Rangers boss Ally McCoist gutted to lose Cup final

Rangers Steven Smith (right) and Raith Rovers  Liam Fox in action
Rangers Steven Smith (right) and Raith Rovers Liam Fox in action

On the very same ground where Rangers celebrated Helicopter Sunday, where

Kyle Lafferty clinched the title in 2010 and where Jock Wallace’s Rangers ended Celtic’s ‘Nine-in-a-Row in 1975, Ally McCoist was crestfallen as he surveyed the wreckage of a Cup Final dream turned to dust.

“I’m extremely disappointed. We didn’t play well but had the better chances and should have scored several times. Bilel Mohsni had two headers he should have scored with and Nicky Law hit a post.

“In an ideal world we would have scored an early goal that would have changed the shape of the game.

“That was only our second defeat of the season and the first time we haven’t scored in a game. We picked a team that should have been good enough to win the game. There was slackness defensively. Physically we were the stronger of the two teams but we should have defended the goal better.”

The reaction of the Rangers fans at the final whistle was clear for all to see – the loud boos ringing all around the ground and a few scarves hurled onto the touchline.

McCoist was honest enough to directly address the question of his own position.

“I’ve been here before – right now I’m down as low as I’ve ever been. I don’t fear for my future – nobody will need to tell me when it’s time to go but it’s certainly up there with the lows of my career.

“I’ve been here long enough as a player, a coach and a manager to know that there will be a lot of unhappy people, none more so than ourselves, the players and the staff.”

There will be no respite for the Ibrox Boss with the formidable challenge of Dundee United to be met on Scottish Cup Semi-Final day at Ibrox next Saturday.

To add to an injury list that already includes Andy Little, David Templeton and Lewis MacLeod, Lee Wallace is now a major doubt.

“There’s another massive game coming up next week. Dundee United are more than a handful for any side. On their day they’re capable of beating any side.

“Lee has a thigh strain which doesn’t look good – we’ll see how he is in a couple of days.”

For Jon Daly, a Scottish Cup winner with Dundee United in 2010, there was nothing but disappointment.

“It’s obviously bitterly disappointing. All the boys are gutted and it’s frustrating to stand there watching Raith lift the cup.

“It’s a hard thing to take. We had great support today and we’ve let both the fans and ourselves down.

“We had plenty of chances in the game which passed us by and the goalkeeper made one or two good saves as well.

“That’s a Cup Final for you. Raith played very well defensively.”

Looking ahead to next weekend against his old club, Jon was only too aware of the mountain Rangers will have to climb to be in with a chance of success.

“We now need to focus on Dundee United. We will try to use this disappointment to try to get a win in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup. It’s up to us to bounce back.”