Rangers manager Ally McCoist plays down unbeaten season

Rangers' Manager Ally McCoist
Rangers' Manager Ally McCoist

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is still refusing to talk of an unbeaten League One campaign as his side prepare to face Brechin on Saturday.

“I didn’t entertain talk of an unbeaten League One campaign earlier in the season and I am loathe to do it now,” he said.

“You can just fall flat on your face.”

“We have never looked too far forward but with seven games remaining it’s a great opportunity for the players - it would be pointless me saying otherwise.

“The unbeaten run will be put to the test in the upcoming games. If the players stay unbeaten it’ll be a wonderful achievement but there are a lot of tough games coming up. It’s great we’ve got the League tied up early in the season but it’s equally important there’s still a lot to play for.”

Brechin were the first visitors of the season to Ibrox back in August when a 4-1 win was straightforward enough – with Chris Hegarty netting the opener and Dean Shiels rounding off the scoring – but on their return visit last month City gave a Rangers side reduced to ten men through the ordering-off of Bilel Mohsni early in the second-half a tough time of it, the Ibrox men eventually winning by the odd goal in three after dominating a first-half with goals from ‘Deano’ again and Jon Daly.

The Angus side currently lie seventh in League One with 32 points from 29 games – seven points clear of a relegation play-off spot – and are currently in the midst of something of a slump, having accumulated just one point from their last five games for the loss of fourteen goals.

There are unlikely to be many changes from the side who secured a place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup at Hamilton on Monday – and for McCoist and the travelling ‘Gers support the goal will be to take one more step towards that undefeated goal.

Rangers are without Andy Little and David Templeton but Chris Hegarty could feature.