Ally McCoist happy to avoid Celtic meeting

Ally McCoist admits that he was delighted to see his Rangers team swerve a League Cup quarter-final meeting with Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has admitted that he was happy to see his side avoid fierce Glasgow rivals Celtic in the League Cup quarter-final draw.

McCoist's side swerved the Scottish Premiership champions and were paired with St Johnstone in the last eight of the competition.

It has been two-and-a half-years since the last Old Firm meeting following Rangers' demotion into the lower leagues, and the 52-year-old says that he was not "pining" for a reunion.

"St Johnstone are a really solid, hard-working team which ended up winning the Scottish Cup quite comfortably last season," he told Sky Sports News.

"As much as we're pleased with the draw, we've certainly not underestimating the task ahead of us.

"We certainly weren't pining for an Old Firm game and we would take whoever the cup draw gave us. It's going to be a tough game against St Johnstone. It's one which can hopefully be put on the back burner a little bit."

Celtic face a quarter-final clash with Partick Thistle.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Celtic22156148153351
2Aberdeen2213453324943
3RangersRangers22124641251640
4Hibernian229853127435
5Hearts227962119230
6Kilmarnock216872528-326
7St Johnstone217592130-926
8Motherwell2173112632-624
9Hamilton AcademicalHamilton2165103034-423
10Dundee2264122332-922
11Partick Thistle2255121937-1820
12Ross County2245132136-1517
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