Rangers are still in the title mix, says McCoist


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Ally McCoist has backed his Rangers team to push for the SPL title, despite losing ground on Celtic with a 1-1 home draw against Aberdeen. "We've got a squad of players I believe can win the championship. But I'm frustrated as I certainly feel as though we could have won the game given the chances we created." McCoist said.

After a scrappy opening 20 minutes, Rangers looked favourites to score but it was Aberdeen who took the lead just after the hour mark with Kari Arnason squeezing a tidy finish inside the far post, rounding off a fine counter-attack. Rangers hit back almost immediately through Maurice Edu but, despite bombarding the Aberdeen goal, they were unable to force a winner.

Saturday's game also saw a farewell tribute for David Weir who this week announced he is leaving Rangers. The 41-year-old has won eight medals in five years at Ibrox and wants to continue playing but was honoured with a ceremony at half-time, and will be inducted into Rangers' hall of fame.

Having led Celtic by 12 points in November, Saturday's slip- up means Rangers now trail their Glasgow rivals by four points. Celtic beat St Mirren 2-0 in a lunch-time kick-off on Saturday.

After stubborn resistance, Jamie Forrest and captain Scott Brown got the goals that recorded Celtic's 12th successive league win. Manager Neil Lennon singled out his skipper's display: "Scott has leadership, drive, he reads the game brilliantly and was right in the thick of it to cap off his performance with a goal like that."