Defeat not wake-up call - McCoist

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Defeat to Queen of the South disappointed Rangers boss Ally McCoist
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Defeat to Queen of the South disappointed Rangers boss Ally McCoist

Ally McCoist claimed Rangers' dramatic Ramsdens Cup exit at the hands of Queen of the South was not a wake-up call for his players.

Rangers have yet to win a game away from home in the Irn-Bru Third Division. But Second Division leaders Queens went a step further by inflicting Rangers' first defeat of the campaign following a tense penalty shoot-out at Ibrox after the third round tie remained deadlocked at 2-2 after extra-time.

"I don't think it's a wake-up call. It's a big disappointment," said McCoist.

"If any of the team were needing a wake-up call, then I hope that's it, that's for sure. It's certainly not a wake-up call for me - it's just a massive disappointment.

"We were all aware of how difficult the game would be against a good Queen of the South side who are doing well in the league and who knocked Hibs out of the League Cup. We were aware of how difficult the game was going to be so it's a big disappointment for me.

"If any the boys were needing a wake-up call, I hope that's it, but I don't think they were to be honest."

Nicky Clark opened the scoring for Queen of the South, before Barrie McKay levelled and Lee McCulloch netted from the penalty spot. The visitors then forced the tie into extra-time thanks to Gavin Reilly's strike deep into injury-time, which was allowed to stand despite furious claims of offside by Rangers players.

McCoist added: "It's a sore one, that's for sure. It's really, really disappointing to get beat and knocked out in the manner we did. I'm not sure there was an awful lot between the teams.

"I thought we'd probably done enough to hold on when we got the second goal and we were down to 10 men so I was disappointed with the manner in which we lost the goal as well.

"I haven't seen it again but a couple of the boys were telling me it was our throw-in and that the lad looked a yard offside. But, that aside, we should probably still be defending it a bit better."

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