McCoist: Advise Gers fans

Rangers manager Ally McCoist believes the club’s supporters
should be issued with a safe songsheet outlining just what chants
are and are not acceptable.

The Ibrox faithful were criticised after they were caught on
camera belting out a string of sectarian anthems and other
unacceptable songs during Saturday’s Irn-Bru Scottish Football
League Third Division match at Berwick.

Club bosses even issued a statement halfway through the Glasgow
side’s 3-1 win at Shielfield expressing their concern over the
chants.

And broadcasters ESPN also made an on-air apology to viewers who
were offended by the supporters’ actions as they screened the match
live.

McCoist have urged fans to “behave” while following the Light
Blues but suggested it might help supporters if they were told
exactly what songs they were and were not allowed to sing.

He said: “If that eradicates the problem, then I’m all for it –
absolutely all for it.

“Anything that would move us forward and eradicate that problem
that we had at the weekend would be helpful.

“It might seem like a drastic measure but if it helps, then I
don’t have a problem with it at all. In fact, I’d encourage
it.”

UEFA issued Rangers with a 40,000 euros (?35,180) fine and
banned its fans from travelling to Sweden for the club’s Champions
League qualifier against Malmo last season after they were charged
with sectarian singing during a Europa League match at PSV
Eindhoven in March, 2011.

But McCoist insists the club has been stringent in its work to
rid its support of the sectarian element.

“The club has taken giant strides to move forward,” he said.
“The vast, vast majority are of that opinion and that is what we
want.

“There is no place for Saturday’s songs in the modern game, we
all know that. They are unacceptable and there is no place for them
in a modern society.

“We are doing our best to move forward and some massive, massive
steps have been taken. The weekend was obviously a disappointment
but I’m not going to get too carried away with that disappointment
because we want to keep moving forward again.

“I don’t have any doubts that the majority of our fans want to
leave those days behind us.

“We will move forward, because we have got a phenomenal fan base
who have been nothing short of fantastic this season. The vast
majority of them know what is expected, because they are
representing the club as well.

“It’s important that they behave themselves and the club has a
good image moving forward.

“I want them to come and sing the songs that get the Rangers
team going but support them in the proper manner. That is exactly
what we want.

“I’m very hopeful that this is just a minor hiccup.”

Rangers return to the scene of their only league defeat of the
season when they face Stirling Albion at Forthbank on Tuesday
night.

Brian Allison struck for the Binos in a stunning 1-0 win back in
October but since then the Ibrox men have gone on to open up a
22-point lead at the table summit.

That has now put them potentially within six wins of the title
but McCoist insists his only focus is finally winning in
Stirling.

He said: “That was the venue of our only defeat this season and
I can obviously remember it well. It was a very disappointing
performance. Certainly it was one of the blacker days of the season
so far.

“So we will know what to expect. Even at Ibrox, I thought
Stirling played well and made it difficult for us.

“But we are just concentrating on winning the league, not where
or when we win it. I haven’t even looked at when it could
happen.

“Let’s be quite frank about it. We have got ourselves in a great
position to go on and win the title. Hopefully that is the case,
and if it is, hopefully it is sooner rather than later.”