McCoist: Green can lead the way

The manager has welcomed the return of leadership at Ibrox

following a turbulent period which saw the club forced to call in

the administrators, before being consigned to liquidation.

Green already faces a Scottish Football Association charge of

bringing the game into disrepute for claiming bigotry was one of

the reasons for newco Rangers being denied entry to the Clydesdale

Bank Premier League.

He also claimed last week that there was “an agenda” against the

Glasgow giants.

But McCoist is simply pleased to see someone at the helm again

as Rangers continue on the road to recovery following their

financial collapse.

He said: “It’s been sadly missing. For about four or five months

there was nobody at all.

“There wasn’t a director, a chairman, a chief executive – there

was nothing really.

“It’s long overdue that we have someone to represent the club

and fight for the club and we’ve certainly got that at the

moment.

“Knowing Charles the short time that I have, he is obviously a

man who speaks his mind.

“He’s not afraid to stand up for what he believes is right and I

think the Rangers fans deserve that and they have been crying out

for that.

“I’ve not been surprised to see it, I’ve just been very pleased

to see it.”

Fans were initially wary of Green, following the ill-fated

tenure of previous owner Craig Whyte, but now appear to be warming

to the new regime.

Around 32,000 season-tickets have been sold so far despite

Rangers playing their football in the Irn-Bru Third Division this

season.

Green even posed with fans and signed autographs in the crowd at

Ibrox ahead of Saturday’s 5-1 win over East Stirling.

McCoist added: “He’s endearing himself to the Rangers support in

a number of ways and long may that continue.

“The fans deserve somebody who is going to fight their cause

and, in the early stages of Charles’ career at Rangers, they’ve got

somebody there who will do that.”

For McCoist, Green’s presence means he can focus on his own job

as manager again, having shouldered the burden as the club’s

unofficial spokesman for several months.

He said: “The last week has just been a different week entirely

just in terms of looking forward to games, getting players, and

just doing what managers and coaches do.

“That’s all we wanted, the opportunity to get back playing

again. There is a more relaxed atmosphere around the place with all

the staff, which is great.”

Asked if Rangers have now turned a corner, McCoist added: “It’s

going to be a really long road but you have to start somewhere and

I just feel that we’ve started the recovery to hopefully getting us

back to where we feel we belong.

“Last week, in terms of season tickets and sales for the East

Stirling game, was remarkable.

“Without getting carried away, overall it’s been a good week and

we’ve certainly got a starting point now where we can take the club

forward.”

Rangers travel to Falkirk on Tuesday for the second round of the

Ramsdens Cup, before the sides meet again in the Scottish

Communities League Cup at Ibrox next week.

The Bairns dumped McCoist’s men out of the League Cup last term

and the manager is wary of this latest clash.

He said: “We know all about Falkirk. We didn’t do well at all

last year there in the cup tie.

“In everybody’s eyes, I think they are one of the favourites and

in many people’s opinion they one of the better sides in the

division they are in.

“It’s a great game for us. All the cup ties will have as much if

not more significance for Rangers this season than they have in

many years.”