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McCoist: Rovers battled hard

Ally McCoist praised Albion Rovers after Rangers made it through to the last four of the Scottish Cup, with a 2-0 replay victory at New Douglas Park in Hamilton.

Goals from Fraser Aird and Jon Daly ended the run of the League Two club who made their more illustrious opponents work hard for an hour.

The Gers manager said: "It was important we got the first goal and we did - a well-taken goal from Fraser.

"After that we tried to get them to open up and come out. Tried to entice them out but they didn't, they stuck to their plan which was pretty successful.

"I thought our passing could have been a lot better but the game died out a little towards the end as we were happy to take the two-nothing."

Looking ahead to the semi-final next month, McCoist added: "We'll have to play better against Dundee United. We'll have to be at the top of our game and up to the challenge. It should be a cracker."

Aird added: "The first goal took a massive weight off us. The boys knew they would sit in, so to get the first goal was important."

And Daly, who made it 2-0, said: "They tried to stay in the game but after our second goal their game plan went out of the window."

Rovers boss James Ward had no complaints about the result and was 'proud' of his team: "Rangers performed a lot better tonight.

"But overall, I think we did ourselves extremely proud, from the first round against Spartans all the way to tonight.

"The boys can be immensely proud of their efforts and all the attention they have received.

"But we now have to go back to the basics of trying to get back to the play-off places."