Stenhousemuir 0 - 0 Rangers

Match info: Scottish League One at Ochilview Park

Date: 14/12/2013 KO: 17:30 Ref:

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Postponed : Weather

  • Last Updated: December 14 2013, 19:23 GMT

Rangers boss Ally McCoist backed the decision to postpone Saturday's clash with Stenhousemuir - claiming 70mph winds at Ochilview would have turned the game into a farce.

There was no action at Ochilview Park.
There was no action at Ochilview Park.

The Ibrox side were due to face their League One opponents at the Warriors' 2,600-capacity home, as they went in search of a 21st successive victory.

But the match was called off when the extreme weather which battered Scotland for most of the day caused structural damage to a temporary stand erected to house the Glasgow giants' large travelling support.

Heavy downpours also caused flooding outside the ground and the decision to cancel the match was made just two hours before the scheduled 5.30pm kick-off.

McCoist told the official Rangers website: "It's 100 per cent the right decision. I spoke to Gary McAllister who was working with BT Sport today and he told me the conditions were horrendous.

"He said it would be farcical to try and play the game in those conditions and that is good enough for me because safety is of paramount importance in these situations.

"It's not just fans in the stadium, it's fans travelling to the game as well that you have to consider, so for all these reasons the correct decision has been made."

Rangers have won every game they have played since exiting the League Cup to Forfar back in August.

But the Ibrox boss was more concerned about supporters' safety than gaining another set of three points.

McCoist said: "We are disappointed because the boys are on a great run but we can put that to one side just now and we're totally behind the decision in terms of the safety aspect of it."

Meanwhile, Press Association Sport understands McCoist has been given the current Rangers board's "100 per cent" backing.

Sources close to the rebel group of shareholders hoping to land directorships when the club holds its annual general meeting on Thursday have suggested the first-team manager is "disliked" by the members of the current regime.

But a Rangers spokesman said: "Ally was told only yesterday by CEO Graham Wallace that the board are 100 per cent behind the manager."

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