WHILE hugely disappointed with Rangers’ Scottish Cup exit to Dundee United, Ally McCoist believes the 90-minute performance highlighted a lot of his side’s strengths and a few of its weaknesses as well.

For large spells the League One champions dominated today’s semi-final tie against their Premiership opponents and had they taken the goalscoring chances that came their way, particularly in the first half, the outcome could have been altogether different.

McCoist will no doubt ponder what could have been this evening and over the next couple of days but there are a lot of positives he’ll be able to focus on as he prepares his side for their next league match on Tuesday night against Forfar at Ibrox.

The manager however also admits the 3-1 defeat to United reinforces his belief that his squad will need strengthened as the journey continues back to the top of the Scottish game.

Speaking after the final whistle today he said: “We’ve still got miles to go. It’s just confirmed what we’ve always thought.

“I’ve reckoned we had a side of top flight ability and I think that’s maybe been shown to be the case today.

“But it’s also confirmed that we’ve got a long, long way to go. The last two defeats have just confirmed to us what we need to do and what we need to add to the team and the squad, shorter term and longer term.

“I think we’re better than we were 14 months ago but we need to be better again next year and we need to keep on improving.”

Losing three goals at Ibrox was of course disappointing for McCoist but he knew all about the threat Jackie McNamara’s men would pose in attack.

He said: “What I would say is that their front four are more than capable of exposing any defence in Scotland.

“We were caught out at times by a very, very good Dundee United attack at times.

“I think they scored five goals against Inverness in the previous round so they are more than capable of doing that to any team in the country.”

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