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Rangers boss Ally McCoist concedes that problems around the boardroom at Ibrox have been overshadowing the team's success in the league.

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Ally McCoist: Rangers boss accepts criticism comes with his role

Ally McCoist: Rangers boss accepts criticism comes with his role

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McCoist's team won the Third Division last season and can wrap up the League One title on Wednesday with a home win against Airdrie.

But the build-up to that match has also been overshadowed by Sunday's 1-1 draw with Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup quarter-final, when Rangers rescued a replay with a controversial equaliser 12 minutes from time.

McCoist has been on the end of fierce criticism from Rangers fans following the game, both for the team's performance and for his apparent acceptance of the result after claiming he was not embarrassed at failing to beat part-time opposition.

While McCoist has played down that comment, off the pitch the Rangers board recently required a £1.5m loan, 14 months after raising around £20m in a share issue, and the Rangers manager is resigned to the club making headlines for these reasons more than winning their division.

McCoist said: "I understand it totally. I've been here long enough. I know the club well enough to understand there are a lot of things that can affect just football results.

"If it was just football results, obviously a very disappointing performance and result on Sunday, but that aside if you just take a step back and look at the results, the consistency of the players in the league campaign it's been fantastic.

"Obviously there are other factors involved with the club as there has been for a number of years now, outside factors and indeed to different levels within the club which do take all the focus away from the football, but we've become used to that.

"But a Rangers manager is guaranteed one thing and that will be a level of criticism that comes his way. I 100 per cent expect and accept it."

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