McCoist hails Rangers side after win over St Johnstone

Rangers boss Ally McCoist
McCoist was delighted to register his first competitive win as Rangers boss

Rangers manager Ally McCoist hailed his side's display after their comfortable 2-0 win over St Johnstone.

"We're delighted with the win and the performance," he told BBC Scotland after his first competitive win in charge at Ibrox.

Goals from Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic secured victory in a game where Lee Wallace also impressed.

"From where I am at the moment, we're delighted. It was a deserved victory," said McCoist.

Rangers had started the game looking to bounce back from the midweek Champions League qualifying first leg defeat by Malmo and a draw against Hearts on the opening day of the season.

"Before the game, I thought it was going to be important to start the game a lot better than we had done in the previous two," McCoist said.

"I think in the first 45 minutes we certainly did that. We got the break with a great delivery from Lee Wallace and a terrific header.

"It was very warm out there and I think the last 15 minutes looked as though it was taken its toll.

"In terms of the sharpness and the fitness, it's probably the best - for an hour - that it's been this season."

McCoist praised defender Dorin Goian, who made his debut following his move from Palermo.

"He was comfortable and made good use of the ball - which isn't a priority for a centre back," said the Rangers boss.

"He stood his ground and held the line well and is a good organiser: overall, I'm very pleased with him."

McCoist admitted he was still "very hopeful" that Goian would be eligible to face Malmo in the second leg of their Champions League qualiifer on Wednesday.

"Uefa have passed the matter back to the SFA and hopefully he'll be available."

McCoist said the win over St Johnstone augured well for the trip to Sweden and that his side were more than capable of winning the tie.

The Rangers boss said he remained hopeful that his efforts to strengthen his squad would pay dividends in the coming days.

"I want to have a squad of players who can compete at all levels," he added. "And, until we do that, we want be happy."

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