Ally McCoist puzzled by tame Rangers

Rangers boss Ally McCoist (left) and St Johnstone counterpart Steve Lomas
McCoist (left) watched his side labour to a 0-0 draw with St Johnstone

Manager Ally McCoist was left to rue another limp Rangers display after an international break.

"We didn't play anything like we can and we looked a little bit off it for the majority of the afternoon," he said after the 0-0 draw with St Johnstone.

"We always seem to have these conversations after the international breaks.

"I'm getting a little bit sick of that because I don't look on it as a reason or an excuse."

The Scottish Premier League leaders lacked a cutting edge at Ibrox, allowing Saints to return to Perth with a share of the points from new boss Steve Lomas' first game in charge.

Rangers also drew with St Mirren at home following the last international break and were short on numbers, with Gregg Wylde suspended and Sasa Papac, David Weir, Lee Wallace, Kyle Bartley, David Healy and Steven Naismith all injured.

But, as far as McCoist was concerned, his players simply were not good enough.

"We've got a few injuries but everybody throughout the season will get a few injuries," he added. "There's no doubt about that.

"The biggest concern for me and the biggest disappointment was the overall team performance for me.

"We needed a bit more width and we didn't have that - it was disappointing that Gregg Wylde wasn't available for selection. When we don't have any real width it hinders us in terms of creating chances."

The result allowed Celtic to close the gap on the defending champions to 10 points after their 2-0 win at Inverness earlier in the day.

But McCoist said: "We are doing all right. It was a disappointing result - that's all it was.

"We didn't play well enough today. I'm not going to start worrying about momentum.

"We've had some great results and some really good performances.

"It was a poor performance and not a good result today but you are going to get games like that throughout a season."

McCoist also felt there was no need to make any panic signings in the wake of the draw, with former Aberdeen winger Sone Aluko currently on trial with Rangers.

He said: "It would be an option but I'm not making any knee-jerk reactions or decisions.

"It's a disappointing 90 minutes for us - it's no more than that. That's not to say we are not looking to continue the progress in the squad and the team."

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