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Ally: Defending must improve

Rangers manager Ally McCoist knows his side have to improve defensively after they conceded three times at home to draw with Stenhousemuir.

The visitors twice took the lead at Ibrox through Sean Dickson and Sean Higgins either side of a Nicky Law strike for the home side.

Fraser Aird's goal - which deflected in off Ross McMillan - and a Jon Daly header looked to have spared Rangers' blushes, until Higgins converted from the spot after Emilson Cribari was penalised for a pull in the box.

McCoist's side have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three home fixtures, and McCoist has vowed to address his team's defensive frailties.

"The first two goals are disappointing," he said.

"The first one we could have stopped the ball at source before the cross came in. I thought Temps (David Templeton) and Waldo (Lee Wallace) should probably have handled it better and certainly when the cross came in, Sebastien (Faure) should have handled it better.

"The second goal, I think Waldo went by Temps and we lost the ball and the cross came in. It was a good header I've got to say, from Stenny's point of view it's a great goal. So there were two disappointing goals, and then the penalty."

Rangers' vulnerability at home is at odds with their form on the road, where they have picked up eight clean sheets in a row in the league.

"I just think perhaps teams are countering us a little bit," said McCoist.

"Obviously in their own grounds they are probably under a little bit of pressure to come at us a little bit more, being their home fixture.

"We're possibly getting caught out of position when we are going searching for goals at home, so it's something obviously we have to look at."