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Friday 29 August 2014

Rangers manager Ally McCoist bewildered at Easter Road call

Rangers manager Ally McCoist doesn't understand the League's choice

Boss Ally McCoist admits he has been left baffled by the Scottish Professional Football League's decision to hold the Ramsdens Cup final between Rangers and Raith Rovers at Easter Road.

The competition is contested by Scottish football's lower league sides but the Light Blues' presence in the last two this year meant a larger than usual venue was required to accommodate the club's support.

With Hampden unavailable due to preparations for the Commonwealth Games, McCoist says he would have preferred 60,000-capacity Celtic Park to be given the nod ahead of the home of Hibernian, which holds 20,000.

And, if determined to see the April 6 clash take place in Edinburgh, the Gers boss believes league chiefs should have given administration-hit Hearts a cash boost by selecting Tynecastle as the cup final venue.

Asked for his thoughts on the decision, he said: "It baffles me to be honest with you.

"If I'm the managing director of the sponsors, I would want it at the biggest venue.

"If the Scottish Cup final can be held at Celtic Park, I would have thought the Ramsdens could have been held at Celtic Park.

"With the increased opportunity for coverage and, indeed, revenue it would have been more sensible to me.

"But they decided to take the game to Edinburgh and, in doing that, I would have given it to the club that need the money.

"I would have given it to a team in administration and tried to help them out that way.

"But, for whatever reason, the game is being played at Easter Road, which we are fine about.

"We don't have a problem with it at all.

"We are just delighted to be in the cup final and we will go to Edinburgh," McCoist concluded.

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