Annan Athletic v Rangers reaction
Ally McCoist has told Rangers they must match the urgency of
their Irn-Bru Third Division opponents on their travels after a 0-0
draw at Annan.
Rangers were held to a goalless draw in front of a record 2,517
crowd at Galabank following previous stalemates at Peterhead and
McCoist stressed his respect for their Scottish Football League
opponents and pointed out that there were four shocks in the
Scottish Communities League Cup second round, when Ross County,
Hibernian, Kilmarnock and Dundee lost to lower-league
But he admitted his side did not start with sufficient vigour
and lacked creativity throughout.
McCoist, who saw David Templeton carried off with an ankle
injury early in the game, said: “You would expect being the
full-time side the longer the game goes on we get more possession
and hopefully dictate.
“That was the case but we’re certainly not starting nearly well
“As you would expect the opposition are well up for it because
this is the biggest game of some of their lives.
“There was some solid defending, some fantastic saves and boys
throwing their bodies on the line.
“But we certainly have to start games a lot, lot better. We have
to create more urgency in the first half of games.”
Rangers had several half-chances but failed to consistently
create clear-cut opportunities and home keeper Alex Mitchell
produced a stunning last-minute stop to deny Lee McCulloch.
Annan had arguably the best chance of the game when Jack Steele
fired wide from 15 yards before being pushed back in the final
quarter, but still Rangers laboured to break them down.
McCoist, whose team sit fourth in the Third Division, added: “It
doesn’t matter where you go, there is an expectation to give your
level best and get results.
“The league we’re in, there is an expectancy from everybody that
you’re going to win the vast majority of your games.
“The one thing we have always said and will continue to do, we
will show the league and the teams within the league the utmost
“I was just saying to the lads in the dressing room, from our
point of view the passing and the penetration wasn’t good
“But if you look back 10 days ago there were four SFL teams
knocked four SPL teams out the League Cup.
“The teams within the league deserve respect and they’ll get
that from us, as disappointed as we are.”
Templeton appeared to go over on his ankle on the artificial
“He has gone to hospital,” McCoist said. “It doesn’t look
“The ankle was completely swollen up after two or three
“He is going for an X-ray and a scan.”
Annan manager Harry Cairney hailed his players for keeping their
“It’s fantastic, we have never had Rangers here competitively so
to get them down and to get a draw, we are really chuffed,” he
“You fear at some point in their away games they are going to
give somebody a bit of a doing and we were just hoping it wouldn’t
“Obviously since Rangers dropped into the Third Division, it’s
the game our players and fans have been looking forward to.
“But the players had to play the game. We had a couple of weeks
to prepare and I thought the guys got the shape of the team really
well and restricted Rangers to few chances.”