April will be defining month for Rangers on silverware targets

A WEEK is a long time in football.

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Rangers captain Lee McCulloch and manager Ally McCoist celebrate after becoming Scottish League One champions
Rangers captain Lee McCulloch and manager Ally McCoist celebrate after becoming Scottish League One champions

And Ally McCoist has been through enough in recent years to know he can afford to take nothing for granted and look too far ahead.

His focus is on Sunday's League One trip to Brechin, but it is the next month that will make or break Rangers' season as they set their sights on yet more silverware.

The coming four weeks will define where Rangers are heading on and off the field as Graham Wallace prepares to announce the results of his widespread review of the club.

It will also determine just how successful the champions' season has been and whether they are Treble heroes or nearly men.

Having already wrapped up the League One title, Rangers are now bidding for Ramsdens Cup and Scottish Cup glory, with the fixtures against Raith Rovers and Dundee United on consecutive April weekends the biggest of the campaign.

For once, Rangers will take to the field with no boardroom distractions, the temporary truce called between the Ibrox hierarchy and the Dave King and Union of Fans alliance a welcome reprieve for McCoist after months of animosity.

"Yes, of course it is. I think it's good for everybody at the club," he said of the ceasefire.

"They have time to do what they have to do and perhaps we can concentrate more on football matters, because it's a great month for the club.

"The league title is in the bag and we still have some good league games to go.

"Regardless of what people might say we want to continue with the great run in terms of results the players have had.

"And then we have a Ramsdens Cup and a Scottish semi-final to look forward to.

"It's probably as positive as it has been for a while in terms of the football side of things.

"So we are actually quite enjoying that - if you will spare us that little bit of enjoyment."

While McCoist still has more success in his sights this season, thoughts are turning to the Championship campaign and completing Stage Three of The Journey at the first time of asking.

The Gers boss has already held talks with two players about a summer switch - Kenny McLean and Shaun Hutchinson have both been linked to the Gers while Manchester United forward Federico Macheda has claimed there is interest in him from Ibrox.

McCOIST added: "At this particular time, when I think it is at its greatest importance to have a scouting network, a good scouting network, it is non-existent.

"It is through no fault of anyone here at the moment I have got to say. But we absolutely need to pay attention to it and get it sorted.

"We know all the players that are on free transfers, but it would be nice to know, and we will know in the future, if we have got a few quid to spend on two or three players.

"We don't know that yet. We are attempting to cover every eventuality. We might not get anyone in, I don't know."

A lack of scouting staff and confirmation from above may be holding back McCoist's ambitions in the transfer market, but that won't stop him planning for what needs done. He is looking at the bigger picture and the ultimate goal, but hurdles remain.

McCoist said: "The biggest thing next year will be to win the league.

"In an ideal world we would be planning to win next year's league with a view to three or four players being able to play the following season in the top flight. As yet, we can't do that.

"It looks at this stage as if we might just have to get a team to win the league, which is absolutely fine. But we need to know where we are."

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