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Rangers: Ally McCoist will weather criticism

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist keeps an eye on training. Picture: SNS

Published on the 14 August

2014

RANGERS manager Ally McCoist is content to wade through the criticism as he bids to improve on an unconvincing start to the season.

Rangers are looking for their first Scottish Championship points of the season at Falkirk on Friday night after beginning the campaign with home defeat by Hearts.

That followed an unconvincing extra-time win over 10-man Hibernian in the Petrofac Training Cup and sparked some serious criticism of the Rangers boss.

McCoist did not seem like a man under pressure as he previewed the Falkirk trip and stated that the demise of the Edinburgh clubs had been exaggerated.

But he knows his team need to produce more consistent performances to kick-start their title challenge.

“Fans are entitled to their opinion,” McCoist said. “Our fans have been fantastic so it would be completely wrong of me to ask them not to have an opinion.

“They have got an opinion and long may they continue voicing that opinion.

“There are far greater managers that have sat in this chair than me who have received stick after a poor result.

“If you look back and Walter Smith and Willie Waddell can get stick, then I don’t think anyone is immune from that, and rightly so.

“We are all big boys and we know that criticism is part and parcel of football, none more so at this club. It’s the way it’s been for over 140 years and it’s the way it will hopefully be for the next 140. We can all handle it fine.

“I’ve played here long enough and been involved in defeats, and the fear of defeat keeps you going more than anything. A lot of the boys have been here before or been here for a while now, and they do understand the pressure of having to win games at our club.”

McCoist did not think his team would struggle to click as they step up another level, but he knew that their first two games would present a challenge.

The former Scotland striker said: “We have always said it would be a tough league, nobody I’ve spoken to thinks it’s going to be a stroll in the park. Clearly it’s not, it’s going to be a tough and interesting league.

“I think there was perhaps a bit too much made of Hearts’ and Hibs’ demise.

“Obviously they are in a position they don’t t want to be in. But I felt for the last three or four months of the season, Hearts were on the up. Hibs was a massive shock, but at the same time I was of the opinion that they were on the up again with a fine man coming in to take over and give everyone a lift (Alan Stubbs).

“So I didn’t think Hearts and Hibs were as low as other people did. We are fine, there will be hiccups along the way in this league.”

Striker Kenny Miller argued that the service had to improve following the 2-1 loss to Hearts.

“I used to say that myself when I was a striker,” McCoist said. “I know where he’s coming from, but in pre-season and the last couple of games we have missed some clear-cut chances.”

McCoist added: “I would like us to be more consistent throughout the 90 minutes, I think we have played well in patches in the first two games.”

While stressing that the Edinburgh clubs will pose a challenge, McCoist did not underestimate the threat posed by Falkirk among others.

New boss Peter Houston bolstered his squad with likes of former Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald in the summer, although they started their season with a 2-2 draw against Cowdenbeath.

McCoist said: “Peter’s had a great managerial track record and you have younger managers at Dumbarton and Raith Rovers and Queen of the South in particular who are aiming to do very, very well.

I can assure you, we aren’t looking solely at Hearts and Hibs. I can absolutely assure everyone there will be points dropped throughout the season against clubs of quality like Dumbarton, Falkirk, Raith Rovers and Queen of the South and teams like that.”

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Ally just doesn't get it. It's not one game. It's our style of play. Our poor results in cups. Our lack of foresight in the transfer market. His blind loyalty to underperforming players. His reluctance to utilise a strong youth setup. His tactical ineptitude.

We have gone backwards these last few seasons and he is largely behind it

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Don't even know where to begin with that. Complete and utter selfishness and ignorance to patronise us with his usual pish.

It's not working and he knows it, only reason he's still here is because we can't afford to pay off the 3 useless idiots we have in the dugout. Sickening the amount they've taken out the club and still continue to do so.

It's getting to the stage now where I'd welcome Charles Green back just to get shot of this imposter.

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Typical pish from Ally but he and his so called coaching staff will never walk away,they will have to be forced out. Ally has no shame and it is sad that his previously held hero status will never be recovered.

He's here for at least this season guys and if we get promoted he will be here next season as well, I think we just have to come to terms with it.

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Typical pish from Ally but he and his so called coaching staff will never walk away,they will have to be forced out. Ally has no shame and it is sad that his previously held hero status will never be recovered.

He's here for at least this season guys and if we get promoted he will be here next season as well, I think we just have to come to terms with it.

The thing is insider i dont think this guy will get us promoted.
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Ally just doesn't get it. It's not one game. It's our style of play. Our poor results in cups. Our lack of foresight in the transfer market. His blind loyalty to underperforming players. His reluctance to utilise a strong youth setup. His tactical ineptitude.

We have gone backwards these last few seasons and he is largely behind it

In a nutshell! (tu)

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For eg. If i was coaching Falkirk i would tell them to go out and attack from the first minute. Knowing that 's what Rangers will do over the publicity they have had this week. and knowing that our manager will not be expecting that.Do you think A M has a plan B.

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For eg. If i was coaching Falkirk i would tell them to go out and attack from the first minute. Knowing that 's what Rangers will do over the publicity they have had this week. and knowing that our manager will not be expecting that.Do you think A M has a plan B.

Yep, it's already written about how the players tried their best but this was a cup final for Falkirk playing us and they just put in more graft.

Depressing at best, still going to watch the game, got to have the ammo to moan about something ;)

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For eg. If i was coaching Falkirk i would tell them to go out and attack from the first minute. Knowing that 's what Rangers will do over the publicity they have had this week. and knowing that our manager will not be expecting that.Do you think A M has a plan B.

Houston will outfox Ally with this tactic.

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He really does not give one fuck what the fans think. At the moment our whole coaching and scouting system is "jobs for the boys and old pals". Until we start bringing in coaches from outwith, we are going to go backwards.

Make no mistake wee still have a worldwide fanbase,the damage this guy is doing to that cant be repaired.
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Can you imagine. Aird right wing temps left lewis in the middle. . if it fails then wee tried something. Its so simple.As the season goes on he will not try things like this for the fear of defeat.Thats the sign of somebody that has not got a clue.

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