McCoist can’t hide delight as Rangers strengthen title grip

Rangers' Fraser Aird celebrates his goal with team mate Steven Smith

Rangers' Fraser Aird celebrates his goal with team mate Steven Smith

It was a delighted Ally McCoist who reflected on his side’s overwhelming 4-0 win over second-placed Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park last night to extend the Light Blues’ lead to 14 points.

Rangers tightened their stranglehold at the top of League One as Fraser Aird, Nicky Clark, Nicky Law and Robbie Crawford fired them to a 4-0 win over Dunfermline in Fife.

Home manager Jim Jefferies had the hosts fired up from the off but any chance of an upset was killed off after 22 minutes when Aird put Ally McCoist’s side ahead.

And Dunfermline’s first defeat in nine games was confirmed with three goals after the interval as the Light Blues extended their lead over the Pars to 14 points with a game in hand.

Rangers boss Ally McCoist said: “I was absolutely thrilled to notch up such an emphatic win.

“We put the disappointment of Boxing Day against Stranraer behind us and produced a first-class display.

“We thoroughly deserved to win and I thought we played well throughout the game.

“It was delighted for ‘Man-of-the-Match’ Fraser Aird who came in and got a goal and for Nicky law who I thought played very well.”

Ever the perfectionist – like any manager – McCoist admitted that he was looking for even more.

“We could have scored even more goals – but another clean sheet is also a bonus – particularly after the loss of the late goal against Stranraer.”

With the January transfer window fast approaching the problem for the Ibrox Boss is one of who – if anybody – is likely to be leaving and who may be arriving.

“Graham Wallace (Rangers Chief Executive) is back in the first week in January and I’ll be better qualified to address that issue at that time,” he said.

For Ally’s counterpart Jim Jefferies there was nothing but frustration as he reflected on a heavy home defeat.

“Rangers played very well and deserved their win.

“We made mistakes tonight that you get away with against most other teams – but not against Rangers. Sloppy play cost us dearly.

“You work hard on the training ground but you simply can’t legislate for the errors we made tonight,” added Jefferies.




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