Gers boss McDowall is still targeting promotion

Rangers boss Kenny McDowall
Rangers boss Kenny McDowall

Rangers caretaker boss Kenny McDowall insists he still believes the club can secure promotion this season - despite his disastrous dug-out debut.

Ally McCoist’s number two took charge of the side for the first time since the manager was placed on garden leave last Saturday at Easter Road.

But it was a nightmare afternoon for the former Partick and St Mirren striker as Hibernian hammered his hapless team 4-0.

The defeat allowed Hearts to extend their massive lead to 15 points at the top of the Scottish Championship, while Alan Stubbs’ Leith side have closed to within four of the second-placed Gers.

With confidence at an all-time low on the pitch and a cash crisis brewing off it, Rangers are far from guaranteed to make it back to the Premiership at the first attempt.

But McDowall insists that is still the target, regardless of the problems facing the Glasgow giants.

Asked if he believes promotion is still achievable, the interim boss said: “Absolutely. That’s the way you have to be here. We are expected to win games, to win leagues, to win cups - nothing changes in that aspect. The players know that and know what they have to do, so we carry on regardless.”

McDowall will boss the team at Ibrox for the first time today when Dumbarton visit and the 51-year-old says they must improve.

“First of all we have got to get back working hard. We appreciate it was a poor performance against Hibs. The lads were disappointed with themselves. We are ready.”