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End game in sight for Ally despite block on quit offer

McCoist says he's still the boss but ibrox reign is nearly over

Ally McCoist is insisting he remains Rangers boss despite growing speculation he has offered to quit.

McCoist has refused to comment on whether he offered to resign as Rangers manager but did say he was "100 per cent committed" to the club.

However, it appears that McCoist's Ibrox reign is grinding to a halt.

The 52-year-old has come under pressure from supporters in recent weeks, with the Glasgow giants trailing Hearts by nine points in the race to win promotion to the Scottish Premiership, and various reports yesterday suggested he had tendered his resignation.

However, McCoist took charge of the Light Blues for their Scottish Championship match at Queen of the South.

The Gers slumped to a 2-0 defeat last night and McCoist then batted away questions over his future at Ibrox.

In his post-match media conference, he said he expects "100%" to be back at work tomorrow, as if nothing has changed.

Asked how he would sum up his time as manager, McCoist replied: "Eventful."

And is there more to come? "Absolutely." He added: "No excuses - performance not good enough. We'll look at it tomorrow morning and we'll move on."

The club have refused to comment on the story and, speaking to BT Sport before the game in Dumfries, McCoist was more interested in talking about the match.

"I am completely focused on the game and I can't comment on anything else," he said. "You'd need to task the club about all that.

"I've no idea if this will be my last game. I certainly hope not. I've no plan to talk to the board and there's nothing on my mind other than picking up three points.

"I can assure (the fans) I am 100 per cent committed on getting them back to the top."

McCoist is publically remaining defiant but privately the end is nigh and two former Rangers players - Terry Butcher and Stuart McCall - have been installed as early favourites.

Butcher this week pulled out of the shortlist to start a second spell as manager at Motherwell as successor to McCall. They are closely followed by another former Rangers player, Billy Davies, whose last managerial job was with Nottingham Forest.

Former England midfielder Dennis Wise, who last managed at Leeds United in 2008, is also highly quoted, having been director of football under Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, who has helped fund Rangers this season.

McCoist was a real Ibrox favourite as a player scoring 355 goals in all and was part of the Rangers team which won nine league titles in a row in the 1980s and 1990s.

However, his tenure as boss since taking over from Walter Smith in 2011 has been far from plain sailing.

Supporters' criticism of his tactics and signings have increased this season in the wake of some poor performances and results.

Aside from defeats to Championship rivals Hearts and Hibernian, the Gers have failed to beat Alloa in three attempts, with the recent 3-2 Challenge Cup defeat to the Wasps - after blowing a two-goal lead - bringing McCoist's managerial abilities under even more scrutiny.

In addition to general disgruntlement at Rangers' performances and style of play, the seemingly-endless battle for power at the cash-strapped club over the past few years has left many fans disillusioned and that has led to falling attendances at Ibrox.

Last night's defeat reflects the turbulent period the club is going through.

McCoist said afterwards: "The buck stops with the manager. Hearts are absolutely firm favourites.

"I think the fans will get some clarity (over the next few days) - I can't comment myself. I'd like to thank the supporters. They did not get a performance tonight. There's promotion to be played for. It looks as if there's a confidence crisis."

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