Ally McCoist: This is how Rangers are not comfortable playing
By James Black
Rangers’ record goalscorer Ally McCoist feels Pedro Caixinha’s side need to improve their home form if they are to stand any chance of challenging Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title this season.
Rangers have struggled at Ibrox so far this season losing to Neil Lennon’s Hibs and only managing a draw with Hearts.
Speaking on BT Sport before Celtic took on Hamilton on Friday, the former Rangers manager called out his old club on their uncomfortable displays at Ibrox.
“I think Rangers are clearly more comfortable playing away from home,” he said.
“For 45 minutes they were very, very good at Ross County, and away at Motherwell picking up the points, but if they want to challenge they need to get a good home run going.”
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Pedro Caixinha’s side face Dundee at Ibrox this weekend and will be hoping to pick up their first home win of the league campaign.
The Gers have defeated Progres Niederkorn and Dunfermline Athletic at Ibrox in cup competitions but a first home league win has eluded the 54-times champions so far.
With the Light Blues currently trailing leaders Celtic by six points, having played one game less, a win against Dundee would keep the Gers close to their bitter rivals with the first Old Firm clash of the season approaching.
Caixinha’s side have looked much better away from home in the league with wins at Motherwell and Ross County and appear much more confident away from Ibrox as teams open up more and look to attack the Glasgow giants.
McCoist scored 355 goals for Rangers in a trophy-laden spell at Ibrox before returning to the club in 2007 as Walter Smith’s assistant then taking on the manager’s role in 2011 as the club’s financial troubles worsened.
McCoist left Rangers in 2014 after guiding the club to successive promotions following their demotion to the bottom tier of Scottish football in 2012.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has set a very ambitious target for his home-grown stars.