Ally McCoist: Rangers' Hero
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Ally McCoist is one of Scottish football's best-loved characters. In a two-decade career, he won the hearts and minds of legions of fans as he established himself as one of the most popular sporting personalities in the UK. A school boy prodigy, it was always clear that McCoist was destined for top flight football. At just 16 he signed his first professional contract with St Johnstone, shooting to prominence in the 1980/81 season, scoring 22 league goals and playing a starring role for the Scottish youth team. He was soon hot property. After two years of mixed fortunes at Sunderland, McCoist returned to Scotland and signed for his boyhood heroes Glasgow Rangers. Over the next fifteen years, he established himself as arguably the greatest goal-scorer ever to play for the club. He not only gave heart and soul for Rangers but was also capped 61 times for Scotland. An authoritative and affectionate portrait of this much-loved sportsman, Ally McCoist - Rangers' Hero charts the highs and lows of a fascinating career, culminating in McCoist reaching legendary status. It also looks at the events that helped to shape his life - overcoming homesickness when first playing for an English club and how he coped when his young son had to undergo several life-saving operations. Having hung up his boots, Ally's vibrant personality made him a natural for the television screen. Now, however, he has come full circle and returned 'home' - after a successful spell as assistant manager at his beloved Rangers, he has taken over the reins to become manager. This wonderful book is a must-read for any football fan or indeed for anyone captivated by this large-than-life character.
table. There was disappointment in the Champions League too, when Borussia Dortmund left Glasgow with a point following a 2-2 draw at Ibrox. Rangers twice battled back from a goal down, courtesy of headers from Gough and Ferguson, but Juventus’ 3-0 win over Steaua meant that, after the opening two matches, the Light Blues were anchored to the foot of Group C. McCoist failed to score in both games, but when Rangers returned to the home of their arch-rivals on league business on the last day of
Burns left the club in 1994 to take over the reins at his beloved Celtic, while Alex Totten took over and continued Burns’ good work. When Totten moved to Falkirk in December 1996, Bobby Williamson, a member of the playing staff at Rugby Park, took charge of team affairs and led Kilmarnock to the Scottish Cup final in 1997. Their opponents at Ibrox on 24 May were ironically Alex Totten’s Falkirk, but a first-half strike from Paul Wright took the Cup back to Ayrshire for the first time since 1929.
been involved in on countless occasions throughout his playing career, and his contribution delivered the first piece of silverware of the Smith-McCoist era, ending a three-year trophy famine for Rangers in the process. It was perhaps fitting that the League Cup, a tournament in which he had claimed nine winners’ medals as a player, should present McCoist with the first gong of his coaching career, and he was also quick to lavish praise on the match-winning hero. ‘He [Boyd] is probably the only
to nil in their third outing. They were in nosebleed territory. With seven points from a possible nine, perennial strugglers Sunderland found themselves fourth in the First Division. Alas, it was yet another false dawn, and they were soon sinking to the bottom rather than rising to the top. Coventry were the first team to inflict defeat on Alan Durban’s side when they won 1-0 at Highfield Road and, a week later, a trip to the seaside was far from pleasant as Brighton and Hove Albion edged a
Scotland in a World Cup qualifying match against Yugoslavia in Zagreb three days earlier, was in the midst of a dry spell, too. Following his treble against Arbroath, the marksman had failed to hit the target for four matches, but he eventually broke his league duck for the season when Dundee visited Ibrox in mid-September. After twice being denied by Bobby Geddes, McCoist fired Rangers into the lead in the twentieth minute with a close-range finish, and he looked to have secured full points for