Rangers manager Ally McCoist relaxed over Conference talk

Rangers' manager Ally McCoist
Rangers' manager Ally McCoist

Ally McCoist will treat talk of Rangers joining the Blue Square Bet Premier League “with a pinch of salt”, as the Football League poured cold water on the idea of a move to English football.

The debate over whether the Light Blues should seek to quit Scotland was reignited by chief executive Charles Green as he hit out at league reconstruction plans.

Conference chairman Brian Lee refused to rule out the possibility of Rangers joining his division, with the issue set to be discussed at a meeting of clubs on Monday, January 21.

McCoist said: “We will just wait and see what happens.

“I take a lot of it with a pinch of salt because doors get closed in your face and other ones are half-open and other ones open up.

“Until there is anything concrete, I wouldn’t really comment on it. But it’s nice to see that they’re not slamming the door in our face.”

Rangers revealed they have now sold more than 38,000 season tickets - higher than their last two campaigns as a Clydesdale Bank Premier League side.

And, despite their Irn-Bru Third Division status, they currently have the highest average attendance in Scotland, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Newcastle the only clubs in the UK drawing in bigger crowds.

McCoist can understand why some English clubs would be keen to see Rangers join their ranks.

He added: “We are where we are at the moment but the teams in the SFL would hopefully back us up and say we are still a very big pull and a massive club.

“It’s understandable that perhaps some of the clubs in the Conference would welcome us.

“I’m sure they would welcome us as much as the teams in SFL3.

“I am pretty open about change but the one thing I am opposed to, more than anything, is the change for the start of next season.

“My biggest problem is with moving the goal-posts within the season - that’s what I’ve got a big problem with.

“The 14-14-14 certainly appeals to me more than the 12-12-18.”