McCoist comforted by points lead over third-placed Celtic

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland
Rangers manager Ally McCoist
McCoist has steered his Rangers side to a nine-point lead at the top of the table

Rangers manager Ally McCoist admits the points gap his side have over Celtic is a comfort as the league campaign resumes after the international break.

The Ibrox side are nine points clear of Motherwell and 10 ahead of their Glasgow rivals.

But McCoist has warned against complacency with just over a quarter of the season gone.

"We're in a good position, in a healthy position at the moment but that's all it is," he said.

"There's no way we can take our foot off the gas.

"It is a comfort because make no mistake you go out to win games and create gaps.

"So at this moment in time we have a gap but I don't think we're even a quarter of the way through the season so for me to tell you there's anything other than miles to go would be wrong."

Rangers return to SPL action against St Mirren this weekend as they look to maintain or even improve their lead in the league table.

"There's no way we can start looking behind. We've got to look forward and we've got to continue winning games."

September's 'Manager of the Month' also welcomed the potential return of James McFadden to Scottish football.

The former Birmingham City player is training with Celtic but is understood to be generating interest from English clubs as well.

The Scotland international is training with Celtic at the moment and McCoist says the former Motherwell forward should be welcomed back to the Scottish game.

"Faddy is a talented player, very talented. No doubt about that. He's a smashing lad and having worked with him in the international set-up he's one of the players that takes a wee flash-back to the old Scottish days, he's a winger who can take people on he can score goals as we all know. He's scored some fantastic goals."

Asked then why Rangers were not interested in signing McFadden, McCoist said:

"Because we're quite happy with the squad at the moment. In wider areas we're not too bad - we've got Wylde, Matt McKay, Bedoya can play, Naismith so I would say we're reasonably happy in that department at the moment."

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