Rangers manager Ally McCoist welcomes SFA inquiry

McCoist's "we don't do walking away" speech has been adopted by the fans
McCoist's "we don't do walking away" speech has been adopted by the fans

Ally McCoist says he wholly supports and encourages the Scottish Football Association's full independent inquiry into the activities of Rangers.

McCoist's club called in the administrators on Tuesday over an unpaid tax bill of £9m accrued since Craig Whyte's takeover in May.

"Personally, as manager of the club, I would encourage it," he said.

"I would encourage it because the amount of clarity that comes out of the whole issue is vital to everybody."

Scotland's football governing body has expressed concerns about Scottish champions' "developing situation" and McCoist said Rangers fans, employees and the media all need full disclosure.

"We want all the facts and the figures and everything disclosed," he said following the 1-0 home defeat by Kilmarnock.

"It's the very least the supporters and staff deserve and you would see that as a way forward too. So any investigation, myself as manager of the club, would wholly support.

"Listen, we have to have clarity for us to move forward. We have already taken a right good few steps back, so if there are any more to go back, we are as well getting them now because we've got a long way forward."

Ally McCoist suffered on the touchline as Rangers lost to Kilmarnock
Ally McCoist suffered on the touchline as Rangers lost to Kilmarnock

A crowd of 50,268 packed into Ibrox, with fans desperate to demonstrate their backing for McCoist and the players.

However, a turbulent week - which included being automatically docked 10 points by the Scottish Premier League - was to end in further disappointment when a Dean Shiels goal sealed victory for Kilmarnock.

"It hurts an awful lot because we all really, really wanted to get three points for the supporters," admitted McCoist.

"It goes without saying that we try to do our best and try to win games at the best of times, but today it's really painful that we didn't manage to do it for the fans."

McCoist said that Kyle Bartley had missed the match through injury and not because his loan from Arsenal had been cut short.

The manager also revealed that illness was behind his decision to withdraw another defender, Dorin Goian, after just 21 minutes.

"To be fair, the situation with Goian was that he's had a fever and has basically been in his bed for three days," added McCoist.

"I chatted with him and he was very keen to play, which, as you can imagine, is highly commendable.

"But he was obviously not anywhere near fit enough and I fully accept the responsibility of starting him and taking him off. He just wasn't up to it."

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