Rangers boss Ally McCoist casts scouting net

BOSS: Rangers' Ally McCoist
BOSS: Rangers' Ally McCoist

Manager Ally McCoist believes the worldwide coverage of Rangers’ demotion to Scottish football’s bottom tier can help him attract players to Ibrox.

The Light Blues were voted into the Irn-Bru Third Division in the summer after being consigned to liquidation and losing their status as a Clydesdale Bank Premier League club.

The story has attracted interest from around the world, with a number of foreign reporters present at media conferences and matches this season as Rangers begin their journey back to the top of the Scottish game.

And McCoist hopes such widespread exposure can boost his chances of selling the club to potential signing targets.

A transfer embargo means Rangers must wait until September 1 before they can register free agents - and January 2014 before buying players - but can negotiate pre-contract agreements this month.

McCoist said: “We’ve got a massive list of players from all over the world which we are looking over at the moment.

“We’re keeping on top of the SPL players because we’d be crazy not to but we’re looking far outwith that as well.

“We’re doing our groundwork early and we’ve got to do that. We can’t register players until September but we’ve got to continue to scout.”

He added: “We’ve had camera crews and journalists here from all over the world and what is happening here has very much become a global story.

“I don’t think that has done us any harm in the respect of trying to get players in,” he added.