McCoist eyes Old Firm boost

24 March 2012 09:46

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is determined his players can be the ones celebrating after Sunday's Old Firm derby with soaraway SPL leaders Celtic.

If Motherwell fail to beat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday afternoon, the Hoops will have the opportunity to win the title at the home of their greatest rivals for the first time since 1967.

But McCoist believes his team are capable of upsetting the odds, and said: "I'm going to state the obvious - I want our boys to be celebrating at the end of the game after hopefully picking up a hard-earned three points."

He added: "The importance of the Old Firm at any time is massive and it's really important we go out and play with pride and play in a fashion that does Rangers proud."

Fuelling McCoist's belief that an upset could be on the cards are results such as Kilmarnock's Scottish Communities League Cup triumph over the Hoops last weekend.

Neil Lennon's Celtic were on course for a domestic treble ahead of that clash at Hampden.

Rangers saw their own hopes of retaining the championship all but end when they were docked 10 points by the Scottish Premier League after entering administration last month.

Since then the Ibrox men have lost three out of four matches and a fourth consecutive home defeat would be unprecedented in their history.

McCoist said: "The fact that Celtic are favourites for the game doesn't bother me in the slightest."

Source: PA