PROVE YOU’RE PREM CLASS!
RANGERS v INVERNESS League Cup Quarter-final – Tonight, 7.45pm
ALLY McCOIST has challenged his players to prove they can compete with top-flight teams on a regular basis.
Gers beat Motherwell 2-0 in the last round and will take on Inverness at Ibrox tonight in the League Cup quarter-finals.
Terry Butcher’s side are the SPL top scorers with 23 goals from 11 games and are on a seven-match unbeaten run.
Ibrox had a real air of defiance about it when Motherwell became the first SPL side to play Gers since the newco club were denied entry to the top flight.
And McCoist is looking for his players to produce a similar display against the Highlanders.
“I hope they feel there’s a point to prove when anyone comes to Ibrox,” he said.
“To be fair, the majority of home performances have been okay.
“The players are playing a team three divisions above them who have been doing very well. It’s a question for our boys: can they compete against teams from the top league who are doing well?
“I’m of the be lief that they can and hopefully they will, but words are cheap – they’ve got to show it.”
McCoist added: “I’d settle for the same edge and same performance that the lads gave me the last time we played an SPL side, which was Motherwell.
“I think the fans will play a massive part, as they have done for all our games this season, but I felt that for the Motherwell game the atmosphere was almost like a European night.
“Added to the opportunity to go to Hampden, playing against another SPL side, hopefully we’ll have a level of performance that will see us through to the next round.
“The Inverness lads will have seen that performance and big Terry will have had us watched so they’ll know what to expect.”
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