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
But McCoist is simply pleased to see someone at the helm again
as Rangers continue on the road to recovery following their
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
“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
“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
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
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