McCoist dismisses tunnel row
Rangers boss Ally McCoist has shrugged off a tunnel row between Kirk Broadfoot and Manuel Pascali as 'handbags'.
Last Updated: 28/09/11 11:21am
Rangers boss Ally McCoist has shrugged off a tunnel row between Kirk Broadfoot and Manuel Pascali as 'handbags' after his side beat Kilmarnock.
The pair clashed following the full-time whistle at Ibrox on Tuesday night after the Gers emerged 2-0 victors in the Scottish Premier League encounter.
McCoist, who believes both were given yellow cards by referee Willie Collum, says he witnessed the whole incident and was keen to play it down afterwards.
He said: "I played here for 15 years and that wouldn't rate in the top 25 of tunnel incidents.
"I'm not trying to play it down but it was absolutely nothing. I think the two players got a yellow card.
"I could sit and give you an hour on the incidents you would like to hear about but that was genuinely nothing.
"I saw the whole thing and it was like two boys in the playground. It was handbags, that's exactly what it was."
Second half goals from Nikica Jelavic and Gregg Wylde sealed a hard-fought victory after the opening 45 minutes ended goalless.
Rangers appeared to miss the influence of Steven Naismith, who was handed a retrospective ban by the Scottish Football Association earlier this week for elbowing Austin McCann during Saturday's 4-0 win at Dunfermline.
Naismith was the first player to be tried under the SFA's new Fast Track Procedures and Rangers accepted the two-match ban, rather than fight the charge of violent conduct.
Asked whether Rangers felt Naismith's absence, McCoist added: "We've won the game.
"I'm not going to say we didn't miss him because I would far rather he was in the squad and available for selection, which he wasn't.
"He is obviously out for the weekend as well and I'm a much happier man when he is in the squad and in the team."
The win allowed Rangers to stretch their lead over Celtic to seven points at the summit of the SPL.
McCoist said: "Celtic have a game in hand and there are miles to go. I would have to say our league results and form have been good so, in that respect, it's a good place to be."