Peter Houston has taken heart from Falkirk’s 2-0 defeat to Rangers last night.
Late strikes from Lewis McLeod and Nicky Clark gave the Glasgow side three points at The Falkirk Stadium, but most observers felt the Bairns warranted something from the match.
Houston was among them.
“For 75 or 78 minutes I thought we were the better team.
“If Rangers are going to be one of the better teams in this league, then we’re not far away. Our young players put a lot into the game and I am beginning to find out they are better players than I first realised when I came here.”
However Houston rued the goal which ultimately tilted the game in Ally McCoist’s favour.
“Cammy Bell has had a couple of wonder-saves but what has our hgoalkeeper Jamie Macdonald had to do?
“We lost the goal to the deflection and lost our discipline for the next ten minutes, and the second goal kills us.
“For the first one if it doesn’t take the deflection, Jame is throwing his cap on it because it doesn’t have pace, but it spins into the net.”
Ally McCoist said: “If I was a neutral I’d have loved the game’s excitement - it swung to and fro.
“We got a break through the first goal from Lewis. The performance wasn’t as good as we’d hoped, but the result is the most important thing after the game against Hearts.
“I can’t put my finger on why, but I think the intensity of the game probably caught everyone by surprise.”