Rangers: Embarrassed Ally McCoist eyes signings after draw

New Rangers signing Anestis Argyriou and goalkeeper Neil Alexander show their disappointment
New Rangers signing Anestis Argyriou and goalkeeper Neil Alexander show their disappointment

Ally McCoist said he would go back into the transfer market after being left embarrassed by Rangers' display in a draw with Berwick Rangers.

The Ibrox side were fortunate to escape with a 1-1 scoreline which leaves them fourth in Division Three.

"I am angry, I am disappointed, I'm embarrassed," Rangers manager McCoist told BBC Scotland.

"We need to get bodies in and bodies in of quality, because that's unacceptable."

Former AEK Athens defender Anestis Argyriou made his debut at Shielfield Park the day after becoming McCoist's seventh summer signing.

The Greek had an uncertain performance at left-back and McCoist explained that Argyriou more usually plays on the other flank but had been forced to fill in because of injury problems.

"I am hoping that, in the next week, we'll get a bit of activity in terms of personnel," said McCoist. "That's an absolute must."

Despite that, the manager thought that the present squad ought to have sufficient quality to put in a better display despite having lost some top players after financial problems led to a new start in the bottom tier.

"That is arguably the worst performance I've seen in a long, long time from any Rangers team," said McCoist.

"Careless attitude, careless passing, not enough people wanting the ball, not enough people demanding the ball, not enough people going into dangerous areas.

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Interview - Rangers manager Ally McCoist

"Just, from start to finish, a totally lacklustre, not good enough performance."

In contrast, McCoist praised Berwick for the way they applied themselves.

"They deserve the plaudits and you could argue that they were unlucky not to get a winner at the end of the game," he said.

"It was clearly evident that they certainly put themselves about and work very hard, which every team in this league is going to do against us.

"You've got to work hard no matter what league you're in."

Berwick Rangers manager Ian Little was delighted that his game plan, including dropping Fraser McLaren on the bench, had worked.

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Interview - Berwick Rangers manager Ian Little

"We had a plan to keep possession of the ball and I thought we did that quite well," he said.

"I knew, with Fraser on the bench, we had a good sub who would come on and give them problems and that's what happened.

"We've been playing him more up front instead of going wide and he's had a lot of good chances and he's not taken many.

"But he got his chance today and he put it away."

Some in the Berwick camp were left mystified by referee Mike Tumilty's decision to rule out a late winner after Chris Townsley found the net.

"I've not seen the corner yet," said Little. "They are saying there's nothing in it and I'll be disappointed if that's the case.

"I can't say I'm disappointed overall. At the end of the day, it's Rangers and you have to be happy with the point."

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