Rangers were nervous at Ibrox, says manager Ally McCoist

Dean Shiels celebrates his goal at Ibrox
A deflected strike from Dean Shiels gave Rangers victory at Ibrox

Manager Ally McCoist admits Rangers' unconvincing 1-0 win over Cowdenbeath was a fraught occasion for his players.

But he was happy to take maximum points following the shock midweek Petrofac Training Cup loss to Alloa.

"Contrary to what a lot of people think, Ibrox is not an easy place to play when things aren't going well," said McCoist.

"There were nerves knocking about but you must attempt to do the right things."

A crowd of 28,137 - the lowest league attendance at Ibrox since December 1986 - turned up to see a goal from Dean Shiels settle a game low on thrills.

And the victory keeps Rangers nine points behind Championship leaders Hearts.

"It doesn't matter if there's 1,000 or 50,000 because the job is still the same," added McCoist.

"The players have got a responsibility to go out and do their jobs. I'd much rather there was 50,000 every week but it's not an excuse - the focus is the same.

Ally McCoist
"We sat and watched the Alloa goals again and it was painful."

"I just wanted to win the game and bounce back from the result on Wednesday and get three points and we did and I'm pleased at the outcome.

"I could have been happier if we'd scored more goals and enjoyed it a lot more in the last 15 or 20 minutes

"I don't think anyone could say we didn't deserve to win the game but a lack of clinical finishing made it a rather sweaty final 10 minutes."

Despite throwing away three goals in the final 17 minutes against Alloa, McCoist made just one change to his starting line-up, with Shiels replacing the injured Lewis Macleod.

"I felt if we went with the same back four there was pressure on them to perform after a poor performance," he said. "We sat and watched the Alloa goals again and it was painful.

"But it's something you've got to do. I watched it on Thursday and I watched it with the boys on Friday morning. I've sat through it twice. I'm a bit of a masochist!

"We just felt there was a bit of pressure on them because you can't afford to make those mistakes again and thankfully they kept a clean sheet."

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