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Ally McCoist has quipped he would have bet on Ibrox not being chosen by the SPFL as the venue for the 2014 Scottish League Cup final.

Celtic Park will host the fixture on March 16, with Aberdeen taking on Inverness Caledonian Thistle for the trophy.

Asked if he was surprised his club's ground had been overlooked for the occasion, McCoist replied: "Not surprised at all.

"I did say to the chief executive that if we were allowed to bet, which of course we are not, get a few quid on the cup final not being at Ibrox.

"I just didn't think it would be. It was my own opinion.

"I think obviously Neil [Doncaster], or indeed whoever is running the SPFL, made the decision and they'll stick by it."

In an interview with STV on Wednesday, SPFL chief executive Doncaster said Ibrox couldn't be used because it was likely a live game would be played at the ground the day before, causing logistical problems for television companies.

McCoist refuted that suggestion, saying: "I've worked with television long enough that I know these boys are unbelievable at their job in terms of de-rigging and setting up for games.

"Come on. That doesn't wash with me and I don't think it washes with you either."

http://sport.stv.tv/football/clubs/rangers/263136-ally-mccoist-id-have-bet-on-ibrox-not-being-picked-for-league-cup-final/

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It was an absolute certainty....CG opening ceremony(farce)...Scottish Cup Final..League Cup Final....thats just for starters. When the CG scedule was organised....has started the ball rolling.We are now classed as second cllass...behind a stadium that unlike ours cannot even hold a Champions League Final... Says it all really...fair play to McCoist.

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My view has somewhat cooled on this upon reflection.

As has been previously pointed out, we have been given 2 Neutral Cup games and the same goes with the other mhob. This wont be on a per ticket sold basis as it will simply be a rental agreement for the entire ground.

If they had given us a 3rd game v their 1 game then it was going to leave the governing bodies open to bigger claims of bias in my opinion. (tu)

This does not take into account how daft it is to have it either ground incidentally or to name the semi-final and final grounds months in advance before knowing who is even playing in the games. (tu)

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My view has somewhat cooled on this upon reflection.

As has been previously pointed out, we have been given 2 Neutral Cup games and the same goes with the other mhob. This wont be on a per ticket sold basis as it will simply be a rental agreement for the entire ground.

If they had given us a 3rd game v their 1 game then it was going to leave the governing bodies open to bigger claims of bias in my opinion. (tu)

This does not take into account how daft it is to have it either ground incidentally or to name the semi-final and final grounds months in advance before knowing who is even playing in the games. (tu)

theres no harm in ally stirring the pot a little regardless. (tu)
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