Rangers icon Ally McCoist has opened up on his ‘dream job at a nightmare time’ and insisted he still has no regrets over his stint as Rangers boss.
McCoist resigned eight years ago, kicking off an acrimonious dispute with the club when he was placed on gardening leave, with the club’s all-time record goalscorer admitting he had done “anything but managing” when he was in charge.
Super admits his time in the hot seat would make “some book” as he discussed the “crazy” spell as manager of his boyhood heroes.
“A dream job at a nightmare time,” McCoist told The Times.
“It would be some book but they wouldn’t believe it. I ended up in the High Court as a witness to the fiasco that was going on around me.
“I don’t regret [taking the job] because it was my club growing up as a boy and I played there for 15 years.
“In many ways I was masochistically pleased that I was in charge, [working with] Ian Durrant [the first-team coach] and people that knew and cared about the club.
“But it was anything but managing. We had four players turn up for pre-season training. Absolutely crazy.
“The hardest thing wasn’t players leaving but people losing jobs who have been there for 20 years, delivering mail and doing things that people take for granted.
“That was heartbreaking. It was everything to them.”
While there were plenty of unpopular decisions made by McCoist at the time, it is fair to say history has been kind on his reign as Rangers boss.
Super was effectively working with both hands tied behind his back and he deserves a huge amount of credit for what went on behind the scenes at the club.
As a parade of charlatans came for their pound of flesh, McCoist – alongside the likes of Sandy Jardine – stood up for the club and helped avoid a nightmare scenario somehow becoming even worse.
Meanwhile, before taking any transfers into account Rangers could have up to six players ruled out of the rearranged Old Firm derby with Celtic in February.