Derby loss to Celtic 'focused Rangers on league title'
2nd March 2011 - Chad Lazarus
Assistant football manager at Rangers Ally McCoist sees the recent derby defeat at Celtic Park to be a good thing for the club, despite the result, as it has made the squad more focused than ever.
The 3-0 loss to rivals Celtic gave Rangers a clear sign that they needed to regain focus and retain their Scottish Premier League crown. Now six points separates the teams, though Rangers have two football games in hand.
McCoist explained: "If you get beat 1-0 and were unlucky, you could maybe paper over cracks and kid yourself on a bit. After that performance, there was no kidding ourselves on."
Rangers return to Celtic Park tonight for a Scottish Cup fifth-round replay. They roll on with a four-point display last week that includes a 2-2 away draw to Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League as well as a 4-0 romp over St Johnstone.
McCoist added: "Hopefully it's a lesson learned because we feel, as disappointing as we were and Celtic did play well, we can play a lot better than that, we can play miles better than that."
Celtic will be without keeper Fraser Forster as well as Joe Ledley, who are both suspended for tonight's tie.
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