ALLY McCOIST has warned his Rangers players to guard against Brechin ruining flag day by stopping the Light Blues from winning this weekend.

City will make just their fifth trip to Govan tomorrow for their League One opener against the 54-times Scottish champions.

The Glebe Park outfit is yet to avoid defeat in a competitive meeting with Gers and has only ever scored three times against them.

That doesn’t stop McCoist being wary of a side which came third in the old Second Division last term and which took his team to extra-time in the Ramsdens Cup a year ago.

He said: “They’ll handle things absolutely fine and we’ve obviously had them watched a couple of times against Peterhead and Stranraer.

“We’ll continue to do our homework and respect the opposition because it’s a big day for them.

“Brechin have already had a big day against us last year so they’ve experienced the occasion before.

“I’ve no doubt they will want to come and be party poopers tomorrow. I know if I was in the Brechin side I’d certainly want to go and do that.”

McCoist takes his team into this weekend’s game off the back of a turbulent last few days at the club at boardroom level.

The manager hopes that doesn’t negatively influence the way his players perform against Brechin but concedes the turmoil might have had some kind of impact.

Asked if he feels off-field events have had an effect on the club’s new signings in particular, McCoist admitted: “I would hazard a guess and say yes.

“I haven’t spoken to the players about it in any great detail other than to point out that this is life at Rangers.

“It never used to be like this but we’re obviously under scrutiny for other reasons than footballing ones and you can understand that.

“It has certainly been an education for some of the younger boys and the new signings, who probably now realise the stature and the coverage the club gets. It’s different here.”

McCoist says he’s relishing the opportunity to take Rangers up into the third tier of Scottish football as it moves into a new era under one body, the SPFL.

And he is optimistic of creating many more good memories in the months ahead akin to some of the best ones experienced in 2012/13.

McCoist added: “I really am looking forward to it. The welcome we received last year at Elgin and Berwick and all these places was absolutely fantastic.

“I don’t have any doubt we’ll get the same this year, whether it’s at Stranraer, Stenhousemuir, Brechin, Forfar or wherever.

“I think we’ll get another tremendous welcome and I just hope we can return their hospitality in due course.

“It’s stage two of the big adventure if you like. We were treated superbly last year and I don’t have any doubts – it’ll be exactly the same this time.”

In other news, a deal has been mutually agreed to bring Kal Naismith’s contract with the club to an end.

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