Wilson sweating on McDonald

Hull midfielder Tom Cairney is looking forward to being part of

the Tigers’ promotion-chasing squad again after recovering from


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


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


“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


“He gave everyone a lift, especially the fans, because he is

already something of a hero with the Kop.”