Bring On The Big Boys
Rangers want to be tested at the highest level in the cup
Ally McCoist wants to be tested against Premiership opposition in the next round of the Scottish Cup. He was pleased to see his side pass the test presented by Airdrieonians last night with a 3-0 home win. Rangers progressed to the fourth round thanks to Jon Daly who claimed a double and substitute David Templeton taking the credit for the other goal. Premiership opposition put paid to Rangers Scottish Cup ambitions last year when Dundee United won out in their meeting. However, McCoist his Scottish League One side are better equipped to compete with top-flight opposition this time around.He said: "It would be another test. If we get a Premiership side we will just have to deal with it when it comes. We've got a group of players who have had top SPL experience so I would be very hopeful we could give a good account of ourselves against a top team. I would take a home tie, which would be great. I think that's all you can ask for. I wouldn't start singling out teams who we would want or want to avoid. I don't think we are in a position to do that but if somebody could offer me a home draw I would take that."Daly's brace took his tally for the season so far to 14 goals, with him hitting a hot streak that delivered seven in the last four games. McCoist went on: "I'm delighted with Jon. His first goal was a great finish and the second one is the type of goal you would expect from the big fella. It's another two goals to his tally. I know he has set himself targets and I hope he is well on the way to reaching his targets and surpassing them."The manager was pleased to see Templeton, who has struggled to nail down a place in the side this season, also on the scoresheet. McCoist said: "He has done well. He has come on in games and had a very good and important impact for us. I've spoken to the lads who aren't starting and it's difficult for them but they have to be patient. You have to be fair to the boys in possession of the jersey for doing well."Airdrie were unable to play goalkeeper Scott Gallacher, who is on loan from Rangers, and brought in Tony Bullock on an emergency deal. Manager Gary Bollan was satisfied with the veteran’s display but admits a question mark remains over his future with the club. He said: "We got Tony in on Friday morning and he came in and did a job for me. Whether he's going to play again, we will have to see."
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