Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Rangers manager Ally McCoist shrugs off latest uncertainty

Focused: Ally McCoist preferred to concentrate on football
Focused: Ally McCoist preferred to concentrate on football

Rangers manager Ally McCoist refused to discuss the ongoing power struggle at the club as he blanked questions about which faction had his backing.

The Light Blues boss has been left in an impossible situation by this week's latest bitter fall-out.

Former director and would-be investor Dave King and a coalition of supporter groups have both issued votes of no confidence in the Ibrox board this week.

But the Rangers directors responded by claiming King's call for fans to place their season-ticket cash in a trust fund that would drip-feed the club money was "destabilising and damaging."

But at his press conference yesterday afternoon, McCoist was asked which side of the increasingly entrenched divide his loyalties lay but only said: "I am here to talk about the football today and that is all I will be talking about."

Asked if he could understand why the fans would look to the manager for guidance after another week of turmoil, McCoist responded: "Absolutely. And you can understand that while I'm sitting here, all I will be talking about is football."

Rangers are just three victories away from clinching promotion to the Championship but there are still real concerns amongst the Ibrox faithful about the club's fragile financial state.

The club posted a £14.4million loss for the first 13 months after it was reformed in the summer of 2012 while McCoist's players were asked to take a 15 per cent pay cut only last month.

That request was rejected and the Glasgow giants were forced to arrange a £1.5million loan just to keep the lights on at Ibrox for the rest of the season.

Rangers face East Fife at New Bayview today but their boss does not believe the latest negative headlines will put the unbeaten table-toppers off their stride.

He said: "The players throughout the last two years have done exceptionally well putting outside things to one side and just concentrating on their job, which is to win games.

"So I don't see any changes in the last two or three days."

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