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McLeish rejects talk of a crisis

Rangers manager Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish insists there is no crisis at Rangers, despite defeat away to Hibernian ushering in Rangers' worst-ever run without a victory.

"I wouldn't say it's a crisis," he said. "It looks like a crisis, but it hasn't reached the point of no return.

"As I said before, I'm not a quitter. The chairman made a statement last week and nothing has changed.

"We were victims of our own mistakes, but Hibs in the first half were better than anyone we have played all season."

Rangers chairman David Murray told McLeish he will review the manager's position in early December.

But, despite a heartening draw away to Porto in the Champions League, Rangers have now gone eight games without a victory.

I will fight on - just watch this space
Alex McLeish

McLeish, whose side sit 15 points behind Celtic, was taking heart from bottom side Dunfermline's victory away to the league leaders.

"That result shows things can still happen in this league," said McLeish.

"Getting everybody back fit would be a big help to us.

"If a new coach came in, he would still be without eight players.

"There is no magic wand in this game. Ask Sir Alex Ferguson. Ask the best of them.

"I would love to be able to get to the stage where things here are all rosy in the garden.

"But I am not yet looking at pastures new, although right now we have given the critics a field day. I will fight on - just watch this space."

Alex Rae hobbled out of the game at Easter Road with a thigh strain, while his replacement, Brahim Hemdani, was forced to play the final 25 minutes with a hamstring problem.

"We were effectively down to 10 men, but we had a go by pushing Marvin Andrews up front at the end," said McLeish.

"But Hibs gave us a bit of a doing."

Clydesdale Bank Premier League Table
30 January 2010 17:38
    P GD PTS
1 Rangers 23 40 54
2 Celtic 22 21 44

3 Hibernian 22 16 42
4 Dundee Utd 23 4 39

5 Motherwell 22 0 30
6 Hearts 23 -5 28
7 Aberdeen 21 -5 27
8 St Johnstone 20 -8 23
9 St Mirren 22 -11 20
10 Hamilton 21 -18 17
11 Kilmarnock 22 -15 16

12 Falkirk 21 -19 14

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