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Ally McCoist is still adored by Rangers fans, insists John Brown

By Andy Newport

Former Rangers defender John Brown insists Ally McCoist will be welcomed back to Ibrox "with open arms".

The club's record scorer has not been spotted at his old stomping ground since his surprise appearance at last month's general meeting to see the board which axed him as boss swept out of power.

It was a fleeting visit as the 53-year-old crept into the ground just moments before shareholders gave Dave King's bid for power their blessing, before hurrying away afterwards.

McCoist was removed from the manager's office back in December as relations with the old board crumbled and has spent the four months since on gardening leave.

The terms of his contract mean the nine-in-a-row favourite cannot return until his 12-month notice period expires.

But Brown insists King's team will never turn their back on a man who struck 355 goals in Light Blue - even if his tenure as manager ended in disappointment as Hearts romped to the Scottish Championship title.

Brown said: "I know what Ally went through as manager. I worked under him when Craig Whyte was in charge.

"If you don't have the man at the top working with you then it is always going to be hard. But the Rangers fans love Ally and I'm sure in time he will be welcomed back at the club with open arms.

"People can criticise the football played but remember, he was dealing with the worst board in Rangers' history. That must have been difficult.

"Ally will be back at some stage, sooner rather than later.

"He has Rangers in his blood and is loved by the fans for what he did during nine-in-a-row. Whether they were critical about him as manager or not, they remember what he gave to the club."

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