Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Ally McCoist welcomes return of leadership at Rangers

Rangers manager Ally McCoist

Ally McCoist believes Rangers finally have a figurehead willing to stand up for the club again in the shape of outspoken chief executive Charles Green.

The manager has welcomed the return of leadership at Ibrox following a turbulent period which saw the club forced to call in the administrators, before being consigned to liquidation.

Green already faces a Scottish Football Association charge of bringing the game into disrepute for claiming bigotry was one of the reasons for newco Rangers being denied entry to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

He also claimed last week that there was “an agenda” against the Glasgow giants.

But McCoist is simply pleased to see someone at the helm again as Rangers continue on the road to recovery following their financial collapse.

He said: “It's been sadly missing. For about four or five months there was nobody at all.

“There wasn't a director, a chairman, a chief executive — there was nothing really.

“It's long overdue that we have someone to represent the club and fight for the club and we've certainly got that at the moment.

“Knowing Charles the short time that I have, he is obviously a man who speaks his mind.

“He's not afraid to stand up for what he believes is right and I think the Rangers fans deserve that and they have been crying out for that.”

Fans were initially wary of Green, following the ill-fated tenure of previous owner Craig Whyte, but now appear to be warming to the new regime.

Around 32,000 season tickets have been sold so far despite Rangers playing their football in the Irn-Bru Third Division this season.

Green even posed with fans and signed autographs in the crowd at Ibrox ahead of Saturday's 5-1 win over East Stirling.

McCoist added: “He's endearing himself to the Rangers support in a number of ways and long may that continue.”

Asked if Rangers have now turned a corner, McCoist added: “It's going to be a really long road but you have to start somewhere and I just feel that we've started the recovery to hopefully getting us back to where we feel we belong.

Rangers travel to Falkirk tonight for the second round of the Ramsdens Cup.

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