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Ally McCoist refusing to be distracted by off-field turmoil

By Lisa Gray

Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists he will continue to ignore headlines regarding the club's off-field issues and focus instead on steering their Clydesdale Bank Premier League title campaign back on track.

The Scottish Football Association have contacted the Scottish champions to seek clarification after the club confirmed owner Craig Whyte was previously disqualified as a company director.

The news was issued in a statement to the PLUS Stock Exchange on Wednesday as Rangers released their annual financial figures in the year to June 30.

Reports yesterday also claim the Ibrox side could face expulsion from European football next season unless their finances are put in order.

McCoist said: "It doesn't affect me to be honest. There is no point worrying about things you can't affect or have a bearing on.

"My job here is to run a football team and hopefully put a winning team on the park. There is no use worrying about other things that you can't control."

He says the same applies to his players, who are only concerned with producing the goods on the park. McCoist added: "They are brought up in an environment where it's like that all the time with the newspapers, media, television, radio.

"If you start worrying about it, you've got no chance. The players certainly won't worry about that.

"If we are going to worry about anything, I think we would have started worrying well before now.

"The players are a great set of boys, they have been and they will continue to be. I don't have any worries or concerns about that." Asked about cash to spend on new players in the January transfer window, the Rangers boss said: "We will find out nearer the time. We would hope, like anybody else, that we could maybe make one or two changes.

"I'm totally aware of the situation the club is in at the moment and the welfare of the club is the most important thing."

He added: "I've got a good relationship with the owner. It's my first time in the job and it's all relatively new to me but I would have to say it's been a great working relationship."

Rangers head into today's clash with Dunfermline (3pm) seeking a return to winning ways after drawing with St Johnstone.

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