Outgoing Rangers boss Ally McCoist in emotional farewell

Outgoing Rangers' manager Ally McCoist
Outgoing Rangers' manager Ally McCoist

Departing Rangers boss Ally McCoist made an emotional farewell speech to his players and told them to make him proud by pipping Hearts to the Championship title.

The club’s record scorer has been put on gardening leave from the remainder of his 12-month notice period after handing in his resignation 11 days ago.

McCoist’s former number two Kenny McDowall has now been placed in temporary charge until the end of the season.

The manager met his squad for the final time at Murray Park on Monday morning, just as the club’s directors were being booed and heckled at a stormy Ibrox AGM.

But the 52-year-old used his final words to fire up the Light Blues for the title run in as they try reign in Hearts’ nine-point lead.

McDowall, speaking to the media for the first time since he was put in charge on Sunday night, said: “We need to give the fans something back. We set out to win this title and that is still the aim. Nothing would make Ally McCoist more happy than the boys doing that.

“Yesterday was a sad day. Ally came in to say goodbye to the players and the staff. The man that he is, he finished by saying that nothing would make him more proud than if they went on to win the title. It would be a great tribute to Ally if the boys could pull that off.”

McCoist’s turbulent three-and-a-half year reign was finally brought to an end late on Sunday night.

The former Scotland striker had been determined to see out his year-long notice period but just 14 hours before the club’s directors were set to face off against seething shareholders, a brief three-line statement confirmed McCoist was gone.

McDowall’s first match in charge will come against Hibernian this Saturday.