Midweek D-day for Rangers players and staff

By Chris McLaughlinSenior Football Reporter, BBC Scotland
McCulloch arrived in Inverness ready to play as a stand-in striker again
McCulloch arrived in Inverness ready to play as a stand-in striker again

Rangers' administrators are expected to make an announcement on the future of the Scottish champions' staff and players on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Manager Ally McCoist remains hopeful of avoiding cuts to his staff but has a meeting planned with administrators.

"I will go into it with a very open mind," he told BBC Scotland after the 4-1 victory away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

"And, once we sit down next week, hopefully they will be clearer."

Director of football Gordon Smith and chief operations officer Ali Russell have already been told to go.

And Under-17 team coach Alan Kernaghan has left Ibrox to join Uwe Rosler's backroom team at League One club Brentford.

Manager Ally McCoist said on Friday that he had not been asked to select players for redundancy by adminstrators Duff and Phelps.

"I have had very honest and, indeed, productive conversations with Paul Clark from Duff and Phelps, who have the utmost respect for," said the manager.

McCulloch scored in Rangers' 4-1 win over Inverness
McCulloch scored in Rangers' 4-1 win over Inverness

"I am not sure that right now is right time to talk about that. What I am very hopeful of is that the club moves forward in a positive way.

"I have no doubt we will do that. In whatever shape or form we do, I'm not sure yet.

"But I will be supporting this club in the way forward and I'm sure that's going to happen very soon."

McCoist insists he was still in the dark over about any possible staff cuts but wishes to distance himself from choosing which players might leave if any of his first-team squad have to lose their jobs.

"My understanding is that I will meet with Paul Clark whenever he wants and I imagine it will be early on in the week about what he thinks is the way ahead for Rangers," he said.

"Morally, I should not and will not be judge and jury over anyone's future.

"Having said that, I will help the administrators 100% in any way I can.

"Every conversation I have had with Paul Clark and Simon Shipley of Duff and Phelps has been positive.

"They seem to be knowledgeable and respectful of the size and sensitivity of the job.

"Hopefully we will sit down in the next day or two and things will become clearer."

McCoist is already having to dig deep into a squad depleted by the January sale of Nikica Jelavic to Everton and the failure to complete the signing of free-agent striker Daniel Cousin before a transfer embargo was imposed as a result of administration.

Striker Andrew Little, who has returned from a loan spell with League Two outfit Port Vale, started up front along with veteran midfielder Lee McCulloch against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Sunday.

Salim Kerkar, who has been with the club since 2010 without yet making a first-team start, was been given a place in midfield.

He, Little McCulloch and captain Steven Davis scored the goals at Caledonian Stadium

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