The Scottish champions had hoped to begin the defence of their title with a
victory, but goals in either half from David Obua and Steven Naismith ensured
the points were shared at Ibrox.
Rangers now turn their focus to Tuesday's European clash at the same venue as they bid to take a step closer to the lucrative group stages of the Champions League, with McCoist keen to secure at least one of his targets by then.
He said: "I've made no secret of the fact and we are all aware that we hope to
bring one or two players in.
"If we can get them in beforehand, we will only have one of them who can play
"If we get them in before the game, that would be great. We are certainly
hoping to do that.''
Palermo defender Dorin Goian appears the most likely of those on McCoist's
wanted list to sign for Rangers in the coming days.
Asked if he was moving closer to a deal for the Romanian, McCoist added: ''I
"To be honest I haven't had a chance to see Andrew [Dickson, head of football administration] after the game but I know of one or two phone calls getting made this morning.''
However, he insists the capture of Goian would not necessarily mean the end of his pursuit for former Ibrox centre-half Carlos Cuellar.
He said: "I'm ruling nothing out and I'm ruling nobody out. We need players,
plural, so I wouldn't rule anybody out.''
The SPL flag was unfurled against a backdrop of fireworks before kick-off, but
Rangers' first-half display failed to live up to the dramatic build-up.
However, McCoist refused to blame the early start date to the season for the
He said: "I'm certainly not a fan of the early start to the season, there is
no doubt about that.
"But I wouldn't put that down as a reason for us starting the game poorly, not
"To be quite honest, I thought we were disappointing in the first half. You
have to give Hearts credit for the way they played but we just didn't seem to
get going in the first half at all.
"You sit back and reflect and, as disappointed as I was with the first half
performance, I was really pleased with the reaction from the players in the
second half. We could have nicked the game.''
Despite the result, McCoist is confident his side will be ready for the
challenge posed by Malmo, adding: ''I don't think I'll have to lift the players,
to be honest.
"We have had a 1-1 draw against a team who are quite good to be fair and who are a lot of peoples' favourites to finish at least third in the league.
"I don't think I'll have to lift anybody. It will just be a matter of getting
Hearts boss Jim Jefferies refused to be drawn on how far his side can push the Old Firm this season but was thrilled with their opening day efforts.
He said: "I'm not looking into anything league-wise. Once you have eight or 10
games under your belt, that's when you can see what you have to do.
"It wasn't just the result for us today, it was the performance too. Ibrox is
not an easy place to come to and get a point.''
Jefferies is sweating over the fitness of Andy Webster, who was forced out of
the action after eight minutes with a recurring groin problem, and David
Templeton, who suffered a head knock, ahead of their Europa League qualifier against Hungarian side Paksi on Thursday.
Mehdi Taouil is also a doubt after picking up a knock.
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