Positive McCoist looks to the future

Rangers manager Ally Mccoist
Rangers manager Ally Mccoist

Ally McCoist is in a better place with Rangers in advanced discussions in respect of funding a £1.5 million loan thus easing any short or medium-term financial concerns for the club.

For the Rangers manager, all attention is now focused on this afternoon’s visit of Stenhousemuir to Ibrox said:“The players are handling the pressure really well and I can sense they’re looking forward to their games. In training they’re getting themselves geared up and that’s fantastic. They can smell that the title’s not too far away,”

“So it’s our job to keep everyone’s feet on the ground and take one game at a time.”

Today’s fixture is the fourth time this season on whish Rangers have faced a ‘Warriors’ side now under new management in the form of former Scottish Internationalist Scott Booth. The Ochilview side currently lie sixth in League One with 28 points from 24 games and have been nothing if not consistent in recent weeks,having drawn their last three League games – all at home – by identical scores of 1-1 although elimination from the Scottish Cup at the hands of Albion Rovers was a bitter disappointment.

The Ibrox men have yet to concede a single goal in the three previous encounters against today’s opponents – an overwhelming 8-0 victory in Glasgow in September

with Jon Daly netting four was followed by a narrow 1-0 away win in a Challenge Cup Semi-final one month later and a 2-0 win at Ochilview early in the New Year.

One thing is certain however – with a new manager in charge of his first game the visitors will be all out to make an impact, if they weren’t already.

“This game will give us an opportunity to hopefully get another three points in our quest for the title. I think I’d be lying if I didn’t say the boys can see the finishing line now.

“The first game at Ibrox was very open to be honest which suited us. The two since then haven’t been and they have been hard fought victories. so I would expect a game more like that, especially as they have a new manager in charge.

“I know Scott has been working with the younger lads with the SFA and I obviously know him pretty well. I actually did think it would just be a matter of time before he went into football management. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does and I’m sure he will do well.”

Lee McCulloch is available again, having missed last week’s game through suspension – but Bilel Mohsni remains absent for the same reason, although both Sebastien Faure and Richard Foster were impressive at Ayr and may well have retained their places in any event. Lewis MacLeod remains absent through illness.