McCoist focused on Elgin challenge

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Ally McCoist is wary of the threat posed by Elgin
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Ally McCoist is wary of the threat posed by Elgin

Rangers manager Ally McCoist believes his side have put the postponement of their match with Elgin behind them ahead of this weekend's William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round clash with the same opponents.

Elgin were fined £25,000 after the Irn-Bru Third Division match, scheduled for Sunday, was called off on Saturday due to what the Scottish Football League described as "a substantial oversale of tickets", with around 1,100 extra tickets reportedly sold on top of the 4,520 capacity of Borough Briggs.

McCoist said on www.rangers.co.uk: "The weekend was a disappointment but we are over it and looking forward to the next challenge. We now have to look ahead to the home game in the cup and against the same opposition."

Rangers' prospects could receive a boost, with striker Francisco Sandaza closing in on a return from a fractured cheekbone sustained against Motherwell in September.

Former Dundee United and St Johnstone forward Sandaza was expected to be out until the end of the year after requiring facial reconstruction and the insertion of a plate. It had been feared at one stage he could lose an eye. But the Spaniard scored in a successful return in a 3-1 reserve win over Livingston at Murray Park on Tuesday.

Reserve team boss Tommy Wilson said: "I would think with the goal threat he carries and his experience he'll absolutely be in contention to be in the squad for the Elgin game.

"If you're looking at the bench for the match on Sunday and you're looking for a goal, he'd be an ideal man to bring on."

McCoist is wary of Elgin ahead of Sunday's cup clash at Ibrox.

Ross Jack's side have scored 29 times in the league this season, the same as Rangers.

McCoist added: "When you look at the team at the moment I think they've scored the same amount of goals as ourselves (in the league) albeit they have played a game more. But they certainly do have players in their team that can score goals and they do attack."

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