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McCoist has Rangers' concerns at heart

Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist insists he is happy to continue working without a contract until the club's financial worries are resolved.

Boss Walter Smith and his backroom staff agreed to work without new deals when their contracts expired in January as Rangers continue their search for a new owner.

McCoist said: “The most important thing is the club, the state of the club and the health of the club. Anything else is secondary and that's a fact.

“Somebody asked me if it's a worry that the club's finances haven't been sorted out yet and of course it's a worry.

“But, at the same time, if it takes that little bit longer and the decisions are the correct ones and the health of the club becomes very good again, that is the most important thing.

“Of course your situation as an individual is important but I think we all appreciate the far bigger picture and that the most important thing is the club.”

McCoist is expected to move into the hotseat when Smith quits but he does not believe the manager's departure date will be based on whether Rangers triumph in the SPL or not this season.

“I think it will depend how he feels more than anything,” he said.

“He has never given me any indication at all. I don't expect to hear any sooner or any later. He has made his own decisions throughout his managerial career and he will continue to do the same. I don't think anybody could deny that he's doing a good job.”

Meanwhile, Nacho Novo insists he is still in the dark over his Rangers future as he focuses on the club's quest for domestic glory.

The striker is out of contract at the end of the season and says he is more than happy to take a back seat and allow his agent to thrash out a new deal on his behalf.

Speaking ahead of tonight's Active Nation Scottish Cup replay against St Mirren, he said: “I don't want to know anything. I just want to concentrate on playing and that's all I'm going to do.

“It's down to my agent, that's why I pay him and he will deal with my contract. I don't want to think about anything. I just want to play and do well for the club.

“I've always been happy here and, while I'm here, I want to concentrate on my job and win games.”

Rangers hope to overcome St Mirren at the second time of asking to book a place in the last eight of the Scottish Cup, having already secured a meeting with the Paisley club in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final.

A 10-point SPL lead suggests a domestic treble is a realistic target but Novo was keen to stick to the party line.

“There is still a long way to go,” he said. “We are still in the position where we can do things but nothing is finished yet.”

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