McCoist backing blunder keeper

RANGERS boss Ally McCoist today backed Neil Alexander to bounce back from his costly blunder against Elgin City.

Loading Comments
Neil Alexander is on his knees after his blunder gifted Elgin City a late equaliser at Ibrox
Neil Alexander is on his knees after his blunder gifted Elgin City a late equaliser at Ibrox

Alexander gifted part-time minnows Elgin a point at Ibrox with an absolute howler late on. The goalkeeper tossed the ball into the back of his own net – and the 10- man visitors held on to draw the match 1-1.

However, McCoist is confident the 34-year-old, who is in talks about sign-ing a new deal, will not let it affect his confidence.

He said: "Neil is a big enough boy to cope with it. He has been in the game long enough to handle situations like this.

"Goalkeepers make mistakes and everybody sees them. Invariably they cost a goal. Other boys make mistakes and get away with it.

"We sat down first thing this morning, looked at it again and had a chat about it. I know it won't be an issue for Neil.

"We didn't play with any tempo, we seemed to be happy running around in front of people, we didn't have any penetra-tion. It was a problem.

"You have to give credit to Elgin for their display, but with the chances we created we should have been out of sight.

"It was very, very frustrating. I said to the boys at half-time that if it stays 1-0 they will get a chance at a free-kick. I told them not to give away a silly free-kick.

"But we did exactly that, we defended it appallingly and gave away a comical goal. We got what we deserved at the end of the day in a game we should have won.

"We will now try to kick on again. The draw against Elgin was the first points we had dropped in 13 league games.

"We are disappointed, but we will try to put the result behind us and get back to winning ways against Berwick."


Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

Yorkhill does great work and Black Friday

Times Out



TV Advert
Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You Couldn't Make This Up

Glass of wine saves my day but not my diet

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.