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Gers Must Go Up Written by  Andrew Dickson

 
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ALLY McCOIST saw Rangers win the Third Division title and insists promotion should not be taken from his championship-winning side.

It remains to be seen whether the Light Blues will go up to SFL2 next season as the wait for a decision on proposed league reconstruction rumbles on.

If the mooted 12-12-18 model is pushed through, it seems Gers would remain in the bottom tier of the new structure.

But McCoist believes it would be grossly unfair on his players - who have earned the right to go up as things stand at present - to have that taken away from them.

He added: “It would be extremely disappointing if promotion was taken away from us, that’s for sure.

“Our players and our supporters deserve promotion and the way I’m looking at it right now, we’ve got that.

“You would think it (having promotion taken of them) wouldn’t happen now and it shouldn’t happen.

“I would have to say nothing surprises me at the moment but the fact of the matter is our players have proved they’re the best team in the league and they should go up.

“They deserve promotion and as far as we are concerned, it should be the case that they get it. Today’s events mean so much to us all.â€

Rangers’ players and backroom team found out they were champions as they made their way back to Murray Park from Angus.

That was after Stuart Leslie’s penalty for Elgin City had beaten Queen’s Park and stopped them from getting the draw they needed to keep the title race going.

The final whistle at Hampden sparked an impromptu stop at a pub in Aberuthven near Gleneagles, where the whole squad got off the bus to celebrate.

But having walked in, the Light Blues party didn’t quite get the sort of welcome they were anticipating.

McCoist smiled: “It was hilarious. We stopped off right on the final whistle of the Queen’s Park-Elgin game, when we knew we had won the title.

“As you can imagine, we walked in and some of the lads are still only old enough to drink lemonades.

“But when we got into the pub, there were two punters at the bar and they quickly shouted to the owner of the place to remind him of his strict rules about having no football colours!

“With 20 Rangers players standing there in their tracksuits, it was very funny and we stopped there for half an hour or so for the boys to have a celebratory drink which was well earned.

“I’ve got to tell you that one of the best moments of my season was around 4.20pm today when it came on the radio that Elgin City had been awarded a penalty.

“The roar that went up from the back of the bus was fantastic and the punters should know that.

“It was equalled when we heard they had converted the penalty and then when the final whistle went. Make no mistake, it meant to much to the players. I’m really happy for them.â€

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We Are The Champions

 

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RANGERS are the SFL Third Division champions after Queen’s Park lost at home today to Elgin City producing an unassailable gap at the top.

The Light Blues suffered a stalemate at Montrose in the noon kick-off much to the frustration of all involved.

However, that point at Links Park has proved to be enough to take Rangers over the line.

Queen’s had to avoid defeat against Elgin to prolong things but they were defeated 1-0 by the Highlanders who scored courtesy of a Stuart Leslie penalty.

And so phase one of the journey has now been completed although Rangers still don’t know where the second stage will begin.

Ally McCoist and his squad learned of the success while travelling south back to Glasgow from the north-east.

It will undoubtedly be a huge relief to them all that the main objective has now been achieved.

It has been tough in the past month with consecutive goal-less draws and a shock home defeat by Annan Athletic.

But the hard work done in the middle phase of the season has paid off at last for Rangers and the SFL 3 trophy is theirs.

They won’t get their hands on it, however, until the final home match of the season on May 4 when they face Berwick Rangers.

 

 

ALLY McCOIST insists Rangers deserve credit for winning the Third Division title despite making hard work of clinching the trophy in recent weeks.

 

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LEE WALLACE was thrilled to win the first medal of his career after Rangers claimed the Third Division title and insists it can be a platform to better things in the future.

 

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CHRIS HEGARTY admits when he walked off the pitch at Links Park this afternoon he was gutted and frustrated he couldn’t help Rangers get back to winning ways against Montrose.

 

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The final whistle at Hampden sparked an impromptu stop at a pub in Aberuthven near Gleneagles, where the whole squad got off the bus to celebrate.

But having walked in, the Light Blues party didn’t quite get the sort of welcome they were anticipating.

McCoist smiled: “It was hilarious. We stopped off right on the final whistle of the Queen’s Park-Elgin game, when we knew we had won the title.

“As you can imagine, we walked in and some of the lads are still only old enough to drink lemonades.

“But when we got into the pub, there were two punters at the bar and they quickly shouted to the owner of the place to remind him of his strict rules about having no football colours!

“With 20 Rangers players standing there in their tracksuits, it was very funny and we stopped there for half an hour or so for the boys to have a celebratory drink which was well earned.

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I thought this was very funny. :biggrin:  I can just picture it...

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The final whistle at Hampden sparked an impromptu stop at a pub in Aberuthven near Gleneagles, where the whole squad got off the bus to celebrate.

But having walked in, the Light Blues party didn’t quite get the sort of welcome they were anticipating.

McCoist smiled: “It was hilarious. We stopped off right on the final whistle of the Queen’s Park-Elgin game, when we knew we had won the title.

“As you can imagine, we walked in and some of the lads are still only old enough to drink lemonades.

“But when we got into the pub, there were two punters at the bar and they quickly shouted to the owner of the place to remind him of his strict rules about having no football colours!

“With 20 Rangers players standing there in their tracksuits, it was very funny and we stopped there for half an hour or so for the boys to have a celebratory drink which was well earned.

:biggrin:

 

I thought this was very funny. :biggrin:  I can just picture it...

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