We’re underdogs for the first time EVER! SAYS GERS BOSS ALLY MCCOIST
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
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.
“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.”
LOW EXPECTATIONS: McCoist