Some Rangers fans have criticised the manager after a photograph emerged of McCoist apparently singing karaoke at a post-match function following their extra-time loss to Raith Rovers on Sunday.
Rangers appeared keen to avoid the issue as they previewed their William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United and McCoist delivered a terse response to a question on the incident before immediately exiting his media conference.
McCoist said: “What I will say to you is this. If you or anyone else in this room for one minute doesn’t think myself or my staff were really, really hurting and in a lot of pain after a result which we should have won, then you are very, very wrong. I can assure you that. Thank you.”
Meanwhile, Goalkeeper Steve Simonsen will make his second appearance for Rangers, in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United after Cammy Bell was ruled out with concussion following a training-ground knock.
Manager Ally McCoist said Lee Wallace (hip flexor) “would need a miracle” to make the game, while David Templeton (groin), Andy Little (thigh) and Lewis Macleod (illness) are definitely out.
McCoist reported one or two players had aches and pains but should be okay, while Nicky Law, Ian Black, Jon Daly and Nicky Clark came through Sunday’s Ramsdens Cup final unscathed despite pre-match injury concerns.
Provisional squad: Simonsen, Foster, Smith, Faure, McCulloch, Mohsni, Law, Peralta, Black, Crawford, Aird, Daly, Murdoch, Clark, Shiels, Cribari, Gallagher, Telfer, Hegarty, Gallacher.