SPL - McCoist makes losing start

Thu, 07 Jul 22:10:00 2011

Ally McCoist suffered defeat in his first 90 minutes as Rangers manager as the Scottish champions lost 1-0 to German minnows Sportfreunde Lotte in their opening pre-season match.

SPL - McCoist makes losing start

An experienced Rangers team drew a blank in the opening 45 minutes in the Solar-Technics Arena in Lotte, North Rhine-Westphalia.

But a much-changed outfit conceded to Simon Engelmann's volley just after the break and Rangers could not haul back the team from Regionalliga West, one of three regional divisions underneath the third tier of German football.

Rangers first-team coach Ian Durrant preferred not to read too much into the result, saying after the game: "The boys are still bedding in and they've still to get to the fitness levels they want to reach.

"We've taken this game on early and I think you can see there is still a bit of rustiness there. But we will get the opportunity to work on the training ground now and we will be ready for the next two games.

"We now have a good test against Bochum to look forward to and Leverkusen next week.

"All the boys will get minutes on the park but with it being our first game tonight there was wee silly mistakes here and there.

"But again we can't look too much into this result although the boss will be looking for a reaction when we take on Bochum."

Regarding new arrival Ortiz, Durrant said on the official Rangers website: "Juan is short of fitness and he's only had two days with the boys, he's still getting to know them.

"But he is going to be a great addition and it was nice to see Kirk Broadfoot and Lee McCulloch on the pitch again. They are important to our squad."

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