Club News


Sun 11 Nov 2012

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally was keen to stress the positives after his side performed admirably in their 2-0 defeat at Ibrox.

McInally had hoped to frustrate the home fans and turn them against their own team, and largely succeeded as his side held out for 43 minutes before Lee McCulloch glanced home the opener with a header from Ian Black's corner.

"It's fine playing Rangers at Balmoor; it's a home game and the crowd isn't as big. To then come to Ibrox, it's a massive difference. We had a generally a young team out there and I thought they coped with it well.

"We came with a game plan. I wasn't going to go gung-ho because Rangers would take us apart. I was here last week [for the 7-0 win over Alloa], so we had a plan to keep it tight and try and counter.

"You've got to use everything in your favour, and try to turn the crowd against the home team.

"We were doing OK because Rangers' best chance came from a short pass-back from our player. the goal just before half-time was a blow, but we didn't change at half-time because the Rangers fans will demand they score a second so they couldn't just hold onto the ball if they wanted to."

It could have been a different story had Rory McAllister been able to net a glorious chance after just five minutes, the striker hitting the crossbar after taking advantage of a loose header from Black.

"We should have scored first. It was a bad miss from Rory, and nine out of ten times you would expect him to put it away.

McAllister passed up another good opportunity in the second half when he headed Ryan Strachan's free-kick straight at Neil Alexander, and almost immediately the home side bagged their second through Lee Wallace.

McInally continued "Rangers scored their second at a good time because we had just missed a good chance and the crowd were starting to get a wee bit edgy.

"Overall, I wanted to go away with some positives and I think we got that."

A full match report is now available.