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Ally McCoist unhappy with Rangers' play against Celtic

Rangers assistant Ally McCoist
McCoist felt his Rangers team were below par against Celtic

Rangers assistant boss Ally McCoist expressed his displeasure that his team could not finish off 10-man Celtic in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox.

Rangers had an extra man advantage for nearly 40 minutes, after Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster was sent off - with the tie eventually ending 2-2.

"The main feeling is disappointment," McCoist told BBC Scotland.

"We didn't play so well. At 2-1 at the break against 10 men you have to fancy your chances of winning the game."

Rangers twice took the lead through an early Jamie Ness strike and a Steven Whittaker penalty, but Celtic came back to level each time thanks to goals from Kris Commons and Scott Brown.

Forster was sent off as he gave away the penalty for a foul on Steven Naismith, who was dismissed himself for a second booking for diving 15 minutes from full time.

Even though Rangers enjoyed a numerical advantage for so long, for large spells it was the depleted Celtic side who dictated play.

"We certainly had good chances to score and win the game," said McCoist. "But I think Celtic at least deserved a draw today.

"I didn't think we got to their full-backs quick enough. Izaguirre and Wilson were excellent for them going forward, and our own full-backs didn't attack enough.

Even though Celtic are at home we don't think it's advantage anybody, we've been there already this season and won 3-1

Ally McCoist

"It was a great strike from Jamie to get us into the lead, and that's the second derby in-a-row we started really well.

"And then we're really unlucky not to go two up when Steven Davis hit the bar.

"If that goes in it's a wonderful start, but it wasn't to be, and I just felt we took our foot off the pedal a little bit."

Naismith received his second yellow card as he tried to win a second Rangers penalty - one which McCoist felt should have been awarded.

"It looked a stonewall penalty to me," he said. "It was one of our best moves of the game and it looked like penalty.

"But if I was to pick a man-of-the-match it would be the referee today, so I'm not going to criticise him."

Rangers must now negotiate a replay at Celtic Park for the right to visit Inverness in the quarter-finals.

"Even though Celtic are at home we don't think it's advantage anybody.

"We've been there already this season and won 3-1.

"It gives us another tough game against Celtic, but we'll play better in the next game, and hopefully win."

Much of the pre-match attention was focussed on the inclusion of El-Hadji Diouf, who spat on a Celtic fan while playing for Liverpool in a Uefa Cup tie in Glasgow in 2003.

"I thought he did fine, he played the game well, and handled the situation very well," said McCoist.

"Once or twice there were people trying to wind him up and he walked away from it.

"I'm more than happy with his performance."



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Rangers 2-2 Celtic
06 Feb 11 |  Scottish Cups
Scottish Cup as it happened
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