Dunfermline's Jim McIntyre confident of league survival

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre
Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre remains confident he has a squad capable of escaping relegation despite a 4-1 defeat to Rangers.

"We were up against a very good side," he said. "They have problems, but they've still got a lot of quality on the park.

"I don't feel 4-1 is a fair reflection on the game.

"I have no doubt in my mind that we will stay in the league. I think we've got the players."

The home side had forged ahead through Andy Kirk's 16th-minute effort, but Rangers stormed back to win with goals from David Healy, Lee McCulloch, Sone Aluko and Salim Kerkar.

However, McIntyre felt his side competed well with the champions and said: "The second goal is not a free-kick in the first place, which has led to it.

"We had one cleared off the line and had one off the line before the goal."

The East End Park manager will now look to rally his team for the battle ahead to move off the foot of the table, although they may not be able to count on Mark Kerr, who was forced out of the action.

McIntyre added: "He will go to the hospital and get an X-ray. We don't know, to be honest. He said he heard something.

"I don't know if it's a bone issue or whatever, I don't want to comment until I know the facts."