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Saturday, 23 March 2013 14:43

We Were Miles Short

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ALLY McCOIST was frustrated after seeing his Rangers team fail to break down Stirling and admits his men were ‘miles short’ of the standards he expects them to reach.

The Light Blues had plenty of the ball against the Binos and had a few chances to score but Albion’s opportunities were arguably more clear cut and they could have won themselves.

That made for another angry reaction from supporters at the final whistle as referee Craig Thomson called time on the second 0-0 draw of the season.

Gers did have a young team playing including seven players aged 22 or under, three of whom were playing under-19 football last term.

Regardless, the manager feels his side should have been good enough to collect all three points and was disappointed it didn’t.

McCoist said: “I thought it was a disappointing 90 minutes for everybody, to be honest. Anybody who was watching it will agree it wasn’t a good game at all.

“From our point of view, we had our best chances to score in the early period of the game. Kane (Hemmings) had a couple and Lee (McCulloch) did too.

“After that, it was just a frustrating 90 minutes. There was an option where we could have moved Lee up front as he’s probably the only centre-forward we have on our books.

“But with the greatest of respect, he has made the defence look a bit more solid in the last couple of games and that’s a positive, something I always look for.

“In terms of creating and taking chances, we were miles short of where we want to be this afternoon.”

Despite today’s result, Gers are still possibly just one win from taking the title and that could happen at Montrose next week if Queen’s Park then fail to beat Elgin later that day.

McCoist knows his men simply need to get the job done in that respect to ease pressure which is mounting all too rapidly on his side.

He has been hindered by selection problems and that was the case again here but he still appreciates his players should have seen the job through.

McCoist added: “We just have to get over the line, that’s what we need to do. I said at the start of the season we needed players and I’m not going to change my tune on that.

“We had seven or eight players out today and that will tell you where we are. I’ll probably go down in history as the only Rangers manager who struggled to fill a bench.

“That’s where the club is at the moment. When you look at our squad, you can see that we are in desperate need of bodies.

"Yesterday we looked at our youth players, not because they deserved an opportunity but because we needed to fill a jersey.

“We have to overcome that though, get over the line and win the title now. That’s what we set out to do at the start of the year.

“Once we have done that, we have to put together a team again which will win the next title, albeit we don’t know what one that will be. Nothing has changed.”

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