Football - McCoist: Peterhead game was a lesson

Ally McCoist admits Rangers were given an education about life in the Irn-Bru Third Division by Peterhead in their opening league game of the season.

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Football - McCoist: Peterhead game was a lesson

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Ally McCoist is hoping to see a much-improved display at Peterhead after season-opening 2-2 draw

A scrappy last-gasp equaliser allowed the Light Blues to rescue a 2-2 draw from their first ever league match outside Scottish football's top-flight in August. McCoist now wants his players to show they have learned from the lessons handed out that day when they return to Balmoor on Sunday.

He said: "It was introduction that will be with me for many years.

"Looking back, it was an education. Never mind the players, it was an education for the staff - myself included.

"We got an unbelievable welcome at Peterhead that day until the referee's first whistle and that's the way you would expect it. It showed us how difficult away matches and the opposition will be.

"A good number of our away matches have been televised and that certainly makes the opposition well up for the game. Our boys are used to playing in front of the cameras, the opposition aren't. But, believe me, they don't freeze. They do the complete opposite.

"They raise their game and good on them for doing that. It will be the same again on Sunday."

Rangers appear to have got over the problems they encountered on the road early in the campaign, but McCoist warned they will still have to work hard for any rewards, particularly away from home.

He added: "Most of the SFL teams will fancy their chances at home. Peterhead did enough in the first game, and in the game at Ibrox, to fancy their chances of getting something out of this game.

"With a bit of luck, our fans will know what to expect and so will our players. Anything we get, we will have to earn. We will have to get the sleeves rolled up and match their natural aggression to go and win the game."

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