Forfar Athletic 0 - 2 Rangers

Match info: Scottish League One at Station Park

Date: 20/01/2014 KO: 19:45 Ref: Att: 2,067

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers




Bilel Mohsni 75
David Templeton 90

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: January 20 2014, 23:59 GMT

Rangers boss Ally McCoist defended the cash-strapped club's decision to book his team into a four-star hotel ahead of Monday night's 2-0 win over Forfar.

McCoist: Determined to give players best chance to perform
McCoist: Determined to give players best chance to perform

The Glasgow giants lost £14.4million in the 13 months up to June and are reportedly spending £1million a month more than they bring in.

Ibrox chief executive Graham Wallace has been tasked with plugging the financial blackhole but failed to persuade the first-team to accept a 15 per cent pay cut last week.

But news that McCoist and his side spent the night at the Carnoustie Hotel making their way to Station Park drew fresh criticism about the level of spending at the club.

However, McCoist - who will meet with Wallace later this week to discuss their cost-cutting plans - said: "I can understand people questioning it but it's my job as Rangers manager to give our players the best opportunity we can to perform.

"We are still Rangers Football Club and have always attempted to be as professional as we can.

"That will never change as long as I'm manager.

"To give the players the opportunity to play as well as they can you have to prepare as well as you can. We will continue to do that until I'm told otherwise."

Rangers were well short of offering their travelling support value for money against the Loons but eventually got the job done to extend their lead at the top of League One to 20 points.

Stuart Malcolm hit the bar with a header after three minutes while keeper Steve Simonsen, standing in for Cammy Bell who was attending the birth of his daughter, had to make an impressive reflex stop to save Lee McCulloch from putting through his own net on 80 minutes.

That block came after Bilel Mohsni had headed the Light Blues ahead with quarter of an hour left following Fraser Aird's pin-point corner.

David Templeton added a second in the final minute with a curling shot that beat former Celtic stopper Rab Douglas.

But McCoist denied the recent off-field dramas had affected his players.

"I don't think there was any hangover," he said. "What was evident is we have a solid, good squad of boys who want to do well and will work hard to achieve it.

"When you have that it's fantastic and it's all you can ask for. It's just a shame the off field stuff has taken the focus off some of the results this season. We're 20 points clear and they're doing a great job."

Forfar boss Dick Campbell was impressed by his side's opponents.

"Get off Rangers' backs," he said. "The goals they scored were magnificent. World class.

"Honestly, Barcelona couldn't defend those two goals. Credit to them, their quality beat us. You would expect that because they are full-time, while I have got plumbers and boys coming off the boats at half five to play. So I have no excuses."

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