McCoist: Well are the favourites

Ally McCoist believes Motherwell are the favourites over Rangers heading into their Scottish Communities League Cup tie.

Last Updated: 25/09/12 at 17:10 Post Comment

Ally McCoist: Expecting tough Motherwell battle

Ally McCoist: Expecting tough Motherwell battle

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Ally McCoist believes Motherwell are the favourites over Rangers heading into Wednesday's Scottish Communities League Cup tie at Ibrox.

Added to that, the Light Blues boss believes the third-round clash is the first time his club has ever gone into a domestic outing as underdogs.

Stuart McCall's men sit at the summit of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, while Rangers are still trying to settle into their new surroundings in the Irn-Bru Third Division following a summer of turmoil.

McCoist said: "I think Stuart and I will probably disagree on this one but I would have to say Motherwell are favourites.

"Being top of the SPL and the in-form side in the country at the moment, you'd have to say they would be favourites.

"It's not for that reason alone. We are in a transitional period, we are a completely new team."

On Rangers' underdog status, the manager added: "Let's be honest, it's probably the first time it's ever happened in the club's history.

"Going into any game domestically, you could argue that Rangers, even against Celtic, if not total favourites, would have been expected to win the game or come out of the game with a massive amount of credit for our performance level.

"The fact of the matter is, where the club is and with the new team, it's not a given that we're expected to beat Motherwell.

"It's not a bad thing. It's a learning curve and a realisation of where we are as a team."

Rangers were dumped out of the Ramsdens Cup on penalties against Queen of the South at Ibrox last week and McCoist is well aware of the size of task facing his side against the Steelmen.

He said: "Motherwell always gave us very difficult games when we had arguably £25million, £30million worth of talent.

"Nothing will change in the respect that they'll give our new team a very tough task.

"At this moment in time, Motherwell will fancy their chances against anybody in the country."

But he refused to write off Rangers' own chances of progressing in the competition.

McCoist said: "Favourites can be beaten and I believe that we can beat Motherwell tomorrow. We will be doing our damnedest to do that.

"The cup competitions would be the ideal situation to guide ourselves on how we're placed in terms of playing the top teams in the country.

"It won't be the end of the world if we don't win the tie but I firmly believe we can win."

McCoist spoke at the weekend of his weariness over the SPL's ongoing investigation into alleged undisclosed payments made by Rangers to players, in relation to Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs), during the previous Ibrox regime.

A hearing into the case takes place in November and, if found guilty, Rangers could be stripped of titles.

The manager - who celebrated his 50th birthday on Monday - again reiterated his desire to be allowed to look to the future following a turbulent period in the club's history.

He said: "It's the only thing that hasn't been dealt with and finalised.

"All I've asked for is an opportunity for the club to move forward now that we have got a reasonable level of stability, which is all we wanted - a playing field to go and play football, which we have now.

"The only stumbling block now is this scenario.

"I just want it totally out of the way so that we can officially move forward and get our great club back to where it belongs."


Click here for a completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

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