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Sad: Kenny McDowall misses ex-boss Ally McCoist at Rangers

Sad: Kenny McDowall misses ex-boss Ally McCoist at Rangers

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Sad: Kenny McDowall misses ex-boss Ally McCoist at Rangers

Kenny McDowall admits it is difficult to enjoy his role as Rangers caretaker manager and would much prefer Ally McCoist to be in charge.

McDowall, like McCoist, is serving a 12-month notice period but unlike the former Rangers striker he remains on duty.

The former Celtic reserve coach, who has been at Ibrox since 2007, has this week had to contend with an ongoing boardroom power struggle, controversy over supporters' sectarian chants and fresh disciplinary problems for goalkeeper Steve Simonsen. Yet it has by no means been one of the most turbulent weeks in recent Rangers history.

And even a victory over Raith Rovers appeared to have done little to boost McDowall's mood as he looked ahead to Falkirk tonight as Rangers continue their promotion challenge.

"I'm trying to enjoy it but there's a lot to take on board," McDowall said. "What I have got to try and do is get the team winning. When I'm doing that, I'm enjoying it. It's not easy but we have got to do our best. We need to get promotion this year."

When told his job appeared a difficult task, the former St Mirren striker said: "It must look that way, it certainly feels that way. I have never done this before so it's difficult."

When asked whether he would prefer to have done the job at a different time, he said: "Not particularly because I came here with Walter Smith and I was very fortunate to be asked to be Ally's assistant. I would much rather Ally was sitting here and not me, to be honest with you.

"But circumstances have dictated that I'm sitting here so I just have to get on with it."

McDowall confirmed staff at the club had been paid their monthly wages and admitted he was surprised at James Easdale's resignation from the board but otherwise side-stepped questions on off-field matters.

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