Rangers v Inverness reaction
Ally McCoist admits Rangers got what they deserved as they crashed out of the Scottish League Cup at the hands of Inverness on Wednesday night.
The Highlanders claimed a 3-0 win at Ibrox to book their place in the last four of the competition and McCoist had no real complaints about the outcome.
The Light Blues boss felt his Irn-Bru Third Division side matched their top-flight visitors in the first half but fell well short in the remainder of the tie.
It was a far cry from Rangers' performance against then SPL leaders Motherwell in the last round.
McCoist said: "In the second half, Inverness were better than us, without doubt, and deserve to be in the semi-final more than we do.
"It was an opportunity for us to compete against an SPL team again, which we did do against Motherwell.
"The level of intensity that we played the game at tonight was miles short of the intensity that we played the game at against Motherwell.
"In the second half, we got what we deserved and so did Inverness."
Goals from Andrew Shinnie, Gary Warren and a Graeme Shinnie penalty secured the victory for Inverness.
McCoist added: "I didn't think there was a lot between the teams in the first half.
"They got the break with the goal and the first goal was going to be very important. The second half was very disappointing.
"The individual errors that cost us the three goals were extremely disappointing."
For McCoist, the cup exit was a reminder of how far his club still have to go on their journey back to the top, on the same day 'oldco' Rangers formally entered liquidation.
The manager said: "I'm extremely aware of how far we've got to travel.
"There is a thin line because it's difficult in the respect that I will never make excuses.
"I will not make excuses for the second half performance and I won't make excuses for the slackness in defending at the three goals.
"But we have got a long way to go and tonight showed that.
"The league is, without doubt, the most important thing. We have to get out the league. Anything we do in the cups is a bonus.
"That said, it is a big disappointment tonight and we've got a very big game on Saturday (against Alloa in the Scottish Cup)."
The victory saw Inverness book their place in the semi-final of the competition for the first time.
"I'm absolutely thrilled," boss Terry Butcher said. "We talked about what it would be like to come here and play, a lot of the boys hadn't been here before.
"It's a fantastic place to play football, very intimidating, but I thought they handled the occasion very well.
"They played some lovely stuff and we always believe we can score. The shape of the team was excellent and everybody worked hard.
"It was an excellent performance and I'm very pleased."