ALLY McCOIST paid tribute to Rangers’ fans for the way they backed their team at Celtic Park and over the weekend after this afternoon’s Old Firm defeat.

An approximate crowd of 10,000 Light Blues followers attended a protest rally against the SFA yesterday as it marched peacefully from Queen’s Park to Hampden.

The away end was then full at Parkhead today and although the travelling supporters saw their team beaten 3-0, they were defiant to the end.

Gers have a big week to look forward to now, with the SPL due to vote on several proposed rule amendments that could have a big bearing on the club’s future tomorrow.

The SFA are also likely to hear an appeal against a 12-month transfer embargo it imposed last Monday in the next few days.

Whatever the verdicts there, McCoist knows the incredible backing fans continue to give will be crucial as the Ibrox outfit looks to make forward strides.

He said: “The biggest positive for us today was the support we got. I’ve gone on record as saying the way the fans have responded to us has made me feel really, really humble.

“I’ve been involved in supporting Rangers for a great number of years now and I can never remember the bond between the support and the team being so strong.

“If there is anything we can take from this whole situation and mess, it’s that. That is wonderful and we have to keep that.

“It’s essential we keep our fanbase because they are the club. They make it tick and in times of adversity, it has been clear these people will march with us to the ends of the earth.”

Another positive for McCoist was a second-half comeback by Jamie Ness, who came on as a substitute for Rhys McCabe.

Although he was pitched into the action with his team already three goals behind, he made a good impression and showed some good touches.

Ness has been out of action for seven months because of injuries caused by the way he is growing but McCoist hopes that is behind him now.

He added: “Jamie is a player. I obviously don’t want to put any pressure on him but he takes the ball, passes it and does well.

“The only problem he has at the moment is he is very injury prone through no fault of his own, it has to be said.

“He has had a really, really tough time with injuries and his return was one of the real positives for us this afternoon too.”

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