Rangers manager Ally McCoist buoyed by Scottish Cup success

Rangers Bilel Mohsni challenges Albion Rovers Neil Parry
Rangers Bilel Mohsni challenges Albion Rovers Neil Parry

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is looking ahead to the Scottish Cup semi-final with Dundee United after the Ibrox side sealed their passage with a 2-0 victory over Albion Rovers at New Douglas Park on Monday night.

McCoist anticipates a tough test against the Tannadice outfit but is relishing the challenge after guiding Rangers to their first Scottish Cup semi-final in five years.

Fraiser Aird and Jon Daly were on target for the Gers and McCoist was particularly pleased by the contribution of young prospects Aird and Calum Gallagher, who combined to create the opener in the 18th minute. I was pleased that we managed to score first and that two young players were involved in the first goal.

“That will delight everyone at Murray Park,” said McCoist.

“After that we tried to get them to come out and open up and they stuck to their plan.

“But we got the second goal, a great header, and it was clear for everyone to see we got the 2-0 win.

“I’m delighted to get through and we can now look forward to the semi-finals. It means a lot to everyone at the club. We’ll be up against a very good side in Dundee United, who will probably be regarded as favourites.

“We know what they’re capable of – they have a good record against us in Scottish Cup-ties.

“Last year’s defeat at Tannadice was disappointing in terms both of the result and the performance. We believe we now have a better side and better players,” he added.

“It will give us a chance to gauge how we compare in a one-off game against a top side. It’s a massive game, but it’s just as important that we continue rebuilding for the long term.”