Rangers Win League Despite Draw

Rangers boss Ally McCoist has told fans they will see a big improvement next season as the club continues its journey back to the top of Scottish football.

The Light Blues clinched the Irn-Bru Third Division title at the weekend but McCoist acknowledged that some performances and results were not up to standard during a gruelling campaign. 

With stage one of the recovery now complete, the manager's long association with Rangers means he knows more than most that expectations will only continue to grow. 

He said: ``It's pretty much mission accomplished. 

``I fully appreciate, towards the end of the campaign, that performances certainly dipped a little bit. There is no doubt about it. 

``There were one or two reasons for that and the injuries and suspensions we had didn't help. 

``When we set out at the start of the season, the main objective was to win the league and get out of the division and that has been accomplished. 

``Can we do better? Yes. Will we do better? Yes.'' 

He added: ``What we achieved this season is the first step in our long road to full recovery. 

``You have to start somewhere and it has started, thankfully, but we've still got a long way to go. We know what's required. 

``Having played here for 15 years, and been here for another six or seven on top of that, I know as well as anybody what's expected at this club in terms of standards, results, performances, achievements. 

``I know what's required and I will continue to strive, along with the staff here, to get those levels of consistency and achievement back up. 

``It won't be easy but it's a challenge we are really looking forward to.'' 

Rangers fans have backed the club in vast numbers this season and McCoist is confident their support will continue next term. 

He said: ``Without the fans, there is no club. 

``I know Charles Green and the consortium came in and that was great and we are very thankful for that. 

``But, without the fans' season tickets, we wouldn't have been able to play really. 

``The fans have certainly done their bit to save the club and we are incredibly appreciative of that. 

``I don't have any doubts that, moving on, they will continue their support. They have been wonderful.'' 

Supporters have hotly debated whether the latest championship success should be added to the club's world record 54 titles tally or should be regarded as a stand alone honour as a result of its lower league status. 

McCoist's own view on the issue was clear when he stated: ``It's definitely title 55 - I don't think there is any doubt about that. 

``In terms of major championships, it's not one of those. But you can only win what's in front of you and I hope it's title 56 next year.''