Ally McCoist silent on speculation as Rangers crash to defeat

Rangers manager Ally McCoist arrives for Friday night's game at Palmerston Park
Rangers manager Ally McCoist arrives for Friday night's game at Palmerston Park

Ally McCoist has refused to confirm or deny he had offered his resignation as Rangers boss – but hopes he will still be in charge at Ibrox next season.

A day of rumour and speculation ended in more uncertainty as the Light Blues manager turned down several chances to explain what had happened.

Reports emerged around 1.30pm suggesting the 52-year-old had handed in his 12-month notice period required by his one-year rolling contract.

Sources later claimed his resignation offer – which could cost the club up to £1.4million in severance payments – had been knocked back by the Light Blues’ cash-strapped board.

McCoist was, however, in the dug-out as his side took on Queen of the South at Palmerston.

But after the recent humiliating losses to Hearts and Alloa, he was forced to sit through another torturous display as Kevin Holt and Gavin Reilly gave the Dumfries side a 2-0 win.

After the match, McCoist was asked to clarify his future but said: “I have absolutely no comment on rumours.

“I can’t have any bearing on speculation. I will deal with cold, hard facts. I think you know me well enough that I will give you an opinion on that. But I can’t comment on speculation.”

But when he was asked if he believed he would still be the Light Blues boss next season, the club’s record scorer – who was famously quoted saying he “did not do walking away” – said: “Absolutely. I’m the Rangers manager and that will hopefully be the case for the foreseeable future.

“I told the (players before the match) I was the Rangers manager and I would continue to be the Rangers manager.

“We will be back in at Murray Park tomorrow. Will I be acting as if nothing has changed – 100 per cent.”

Reports in recent weeks have also claimed football board chairman Sandy Easdale and his brother James, a PLC director, have been behind attempts to axe the manager.

Both were at Palmerston to watch McCoist’s side lose for the third time in the Scottish Championship this season.

Defeat to the Doonhamers now leaves the Ibrox side in danger of dropping 12 points behind leaders Hearts and out of the race for automatic promotion. The Jambos can inflate their current nine-point advantage if they beat Cowdenbeath in Fife today.

“There is no doubt that Hearts will be absolute outright favourites to win the league and get automatic promotion. Nobody would doubt that,” McCoist said. “We will continue to fight.”