McCoist rates Lichties’ chances of a league double

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HIS SIDE might have recorded a deserved victory over Arbroath, but Rangers boss Ally McCoist believes the Lichties have what it takes to make it two titles in two seasons, writes Jennifer Newton.

The Ibrox manager fielded a strong starting line-up in Sunday’s fourth round cup tie as he knew the Gayfield men would be no walkover.

But despite the Gers knocking four past Arbroath to progress to the next round, McCoist told HeraldSport he believes the Lichties are still in store for a successful season.

He said: “I think Arbroath do have a good chance to win the Second Division title as even today we had to impose ourselves on the game.

“They had some good early chances but at the same time I think we thoroughly deserved to win the game.

“But I think there is a good future in store for Arbroath as they are a good solid team and have a great support.”

Despite the Maroons finding themselves 2-0 down at half-time, Rangers still weren’t able to take their foot off the gas as Arbroath kept plugging away for a goal.

And it was their never-say die attitude that impressed Mr McCoist.

He added: “Arbroath seem to have a good solid group of players and they never just lay down and died.

“They still continued to press forward and work hard.

“Even after going a couple of goals down they kept going forward.

“I thought the two centre backs [Stuart Malcolm and Craig Wedderburn] stood out as solid honest boys at the back and that is what you need if you want to win titles.”