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Stranraer Criticism Deserved

Manager Ally McCoist has said Rangers deserve all the criticism that will now come their way following the performance against Stranraer.

Speaking to the Official Site following the one all draw, the gaffer was far from happy himself, but freely admitted that our opponents on the day more than merited and deserved a share of the points on offer as a draw was the fair result and we didn't deserve anything else.

'They absolutely deserved it. We weren't particularly good in the first half, although we probably deserved to be a goal ahead. We had a chat at half time but we looked like a team which hadn't played for three weeks to be honest.'

McCoist goes on to say that for the season so far the players have deserved the praise that has gone their way, but the display was poor and 'we deserve the criticism which goes with it.'

Having already said we weren't particularly good in the first 45, the disappointment for the gaffer was he felt we were worse in the second half in which we really looked lethargic and we just couldn't muster a spark to get ourselves going, and the changes didn't really have an impact either.

Unfortunately it also brings to an end all hopes of equalling or beating the record of 22 consecutive wins but 20 on the bounce is nothing to sniff at and for the gaffer he's not concerned with that at the moment describing records as 'nice' but a secondary thing, his focus is on ensuring we don't perform that badly again because that's where his disappointment is.

Lewis Macleod also echoed the thoughts of the gaffer following the game in terms of it being a poor showing, and he more than understood the reaction of the fans at full time, saying he'd have reacted the same way if he was in the stands.

'The standard was bad. We were far from our best and we could see the draw coming so we got what we deserved. We've said all along the only team which will beat us is ourselves. We were moaning as well but the game is past us now and we've just got to look ahead.'

The key for Macleod now is that Rangers really show a reaction against Dunfermline, get back to winnings way but importantly a good standard of performance in the game to show that this was just an unfortunate blip.

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Date:Friday December 27 2013

Time: 9:29PM


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