We’re un­der­dogs for the first time EVER! SAYS GERS BOSS ALLY MCCOIST

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY SEPT 27 - By DUN­CAN MCQUEEN

ALLY McCOIST is in­sist­ing Mother­well go into tonight’s League Cup tie at Ibrox as favourites.

In fact, the Rangers man­ager be­lieves the third-round clash is the first time his club has EVER gone into a do­mes­tic out­ing as the un­der­dogs.

Stu­art McCall’s men sit at the sum­mit of the SPL, while Rangers are still try­ing to set­tle into their new sur­round­ings in the Third Division fol­low­ing a sum­mer of tur­moil.

McCoist said: “I think Stu­art and I will prob­a­bly dis­agree on this one, but I’d have to say Mother­well are favourites.

“Be­ing top of the SPL and the in-form side in the coun­try at the mo­ment, you’d have to say they’d be favourites.

“It’s not for that rea­son alone. We are in a tran­si­tional pe­riod, we are a com­pletely new team.

“Let’s be hon­est, it’s prob­a­bly

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the first time in the club’s his­tory we aren’t expected to win.

“Go­ing into any do­mes­tic game you could ar­gue that Rangers – even against Celtic – if not to­tal favourites, would have been expected to win the game or come out of the game with a mas­sive amount of credit for our per­for­mance level.

“The fact of the mat­ter is, where the club is and with the new team, it’s not a given that we’re expected to beat Mother­well.

Dumped

“It’s not a bad thing. It’s a learn­ing curve and a re­al­i­sa­tion of where we are as a team.”

Rangers were dumped out of the Rams­dens Cup on penal­ties against Queen of the South at Ibrox last week and McCoist is well aware of the size of task fac­ing his side tonight.

He said: “Mother­well al­ways gave us very dif­fi­cult games when we had £30mil­lion worth of tal­ent.

“Noth­ing will change in the re­spect that they’ll give our new team a very tough task.

“At this mo­ment in time, Well will fancy their chances against any­body in the coun­try.”

But he re­fused to write off Gers’ own chances of pro­gress­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion.

McCoist said: “Favourites can be beaten and I be­lieve that we can beat Mother­well. We’ll be do­ing our damnedest to do just that.

“The cup com­pe­ti­tions would prob­a­bly be the ideal sit­u­a­tion to guide our­selves on how we’re placed in terms of play­ing the top teams.

“It won’t be the end of the world if we don’t win the tie – but I firmly be­lieve we can do it.”

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