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Scottish Championship: Ally McCoist wants more from Rangers

Last Updated: 16/08/14 11:17am

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Ally McCoist says Rangers are not yet at their best

Ally McCoist says Rangers are not yet at their best

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist says his side have plenty of room for improvement, despite Friday night's 2-0 win at Falkirk.

McCoist's men bounced back from last week’s defeat to Hearts by claiming their first Scottish Championship victory of the season.

But Falkirk were on top for long periods and Rangers needed a pair of great saves from Cammy Bell to remain level, before Lewis MacLeod found the net with a deflected 78th-minute shot and Nicky Clark added a second six minutes later.

"The performance was not as good as we had hoped, that goes without saying," said McCoist.

"I don't think we have started the season playing as well as we can.

"I cannot put my finger on why it is not quite clicking, because we have got good players. We can and we will do better.

"I thought our goalkeeper had a couple of fantastic saves at the start of the second half.

"I thought we then missed a couple of chances ourselves – good chances - one which went over the bar from Lee McCulloch, and Nicky Clark then had a header. At that point you wonder how the game is going to go.

"But, certainly now, probably more than at any other time, the result was the most important thing. We had to get back to winning ways after a disappointing result against Hearts.

"When we are not playing well it is important that we stay solid as a unit and make ourselves difficult to play through. I felt we did that part OK."

Kenny Miller had to be substituted after 56 minutes with a hamstring injury and is now a doubt for Monday's Challenge Cup match against Clyde.

"Kenny Miller had a little bit of a tight hamstring when we were in North America and thankfully he has read the script and told us when he felt it tighten up again," said McCoist.

"We didn't want to take any chances, as it is just the second league game in a long campaign.

"He is certainly a doubt for the next game on Monday but, if we had kept him on, it would have become more serious."

Falkirk boss Peter Houston said: "It was very disappointing because I thought for 75 minutes we were the better team.

"Cammy Bell has had a couple of wonder-saves. Our goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald had a long-range shot from Lee McCulloch in the first half to deal with and very little after that.

"I am gutted for the players. We were pushing to score but at the other end it takes one wicked deflection and that has absolutely killed us.

"The nature of the goal does make it harder to take."

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