Rangers manager Ally McCoist feels their cup win proves they can still compete with the best of Scottish footbal
Ally McCoist says Rangers' win over Motherwell proves they can still compete with clubs at the top of Scottish football.
Last Updated: 27/09/12 9:18am
Goals from Lee McCulloch and Dean Shiels secured a 2-0 victory at Ibrox in the Scottish Communities League Cup tie and allowed the Light Blues to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.
The third round clash was the first opportunity for Rangers to face Scottish Premier League opposition since being consigned to liquidation in the summer and voted into the Irn-Bru Third Division.
McCoist said: "It was really satisfying. I thought the performance warranted the victory and the two goals were top-class.
"It's a wee indicator to ourselves and the support that we can play against teams from the top of the league and higher up in the divisions but we can't get carried away. It's a very small step on what's going to be a long road.
"I make no apologies for telling the supporters that - we've got miles and miles to go. But it shows you, in a one-off game, we can compete with anybody."
Ten SPL clubs voted against newco Rangers' application for entry to the top-flight in July.
But McCoist denied there was additional satisfaction from reminding the SPL of exactly what they are missing as they dumped Motherwell.
He said: "Not at all. I just wanted to win the game tonight to progress into the next round of the cup.
"I was aware of who we were playing and they are top of the SPL and arguably the in-form team in the country at the moment.
"All it did was give us an opportunity to see how we can compete against a team like that at the moment and we did it very well."
Kyle Hutton hopes an impressive outing against Motherwell will end his exile from the Rangers first team after he was pitched into the action early on when Francisco Sandaza was forced off with a head knock.
It was Hutton's first appearance since the League Cup win over East Fife in early August and, in recent games, he has failed even to make the bench.
The 21-year-old is now keen to establish himself in the top team after admitting he has no idea why he has not been able to hold down a place in McCoist's plans so far.
He said: "I've not really got an answer to that question. I could have sat in the corner and sulked but I knew what I had to do. I just kept my head down and worked hard.
"I got my reward and I took my chance so hopefully things can change.
"Personally, it was great. I've been a bit frustrated over the past while with not getting a game. I've come in now and played well so hopefully I can kick on now."