Ally McCoist proud of Rangers players under redundancy threat

Davis, Little and Kerkar all scored for Rangers at Caledonian Stadium
Davis, Little and Kerkar all scored for Rangers at Caledonian Stadium

Rangers manager Ally McCoist praised his players' collective spirit in beating Inverness 4-1 days before the possibility of losing their jobs.

"Everybody needed a boost, players, management team, coaches, all the staff at the stadium, all the staff at Murray Park and, indeed, every one of those fans," he told BBC Scotland

"And, boy, would they have got a boost today, because it was a terrific performance.

"Overall, we really were outstanding."

McCoist was delighted with his side's four goals in Inverness
McCoist was delighted with his side's four goals in Inverness

McCoist, minus players through suspension and injury, handed a first start to midfielder Salim Kerkar, Andy Little was given a rare place up front, while young Ross Perry was in defence.

Kerkar and Little scored a goal apiece and had a hand in the others by Steven Davis and Lee McCulloch.

"I am so proud of them," said McCoist. "They epitomised the spirit within the club and everybody needed that.

"Andy Little, Salim Kerkar, Perry. We've always had a lot of faith in these boys and they've always waited patiently.

"Today, they got that and, safe to say, I think they took it.

"Andy's had a really tough time with injury, but we said to him to keep going and you'll get your opportunity - and, boy, did he take it today."

McCoist thought the central midfield pairing of captain Davis and Maurice Edu had been "sensational".

"The two of them have stepped up to the plate in recent weeks, with the exception of the first half last week," he said recalled the disappointing home defeat by Kilmarnock.

"It really wasn't about individuals. It was a collective unit and a collective performance.

"The last two weeks have been overshadowed by events off the park, but what we are and what we should never forget is we are a football club and we are all paid to play football and put a winning team on the park."

Davis, though, admitted he was feeling the pressure of the club's off-the-field problems.

"Without doubt, it's been one of the most testing times in my career," he said.

"We've tried to stick together and do ourselves justice."

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