THE most important result of the season so far for Ally McCoist has not actually involved his Rangers side.

It has not been any of the 12 consecutive victories the Ibrox club has recorded in SPFL League One.

Nor was it the Ramsdens Cup or Scottish Cup triumphs which kept alive the Gers' hopes of a unique Treble.

No, it was the historic win that Greenock Morton recorded over Celtic in the League Cup at Parkhead in September.

Not because McCoist in any way revelled in the misfortune of his club's fiercest and oldest rivals. He simply felt the specific result highlighted just how difficult it is for his charges in the lower reaches of the senior leagues.

For over a year now, anything less than outright victory by Rangers has been labelled a disaster - by fans and critics.

There have been a fair few dark days. McCoist, though, knows just how demanding getting a result, never mind a victory, can be in the third tier.

Yes, the Glasgow club still has, by some distance, the second highest players' wage bill in the country.

And, yes, they should, on paper, be able to beat all of their part-time opponents comfortably both home and away.

But games are not played on paper. More often than not in this country, they are played on poor surfaces in appalling weather conditions in front of thousands of hostile fans.

Invariably, too, they are played against 11 individuals hell bent on pulling off an upset against their famous rivals on what is very often the biggest occasion of their playing careers.

The meeting with an Arbroath team that took Celtic to a replay in the Scottish Cup last season at Gayfield a week today will, for example, be highly treacherous. It will, then, be a tall order for Rangers to maintain their winning run in League One and record a fabled "Perfect Season".

Even with the strengthening of his squad that McCoist carried out in the summer, going undefeated will be far from straightforward.

Rangers have been lucky to take maximum points from their league games so far. There have been several instances when they could have drawn or even lost.

The game against Brechin City at Glebe Park last month was a close thing.

They were trailing 3-1 at half-time and needed to produce an amazing second-half fightback to triumph 4-3. And that was not an isolated incident.

There have been other near things. How much longer, you wonder, can the Govan club continue to ride their luck?

McCoist does not, despite his close season recruitment drive, have great strength in depth in his squad to cover adequately for inevitable injuries and suspensions.

Indeed, the loss of Andy Little has left him with just two recognised strikers - Jon Daly and Nicky Clark - given that Lee McCulloch is now firmly established at centre-half.

Clark is taking time to find his feet at Ibrox. He is performing with heart and no little skill when he is handed a start. But he is not yet scoring as regularly as he did with Queen of the South last season.

So the Third Division champions could run into difficulties during the long winter months. If they have to rely heavily on their youngsters, as they did last season, there is no guarantee they will keep winning.

Yet, there is certainly a huge desire within the Rangers squad, among the coaching staff and the players, to create a bit of history by becoming one of the few sporting teams in history to win all their games.

They may not say so publicly, but the Light Blues would love to go through the 2013/14 league campaign without dropping a single point. Rangers are no strangers to making history.

They have, after all, got a world record 54 national titles to their name. No other football club has won as many domestic Trebles - seven to be precise - as they have.

A "Perfect Season" would sit very well alongside the many other accomplishments they have achieved since they were founded back in 1872.

Rangers will win SPFL League One at a canter. They are already 11 points clear of their nearest contenders Dunfermline. Given their full-time status and the quality of their squad that is to be expected.

The only way they will gain any respect for the league success is to record an achievement that will resound around the world. So do not be surprised if they defy expectation and do exactly that.