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McCoist: 'sendings-off cost us'

Rangers crashed out of the Champions League last night after a stormy second leg in their qualifying game with Swedish side Malmo.

The Scottish champions had two players sent off as they drew 1-1 in Sweden, failing to peg back the 1-0 deficit they took from the home leg, and manager Ally McCoist has blamed the ill-discipline of his players for costing them the chance of playing on the biggest stage in football.

It all started pretty well for them, as Nikica Jelavic levelled the tie after only 23 minutes, but with both Steven Whittaker and Madjid Bougherra being shown red they struggled, and when Jiloan Hamad gave Malmo the aggregate lead in the 80th minute the Scots had nothing to respond with.

'The two sendings-off cost us dearly,' said McCoist. 'I haven't had a chance to look at the incidents but I think the fact that the lads gave the referee the opportunity to send them off was disappointing.

'The majority of our boys were fantastic, I really could not have asked for any more than they gave me. I think indiscipline cost us the tie.

'I don't think we played particularly well in the first game. There may be legitimate reasons. Obviously the game coming early for us and Malmo being well into their season is a factor. You saw in this game that with another week gone that there is real progress.'

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