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McCoist will be back in dugout: McCulloch

By Andy Newport

Rangers skipper Lee McCulloch has backed Ally McCoist to return to management after watching the former Ibrox boss bid an emotional farewell.

McCoist's three-and-a-half year reign was brought to an end last Sunday as the club put him on gardening leave.

The record-breaking striker's former assistant Kenny McDowall has been put in charge for the remainder of the season.

But what lies in store for McCoist remains unclear. He has already stated he would find it difficult to work for another Scottish club.

However, McCulloch reckons McCoist will be back in the dugout sometime soon.

Asked if he could see his former boss returning to management, McCulloch said: "I don't see why not. He has got great knowledge and has gained great respect."

Speaking ahead of McDowall's first match in charge against Hibernian at Easter Road today, the skipper added: "It is what it is. The gaffer is away and will be missed. But it is up to everybody at the club to get back to doing what we do best and that is winning games.

"You gauge yourself against the top teams in your division and so far we have come up short. But Saturday is a chance to put that right."

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