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Rangers manager Ally McCoist stands by SFA comments

By Lisa Gray

Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists he makes no apology for demanding transparency over the Scottish Football Association's judicial panel.

McCoist called for the three members to be named after they hit the club with a £160,000 fine and a 12-month embargo on registering players over 17, mainly for bringing the game into disrepute since Craig Whyte's takeover.

Strathclyde Police later confirmed they were investigating alleged threats made against the panel after the SFA said their identities had been "compromised".

One of the panel members, Raith Rovers director Eric Drysdale, spoke out and disagreed with McCoist's assertion that they should be named.

The Rangers manager released a statement yesterday morning defending his calls for transparency, while claiming his remarks were not a signal for fans to engage in threatening behaviour.

Asked today if he had any regrets over his original comments, McCoist said: "Not at all.

"I think a lot of people have misinterpreted my statement as some form of apology.

"It's anything but an apology. I stand by everything I've said.

"In fact, I was delighted to see Mr Drysdale come out and disagree with my comments.

"I've got nothing but the utmost respect for him now because I know who the gentleman is.

"I still disagree with the panel and their decision but I fully appreciate the fact that I know who the gentleman is now.

"I respect him and I respect his decision - although I don't agree with it."

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