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ALLY McCOIST, the Rangers manager, will meet with the club's chief executive, Graham Wallace, next week to discuss his summer transfer strategy after once again electing to stay out of the latest round of off-field problems to engulf the SPFL League 1 leaders.

It has been another turbulent week at Ibrox as former director Dave King launched an attack on the board and was subsequently summoned to a meeting by chairman David Somers to discuss the club's future in the face of supporter unrest. King will arrive in Scotland in the coming days and has announced his intention to speak with investors and fans before holding talks with the Rangers board.

McCoist refused to be drawn on the prospects of the South Africa-based businessman returning to the club when he met the media last week and, speaking ahead of Rangers' William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final against Albion Rovers this weekend, he confirmed he will maintain his silence as he prepares for his own talks with Wallace.

"Absolutely," McCoist said when asked if he was still maintaining his stance. "Even more so after reading Mr King being quoted as saying he thinks the manager should concentrate on football matters. I know Graham and the board are also happy for me to concentrate on football matters. So if all parties involved want me to do that then I am thrilled to concentrate on football matters. Those gentleman can discuss what they have to discuss and I will concentrate on getting a result on Sunday.

"I had a meeting with the chief executive on Wednesday, which was fine, and we are meeting a couple of times next week. The discussions will enlighten us in terms of strengthening the squad. These things have to be looked at for next season."

King will arrive seeking clarity over the true financial state of affairs at the club after two major shareholders in Rangers International Football Club plc - Laxey Partners Ltd and Sandy Easdale - agreed a combined £1.5m loan last week. McCoist and his players could do their bit to ease the club's money worries by winning the William Hill Scottish Cup and securing the prize money on offer, but the Rangers manager insists he is only focused on the on-field benefits of success. "I haven't personally [thought of the financial implications of a cup run], but I have been told it would be very beneficial to the club, particularly at this time," he said.

"I haven't thought about it myself. I don't know whether that is right or wrong but I'm just trying to concentrate on getting the team to the semi-final.

"I don't want to reach the

cup semi-final for the financial benefits, that would be an added bonus. I'd imagine [it wasn't part of the budget], but you'd need to ask those who did the budget at the start of the season."

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Salaries for players joining the club need to be capped by Wallace.

Not sure how much I trust Ally to identify new talent - is he still trying to sign Kenny Miller?

Need to off-load some of the 'dead wood' especially the ones on the bigger money -- Smith, Foster.

Ally should be asked to explain his reluctance to give youth an opportunity.

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Salaries for players joining the club need to be capped by Wallace.

Not sure how much I trust Ally to identify new talent - is he still trying to sign Kenny Miller?

Need to off-load some of the 'dead wood' especially the ones on the bigger money -- Smith, Foster.

Ally should be asked to explain his reluctance to give youth an opportunity.

How exactly do we off-load "dead wood"?

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Loan deals if any other club is prepared t take them let them go out on favorable terms.

Attrition - no new contract offers when existing ones expire.

Yes i agree with the second bit. We should not be renewing deals of players who are not up to the standard required but that doesnt help us with the guys who still have a season or so to run. As for the loan deals - that doesnt help us financially as we would seriously struggle to find another club who would be willing to pay the ridiculously high wages we are paying for guys who cant cut it here. Certainly no-one in Scotland (outwith the scum) would be willing to do so.

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Ally is part of the problem . Not part of the solution.I dont know who to back. Ask me later.When they get in power.

He is the manager of Rangers not a director. His concern is the 11 men on the pitch. It's the board's job to sort out the power struggle not his. Did you even read the interview?
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Would like to see Cribari, Perry, Hegarty, Simenson, Hutton,Foster, Peralta, Foster be let go. Possibly Shields who seems to float in and out of games. Little I would give an extra season to see if he could produce form of last season . Unfortunately some would need to be paid off. We would need a centre back, right back, right side midfield and striker. This would reduce the squad by 4-5 which would free up space for some of the younger players.

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Bloated squad? Got to laugh at the folk who only think you need 11 players to win a league and compete in cups? We have a squad running at 30% of turnover - it's hardly bloated.

What we ned is incremental improvement in the squad every transfer window - that means getting rid and bringing in - no one thinks this squad is competitive enough for the SPL so we only have 3 transfer windows to so.

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Could we not just copy and paste last week's whinge fest about Ally into this thread and save us all some time? Totally innocuous interview leading to totally predictable responses just to complain about our manager.

And by the same few folk

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Bloated squad? Got to laugh at the folk who only think you need 11 players to win a league and compete in cups? We have a squad running at 30% of turnover - it's hardly bloated.

What we ned is incremental improvement in the squad every transfer window - that means getting rid and bringing in - no one thinks this squad is competitive enough for the SPL so we only have 3 transfer windows to so.

Always felt we should have looked had at least one signing to help with the Scottish cup, a Cb with pace would have been the order of the day. Though some would say why sign a Cb to play as a Rb.
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First new signing for next season should be Derek McInnes. :)

And if someone will take the players on Stepps Boy's list above (even on half wages) that would be another big step forward.

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