Ally hoping that King can strike peace deal at Ibrox

Rangers manager Ally McCoist
Rangers manager Ally McCoist

Rangers boss Ally McCoist is praying Dave King can strike a peace deal with the Rangers board and end the Ibrox off-field saga once and for all.

South African-based businessman King flew into Glasgow on Thursday night ahead of meetings with the new League One Champions’ supporters and investors.

The former director will also head for a showdown with Light Blues chairman David Somers after advising fans to withhold their season-ticket cash as concerns linger over the state of the club’s finances.

The ruling Rangers regime - which presided over last year’s £14.4million loss - have accused King of “damaging and destabilising” the club with his statements.

But McCoist hopes the two sides can now find a way to end the battle for boardroom control.

He said: “I won’t be privy to any of the meetings but I just hope that we can all move forward afterwards.

“Like any Rangers fan, I would be very hopeful the outcome would be positive for the club.”

“And then we will see what happens after that.”

McCoist again refused to discuss the specifics of the rumbling row but did admit it had been a distraction to his job of managing the team.

“Both the board and Dave have said it is best that I concentrate on the football,” said the club’s all-time record scorer.

“A few months ago, it was perhaps part of my job to get involved [with the off-field matters]. But now that there is a proper board in place and Graham Wallace there as chief executive, that side of things will be left to them.

“I’m not sure if that makes my job any easier but it certainly allows me to focus 100 per cent on the football, which in all honesty I haven’t been able to do in the past. If that is a criticism of myself then so be it.

“You hope things would calm down and they have calmed down a little bit. But obviously there are still ongoing issues and I appreciate that.

“But I have to say I think the club is in a far better place than it was this time last year. Now we just need continued improvement on and off the park and that’s what we hope to do.

“[If this was all put to bed by the time we were back in the Premiership] would be ideal but all we can do is concentrate on the football. The off-the-field stuff will look after itself. There are other people to deal with that.”