RANGERS v IN­VER­NESS League Cup Quar­ter-fi­nal – Tonight, 7.45pm

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 -

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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