Repaying Rangers fans was my priority… not spoiling Celtic's party, insists McCoist
22:13 GMT, 25 March 2012
Ally McCoist insisted stopping Celtic's title party was not the driving force behind a fine Rangers display in their dramatic 3-2 Old Firm triumph.
Instead, McCoist made it clear it was all about repaying the suffering Ibrox fans who have stuck by the club following its plunge into administration.
The Rangers manager saw his side go 3-0 up after 77 minutes, with Cha Du-Ri and Victor Wanyama both sent off for Neil Lennon's men.
Blue heaven: McCoist, McDowall and coach Durrant celebrate Rangers' Old Firm triumph
Carlos Bocanegra became the day's third dismissal after conceding a late penalty which Scott Brown converted, before Thomas Rogne headed another consolation in injury time to cap an extraordinary match.
The result meant McCoist's men have delayed Celtic's coronation for at least another week, but he insisted that was secondary.
Hug: McCoist celebrates with Dorin Goian
'I know you won't believe me but I didn't want to win the game today to stop Celtic winning the title,' he said. 'I'm not interested in that, to be honest.
'I wanted to win the game because you are playing your biggest rivals in one of the biggest fixtures of the season.
'There was no more pressure or desire here. I have been really fortunate to be involved in many Old Firm games and it would be wrong of me to say I wanted to win one more than another.
'I've wanted to win every one the same as the last one. 'The fans were great and that's what we wanted more than anything – to give them something to cheer.
'It's a traumatic and difficult time but we really wanted to win that game for them.
'Make no mistake, it wasn't about stopping Celtic doing this or that. We wanted to win the game for ourselves and the fans, who deserve it.'
Counterpart Neil Lennon was angered by Calum Murray's decision to send off Cha for tugging back Lee Wallace in the first half and claimed Wanyama's ordering-off for a two-footed tackle on Steven Whittaker was 'borderline'.
McCoist, though, felt Murray simply applied the adapted rules of the modern game.
'I will talk about the referee but the bigger picture is that we deserved to win,' he said. 'We have won, so let us move on.
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'The game has changed and the problem is that we need to change with it. There is no such thing as a foul these days. It is either a yellow or a red card. The ref is only applying the laws the way he sees it.
'Did Cha prevent a scoring opportunity Yes, probably. Is it a soft sending-off Probably.
'Did Wanyama do a two-footed tackle Probably. Did he set out to harm the player Definitely not, in my opinion.
'The ref will probably say Bocanegra is the last man and preventing a goalscoring chance – and he's probably right.
'So the referee has a case to say he got them right.' Meanwhile, potential Rangers owner Brian Kennedy met with the administrators at Ibrox after the match, as the battle for control stepped up a gear.
The Sale Sharks chief, who discussed potential sanctions facing the club with SFA chief executive Stewart Regan last week, was in Govan for the derby win.
His visit comes as the administrators confirmed that a fifth bidder, based in Singapore, had joined the race.