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Tax problems, now Rangers dumped out of Scottish Cup

Rangers crashed out of the William Hill Scottish Cup, 2-0, to Dundee United with boss Ally McCoist more concerned with an ongoing £49m tax dispute. Asked if the club is now in crisis, McCoist said: "I think the crisis point comes with the tax case more than anything.

"That's the biggest problem that the club faces. I don't think there is any doubt about that.

"What we all need is clarification on what's happening so that we can move forward. The uncertainty regarding this tax issue is the biggest problem that we have.

"You could use the word 'crisis' in terms of the tax case, but we need to know one way or another where it stands and what we face so we can deal with it and move forward."

McCoist could yet bolster his squad with free agents and expects to have the backing of owner Craig Whyte.

He said: "I think if I went to Craig with a player that we could maybe bring in he would certainly have a look at it. We've got two or three targets.

"I haven't gone as far as the finances but I know two or three players that would be appealing to us.

"But I will not bring anybody in who I don't think can go into the team or better the squad. I don't think there is any point in that at all."

First-half goals from Gavin Gunning and Johnny Russell secured a comfortable victory for United, but McCoist is confident his players will bounce back.

He said: "The players are fine. They just get the sleeves rolled up and get on with it. That's the only way we go.

"The players are disappointed but, come Monday morning, we'll get back into training and go ahead.

"This club has had problems in the past but it's determination and grit and a lot of qualities that we have in that dressing room that will see us through this."

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