Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall has opened up on a hilarious moment with Ally McCoist and Walter Smith as he discussed his enduring love for the game and why he thinks football is “bloody brilliant.”
Back in 2008, during McCall’s first spell in charge at Firhill, Rangers were the visitors in the League Cup when David Rowson’s one-on-one with Neil Alexander was saved before the Gers went right up the pitch and scored an extra-time winner through Portuguese maestro Pedro Mendes.
While McCall still winces at the memory of losing out so late to the Gers, Rangers legend Ally McCoist quickly changed the mood with one of his characteristic quips.
“The Rangers lads come in here for a drink,” McCall began [BBC]. “Walter is sitting here, I’m there, [Ally] McCoist is there. Walter knows I’m absolutely gutted, so he’s being really nice, as usual, because he was such a great man.
“A week earlier, Coisty had played in a testimonial for the late Jamie Dolan at Motherwell. Coisty had just turned 45 and he’d scored a hat-trick. There was a big lull in the room. Nobody was saying much. I’m broken. Walter understands it. McCoist is McCoist. He goes, ‘Colly?’
‘Aye, what is it?’ I say.
‘See my hat-trick?’
‘Do you think there’s a better over-45 player in the world right now than me?’
“I looked at Walter and he’s trying not to laugh and as much as I’m raging I couldn’t help but burst out laughing. I mean, it was magnificent. Football is bloody brilliant.”
It’s just McCoist all over the back, isn’t it?