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McCoist aware he must take responsibility as Rangers prepare for rivals Celtic

Rangers manager Ally McCoist knows it is he who has to take responsibility for the results the team records but admits it is frustrating to not be able to have a direct influence.

'Gers lost 2-1 at Dundee United and ahead of Sunday's Old Firm derby with Celtic at Ibrox, the former star striker is hoping the players can step up and produce a positive performance against the tear away league leaders.

McCoist indicated that at times he would still love to be playing so he can help change the outcome of games but accepts that the consequences of a poor showing lie with him.

"The obvious one would be that the buck stops with you," he said.

"When you're manager there's nothing you can do really when the players cross over the white line.

"You can make tactical changes and things like that but it's out of your hands.

"The players are in total control of the game so you have to accept that. I won't lie to you - I found it difficult to accept early on.

"You have to appreciate the players have got a job to do and you send them out to do that. That's probably the hardest part.

"With the result, the onus is on you as manager whether you win, lose or draw."

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