.

“We’re not happy with that – we’re treated differently from other clubs. It’s a different set of initials but exactly the same attitude towards us. (SPL to SPFL).

“We were consulted on the date for the rearranged game at Ochilview and asked for a midweek game but Stenhousemuir wanted Sunday and that’s what the powers that be went with.

“The authorities never consider the fans – they should be treating them better. Our supporters travel the length and breadth of the country. They’ve already had to travel to Arbroath and Dunfermline on Monday nights and we’re being sent to Forfar on another Monday night later this month.”

Bilel Mohsni is suspended for the visit to Ochilview on Sunday afternoon, whilst Lewis MacLeod, Steven Smith and Nicky Clark are all injury doubts at a ground Rangers have already visited this season in the Challenge Cup.

Back in October they secured a 1-0 win in the semi-final courtesy of a late Jon Daly goal.

Rangers may have struggled on that occasion on a pitch that has been widely criticised – but they did net ten there last season in two games against East Stirlingshire and will be determined to notch another win against opponents who currently lie fifth in League One.

“The Ochilview pitch is far from ideal,” McCoist added.

“No two artificial surfaces are the same but we’ve played there before and we know what to expect.”

Reflecting on Thursday’s win against Airdrie, McCoist added: “We’re playing a lot of games just now – it must be difficult for the fans. It was important to get another three points and another clean sheet – and we’ll be aiming for the same on Sunday.

“Our game against Airdrie was difficult after we had played against Dunfermline on Monday night. Airdrie were fighting for points but again we kept a clean sheet and got the victory we wanted

“Every game is different but in every single game the opposition give 100 per cent.”