Rangers duo praised by Ally McCoist - but one particular player made legend 'a happy Scotsman'

Ally McCoist declared himself ‘a happy Scotsman’ after seeing Rangers overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit to progress into the Champions league play-off round at the expense of Union Saint-Gilloise.

A packed Ibrox Stadium saw James Tavernier’s first half penalty and second-half headers from Antonio Colak and Mallik Tillman set up a double-header with PSV Eindhoven with a place in the continent's premier competition group stage at stake.

Former Rangers striker and manager McCoist praised the crucial goalscorer – but also the removal of the away goals rule which has altered the balance of two-legged ties in the past two years.

“There were a few interesting individual performances I thought were impressive. Tom Lawrence, particularly in the second half was excellent.

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“I thought Malik Tillman looked very good although he came in and out of the game but there’s certainly a player in there,” McCoist said on talkSPORT’s radio breakfast show.

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The 59-year-old did have confidence in his old side though, despite a lacklustre first leg which he had branded “very concerning” last week.

Raving about the performance he went on: “Unbelievable. I never doubted them. They got a goal at the perfect time and then were quite comfortable really, two good goals in the second half.

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James Tavernier and Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst celebrate after the UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round win over Royale Union Saint-Gilloise at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“What a statistic, that it’s the first time Rangers have ever come back from a 2-0 deficit. That was amazing. That’s the stat. I cannot believe that. I didn’t know that we’ve never come back from a 2-0 in Europe.

“It was incredible, the atmosphere. Brilliant.

"I also think the removal of the away goal helps as well, because it means you can be a bit more care free. Terrific.”

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In a sense Rangers defied the odds in overturning the statistic that so surprised McCoist, but doing so himself gave the former Ibrox boss more reasons to be cheerful – admitting he backed captain Tavernier to score first and saw his bet come in at 8/1.

Former Rangers player and manager Ally McCoist. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

He added: "I mentioned it yesterday and got quoted 13/2. But I managed to do a bit better than that.

"I got Tavernier at 8s for first goalscorer, so this is quite a happy Scotsman here!"

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