Ibrox Stadium

Next Game

Rangers v Kilmarnock

Sunday, 30 November 2014, 12:45

Scottish Cup Fourth Round

Last Game

Hearts 2 - 0 Rangers

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 12:45

Scots Champ

Rangers 'flattered' by rout

Rangers manager Ally McCoist was under no illusions despite having seen his side beat Arbroath 5-1 in Scottish League One.

Last Updated: 15/09/13 at 11:32 Post Comment

Ally McCoist: Celebrates one of Lee McCulloch's three goals

Ally McCoist: Celebrates one of Lee McCulloch's three goals

Lee McCulloch scored his second successive hat-trick as five goals in the last half hour gave Rangers an emphatic win, if a rather flattering scoreline, against an Arbroath side which more than matched the Ibrox team for over an hour.

And McCoist freely admitted his side struggled to overcome their opponents until the later stages of the game.

The Rangers boss was delighted with the final outcome as his team netted five second-half goals after falling a goal behind to a very well-organised Arbroath.

And although the focus was on the home side, significantly boosted by the inclusion of six of McCoist's summer signings for the first time, the Rangers boss commendably praised his opponent's performance and the fact the scoreline was a bit generous in his side's favour.

He said: "It was a great win but I don't think anybody would have predicted that at half-time. As delighted as I am about our win and the manner it was achieved I have plenty of praise for our opponents.

"We knew they were a good team and it is obvious how they managed to get a 1-1 draw at Celtic last season and they are probably shattered and wondering what happened as they played really well."

McCoist was also keen to point out how difficult it was for all of his new signings in their first game together.

"I never said it would be easy throwing six of them into the game but I thought we started quite well but then went a bit flat. But credit Arbroath who knocked the ball about well and got in behind us a few times in the first half.

"After they scored, and I thought it was a terrific goal, we responded well.

"I thought the scoreline flattered us a bit but nobody would deny us the victory."

And as the club's leading striker, McCoist singled out McCulloch's second consecutive hat-trick, which put Rangers in control, adding: " Two back to back hat-tricks from a defender and without any penalties is fantastic.

"And the thing about big Lee, although he was a striker, he is delighted just to play anywhere in the team".

Arbroath player-boss Paul Sheerin was a bit disappointed by the final scoreline as he thought his side did well until Rangers grabbed the lead after 65 minutes.

The Gayfield boss was also honest in highlighting that his side failed to keep it going for 90 minutes.

Sheerin said: "The scoreline is possibly a bit harsh but the third goal, which was an unbelievable strike has killed us.

"After that we were forced to change things and that left us open.

"It was a great goal and finish from Cookie to give us the lead and I thought we did really well with one man up front for 65 minutes. The boys worked really hard and I suppose in that respect the scoreline is slightly harsh on their efforts.

"But there is no getting away from the fact that we lost 5-1 and the bottom line is we didn't compete for 90 minutes. And you have to credit Rangers for keep going and not giving up.

"Our game plan was to frustrate them, which we did for long spells until they scored their second goal."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

oved the article. i remember at school, after failing an exam, I would become obscenely secretly happy if I discover that others failed as well. Misery loves company...Now here is to hoping Chelsea joins the party and Stoke city wins the league...Cheers!

gabu
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

C

haos reached its ultimate reckoning last weekend with Tony Hibbert looking assured at left back and Osman looking like a cultured ball playing midfielder before busting a gut to get to the back post for a Samuel Eto'o ball. Different chaos but chaos. If Kone scores the winner tonight I fear the world will end.

jelasfirsttouch
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

A

beautiful demonstration of why stats mean diddly-squat in football.

cheshire-gooner
WhoScored's PL Team Of 2014 So Far...

Footer 365

Transfer news: Yannick Bolasie won't be leaving Crystal Palace, says Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has vowed winger Yannick Bolasie will not leave Crystal Palace during the January transfer window.

Franz Beckenbauer among FIFA names being investigated by Michael Garcia

Franz Beckenbauer and three FIFA executive committee members are under investigation by ethics chief Michael Garcia.

International football: England up seven places in latest FIFA rankings

England have jumped seven places to 13th place in the latest FIFA rankings following a six-match winning run.

Mail Box

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

Mails: Quit Massaging Mourinho's Ego

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox after it was claimed that the Chelsea boss has transformed Cesc Fabregas into a complete player. Plus, more on Arsenal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property