Alexander: Judge us next year
Ibrox number one Neil Alexander insists Rangers should be judged at the end of the season. The Glasgow giants have yet to adapt to life in Scottish football's bottom tier and have failed to win a game away from home in the Irn-Bru Third Division. They also suffered their first defeat of the season when they crashed out of the Ramsdens Cup on penalties to Queen of the South in midweek. Having come through such a turbulent period in the club's history, Alexander believes there perhaps needs to be a reality check in terms of expectations, but he is confident Rangers will come good in the end. The goalkeeper said: "It's difficult because this isn't the same Rangers as it was two years ago, five years ago, 10 years ago. "People are still making comparisons to that period of time. "We've just got to go out there on the pitch and win as many games as we can and see where that takes us; then judge us at the end of the season. "It was always going to be tough. Every away game is a cup final. Everyone tries their hardest against Rangers because it's Rangers coming to town. "We believe we've got a good enough squad and players to get good results. "It is very much early doors still. We have got a lot of new players, new faces, in the camp. "Rome wasn't built in a day as they say so hopefully we can gather everybody together and do well in the future." Boss Ally McCoist faces the task of lifting his players following the midweek defeat at Ibrox as they prepare to play host to Montrose in the league tomorrow, before SPL leaders Motherwell come calling in the Scottish Communities League Cup on Wednesday. Alexander said: "He's finding it hard to not show his disappointment and he's let the boys know how disappointed he is. "He's got to get the boys lifted and be positive around the place and get the boys going. "We've got a huge game on Sunday after two poor results and performances in the last two games. "Sunday is a big game and, if we can get a good performance and a good result, hopefully we can look ahead." The 34-year-old added: "You can always give more. Things aren't going as well as we would like on the pitch and we've got to look at where we are going wrong and what we can do to improve that. "We're certainly working hard on the training field trying to rectify where we think we're going wrong so hopefully that can benefit us in the upcoming games. "I think myself and Lee McCulloch are the only two senior players left from the team who won the league two years ago so it's going to take time. "There is that expectancy, which is totally understandable here at Rangers. The fans want us to win and there's that pressure at Rangers. A draw is a catastrophe. "It's going to take time but I believe we will get there in the end."
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