KENNY McDOWALL admits part of him is delighted that Ally McCoist is now away from Rangers – for the sake of his old gaffer’s sanity. McCoist was able to enjoy a beer yesterday as he took in Glasgow’s rugby clash with Edinburgh after McDowall crashed 4-0 at Hibs in his debut as boss. The Ibrox caretaker last week revealed how gutted he was to see his friend put on gardening leave by the board. But after three years of unprecedented turmoil, McDowall is relieved McCoist is now free from the stress and strain of the Ibrox hot-seat. The new Rangers boss said: “As a friend, I’m glad to see him out of the firing line. For his sanity and for his family. Myself, Ian Durrant and Jim Stewart have been there every step of the way with Ally. “We’ve been with him at times when we’ve had to try to keep him upbeat. But he was trying to keep everyone else upbeat. “For that alone, he’s a star. He’s keen to get back into football but deserves a break now.” McCoist was criticised for his side’s failure to live up to their tag of Scotland’s second highest-paid squad. But McDowall said: “Money doesn’t come into it when you play. No player goes on to a pitch to have a bad game. “It’s 11 v 11 – and whoever wants it most will get it.” The new Gers caretaker Manager reveals he is glad Ally has stepped to keep some of sanity. McDowell also states McCoist deserves a well earned break but is looking to get back into management in the near future) What the guy has gone through and endured has been unbelievable. “His concern was for people at the club rather than himself. It’s astonishing what he had to deal with. Only people on the inside know what he has done. “It has been a nightmare here for three years. People on the outside are bored with it now. But we’ve had to eat, sleep and drink it.