McCoist prepared for criticism

BY foxsports • September 22, 2012

Rangers boss Ally McCoist does not expect special treatment from the club's supporters if he is unable to deliver results.

McCoist earned legendary status as a record-breaking striker during his playing days with the Light Blues and endeared himself further with the way he helped hold the club together during recent troubled times.

However, fans have become increasingly frustrated with the outcome of matches this season which have fallen short of their high expectations.

Rangers have yet to record a victory away from home in the Third Division and suffered their first defeat of the campaign when they crashed out of the Ramsdens Cup to Queen of the South on penalties midweek.

McCoist said: "I believe that I'll get as hard a time as any manager would get if you don't get results because that's the fact of the matter.

"I don't think for a minute that I'm not going to get any stick if we don't get results - far from it in fact.

"I think I should be judged the same as every other manager - and that's on results."

Rangers were consigned to liquidation in the summer after a number of months in administration and were voted into Scottish football's bottom tier after losing their status as a Scottish Premier League club.

McCoist added: "Fans will look at different cases and scenarios within a manager's remit and a manager's period at the club.

"That aside, I've got a job to do and I'm duty bound to the supporters and, indeed, the club to get football results and get us out of the division and that's what I aim to do.

"If I don't do that, absolutely, I'll get as much stick as the next man and there is no reason why I shouldn't."

McCoist admits his players must adopt a similar approach to that of their opponents as they prepare to host Montrose on Sunday.

He said: "We have to treat each game as a cup final. I'm not sure we're just doing that at the moment.

"It's all right for us to say the opposition are treating every game as a cup final but the fact of the matter is that we're going to have to start treating the games as cup finals.

"I would imagine the opposition are looking on it as probably a good time to play Rangers when we're in a transitional period.

"If I was an opposition manager, I would look at where we were 18 months ago and look at where we are now and see that we are looking for a bit of stability, looking to rebuild.

"One of the key factors would be the opposition being well up for the games, as you would expect them to be.

"I think there are a number of factors that are causing us not to play as well we possibly can or should be."

He added: "We need more from everybody within the club - players, staff, everybody.

"We have to get together and regroup and press forward and that's what we will do.

"Nobody said it was going to be a walk in the park - that was never going to be the case.

"The most important thing for our club is that we get promotion out of the division.

"That is without doubt the main aim this year and that has to be the target."

Meanwhile, McCoist confirmed David Templeton has had a scan on the ankle ligament damage he sustained at Annan last week and hopes the winger will be sidelined for week, rather than months.