Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Ally McCoist job safe as Rangers target double success

Rangers' game at Stenhousemuir was called off

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has been assured of the 100% backing of the club's current board.

The club's long awaited AGM will take place this week, with two rivals groups wanting to take control away from those who are running the club at present.

Sources close to the rebel group of shareholders hoping to land directorships when the club holds its annual general meeting on Thursday have suggested the first-team manager is "disliked" by the members of the current regime.

But a Rangers spokesman said: "Ally was told only on Friday by CEO Graham Wallace that the board are 100% behind the manager."

Meanwhile McCoist backed the decision to postpone Saturday's clash with Stenhousemuir – claiming 70mph winds at Ochilview would have turned the game into a farce.

The Ibrox side were due to face their League One opponents at the Warriors' 2,600-capacity home, as they went in search of a 21st successive victory, but the match was called off when the extreme weather which battered Scotland for most of the day caused structural damage to a temporary stand erected to house the Glasgow giants' large travelling support.

Heavy downpours also caused flooding outside the ground and the decision to cancel the match was made just two hours before the scheduled 5.30pm kick-off time.

McCoist said: "It's 100% the right decision.

"I spoke to Gary McAllister who was working with BT Sport and he told me the conditions were horrendous.

"He said it would be farcical to try and play the game in those conditions and that is good enough for me because safety is of paramount importance in these situations.

"It's not just fans in the stadium, it's fans travelling to the game as well that you have to consider, so for all these reasons the correct decision has been made."

Rangers have won every game they have played since exiting the League Cup to Forfar back in August, but the Ibrox boss was more concerned about supporters' safety than pocketing yet another three points.

McCoist said: "We are disappointed because the boys are on a great run but we can put that to one side just now and we're totally behind the decision."

French defender Bilel Mohsni wants Rangers to wrap up the League One championship as early as possible so that they can then turn their focus to further silverware.

He believes that can be done by February and wants to claim a double success.

"I hope we can win the league as soon as possible so we can concentrate on the Scottish Cup," said Mohsni.

"If we can keep winning perhaps we can clinch it in February especially if we beat Dunfermline at the end of this month.

"A win might leave too much of a gap to catch up so we must keep on going.

"It is unusual in Europe for a league to be won so quickly but the manager has brought together a strong team.

"When you are lucky enough to have Jon Daly, Lee McCulloch and all these good youth players doing well it becomes easier."