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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Rangers boss eager to succeed

ESPN staff

Ally McCoist acknowledged his Rangers side were nervous ahead of their Scottish Communities League Cup tie against East Fife as the club played their first game at Ibrox since being liquidated.

The Light Blues boss realises the entire country will follow their campaign in the Scottish Third Division, result of their dramatic financial collapse in recent months and he was desperate not to let anyone down as they continue on the road to recovery.

Over 38,00 people attended the first-round clash, causing a 15-minute delay to kick-off due to queues outside the Ibrox.

Rangers eased to a 4-0 win against the Second Division outfit, thanks to a debut goal from Dean Shiels, a Lee McCulloch double and a Lee Wallace strike.

McCoist said: "It was strange before the game. I was really nervous myself because I wanted to win the game but I wanted to give the fans something they would be pleased seeing.

"I actually think it's a good thing. I don't think I've ever been involved in a game of football where I've not had nerves. But this was a big, big game for the club in terms of the supporters and putting on a performance.

"The eyes of the country have been on us and will continue to be on us this season. We don't want to let anyone down.''

Francisco Sandaza, Kevin Kyle and Emilson Cribani all arrived at Ibrox on Wednesday, taking McCoist's total to five signings for the summer.

The club are looking to add more depth to the squad, before potentially being hit with another 12-month transfer embargo, with Craig Beattie still on McCoist's radar.

Chief executive Charles Green told the club's official website: "We had to support Alistair in terms of bringing in new players because we have lost so many - about 24 - since the beginning of the year.

"People have to realise that we have to sign players for two seasons because of the transfer ban because it will be January 2014 before we can sign any more. So the board are backing him by bringing in these players.''

Green says he will reveal details next week of a share issue which will allow fans to invest in the club.

He added: "We had stockbrokers at the game and I'm sure they were impressed by what they saw.

"We hope to come out next week with more details of the timetable of the programme and the structure of the share issue because we want fans to become involved in the club.

"Then they can become part of what we are trying to build here. It's the beginning of a journey. The dark days are behind us. I'm sure there will be some hurdles ahead of us but together we can do remarkable things.''




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