ALLY McCOIST believes the current Rangers team is under as much pressure to be successful this season as any Light Blues side in the club’s recent history.
The manager is looking to get his squad back to winning ways against Alloa in the Scottish cup tomorrow after seeing it beaten 3-0 by Inverness in midweek.
That League Cup reverse was a very stark reminder for Gers supporters of what level the club is presently at after it was voted out of the SPL in the summer.
While the first half with the Highlanders was quite even, the second saw the hosts ruthlessly exposed at Ibrox as a mixture of poor defending and decent attacking condemned them.
McCoist knows it is imperative for his men to improve – and not just this weekend when the take on the Wasps in Govan.
He feels what happened two nights ago has made many more realistic about the team’s true position now.
But that doesn’t stop him from demanding an upturn in the long run and he remains focused on his primary goal of winning promotion out of the Third Division.
McCoist said: “I’ve watched the game from Wednesday back a couple of times and I’ll stand by what I said about it afterwards.
“My opinion hasn’t changed. We weren’t too bad in the first half but we had opportunities to get the first goal which was always going to be important and we didn’t do that.
“We’ve looked at all of the goals again and all of us are left in no doubt that type of defending against anybody will not be good enough.
“I’m not going to say to anybody to take a reality check. We and the people within the club know where we are.
“I think Wednesday’s result has possibly made a few people more realistic of where the team is now but I do not and will not make excuses.
“That will never be the case but there has to be an appreciation of where the team is at the moment.
“We’re not underestimating the work which has to be done and believe me, there is lots and lots of it.
“The result and performance against Motherwell (in September’s League Cup tie) was great but with that said, the second half against Inverness was really poor.
“We’re not that good we can turn in performances as consistent as the one against Motherwell but I would hope we’re better than the goals we lost against Inverness.
“We’re somewhere in between and our main aim is to get out of our division. That will be progress for us this year.
“There’s certainly as much pressure on this Rangers team and the individuals within it to do that as there has been on any Rangers team in recent history.
“That’s just a fact, not an excuse. We all have to handle that – players have to handle it, coaches and managers have to handle it too.”