Wilson sweating on McDonald

Hull midfielder Tom Cairney is looking forward to being part of
the Tigers’ promotion-chasing squad again after recovering from
injury.

The 21-year-old ended a period of nearly four months on the
treatment table due to a knee injury when he came on as a
substitute against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Steve Bruce’s side went on to win that game 2-0, their third
straight victory, to leave them just three points off Championship
pacesetters Cardiff.

Cairney revealed his relief at returning to first-team action in
a second-half cameo and conceded the Tigers’ recent good form made
his reintegration easier.

“There were a few butterflies when the manager told me I was
going on because I’d been out for a long time and we were 1-0 up,”
he told Hull’s official website.

“To be back out there was a great feeling, though, and because
the team and the players are full of confidence, it makes it a bit
easier for me.

“The boys are flying at the moment and it’s been a struggle just
to get back into the squad.

“With the ability that we’ve got in the squad, we’ve definitely
got a good chance of doing something this season and the belief is
there within the changing room to achieve that.”

The Govan club’s record goalscorer and current manager confirmed
he has backed with his own money chief executive Charles Green’s
share issue, which was originally planned to raise ?20million.

Green claims to have raised ?17million of institutional
investment and has ring-fenced ?10million worth of shares for fans
who have until Tuesday lunchtime to sign up.

McCoist is already listed in the share offer prospectus as
owning one million shares in the club, a stake of just under
3%.

The brochure goes on to state that he will have more than 70,000
more shares after the new shares are issued but a smaller
stakeholding of less than 2%.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s Third Division game against Annan
Athletic at Ibrox, the former Rangers striker revealed he has given
Green’s plans for the future of Rangers a “vote of confidence”.

“I have personally invested in the club,” said McCoist. “I think
the best way to put it is that I have bought shares in the club as
a fan, I haven’t bought them specifically as the manager.

“I wanted to do it as a supporter and when I am long gone the
shares I have invested in the club will be passed down in my
family.

“It is obviously close to my heart and like a lot of Rangers
supporters will do, I did it on behalf of my family, it’s not so
much for myself, more for my sons than anything else.

“I have been incredibly boosted by the level of support shown by
the fans.

“In the rebuilding process that we are all part of – and it is
the early stages – I wanted to give my own vote of confidence if
you like, in buying shares in the club.

“As I say it is something a lot of Rangers fans will do for
their own families, hopefully, and being one of them I felt it was
something I wanted to do.

“The long-term future of the club is of paramount importance and
we are going to do that with the support and help of people around
the club.

“We have plans and agendas for the future and it will be
determined by level of support shown from supporters and indeed
other people.”

A battling 4-2 win over Montrose on Saturday kept Rangers at the
top of the table and McCoist believes that his side, now into their
second round of fixtures against their Third Division rivals, are
getting used to life in the fourth tier of Scottish football.

“I think the novelty factor has perhaps worn off a little bit
for the opposition,” he said. “I am hoping that’s the case,
although I am contradicting myself because at the weekend Montrose
looked a different proposition than they did at our place. They
were well up for it and really gave us a game.

“That said, I am hoping our players know what to expect now in
terms of the opposition and the competition.

“And I don’t want to tempt fate but that type of game at the
weekend, we might not have won at the beginning of the season away
from home.

“We are getting to know each other and I am just hopeful that
the players are developing a toughness and a winning attitude which
is very important.

“Annan will be boosted by the fact that they gave us a proper
game at their place when there were no goals.

“I am just hopeful that we are a different proposition at home
than we were down there.”

Wilson revealed he almost selected the influential midfielder,
who has been sidelined with an ankle problem, in the Blades’ 0-0
draw with fellow high-flyers Tranmere on Saturday.

In the end, Wilson opted not to risk the 24-year-old, instead
deploying Ryan Flynn in a central berth.

“I am hoping Kevin will be available for Crawley (on Saturday),”
Wilson told the Blades’ official website.

“I was amazed how close he got to being fit at the weekend.

“We wanted Ryan to try and create from the centre of the park.
With all due respect to David McAllister, he is a different type of
player – more of a box-to-box midfielder.”

After visiting Crawley, Wilson’s men entertain Scunthorpe and
Hartlepool before new year hoping to move into the League One
automatic promotion places.

Wilson believes their cause will be boosted by the return of
striker Dave Kitson, who made his comeback from a hamstring strain
against Rovers.

He added: “It was great to see Kits back because he will offer
us so much in the coming months, but he needs time on the pitch
now.

“He gave everyone a lift, especially the fans, because he is
already something of a hero with the Kop.”