Mark Hateley and Ally McCoist are up there with the best double acts in the famous history of Glasgow Rangers.
During the nine-in-a-row era, Hateley and McCoist’s little and large combination brought plenty of goals, laughs and most importantly, trophies.
And such was the understanding between the two, Hateley said he much preferred playing with Scotland legend Super Ally to England World Cup hero Gary Lineker.
When asked whether he preferred McCoist or Lineker on the Football Daft podcast [episode 3, 50mins] Hateley replied, “McCoist, every day.
“McCoist was the greatest goalscorer I ever played with. As a partner for me, absolutely 100%.
“He was the ideal player for me, and I was the ideal player for Alistair. I saw after three days in training his finishing was ridiculously good. He’d score all sorts of goals.
“So the frustration that Graeme had, I sort of tried to say to Alistair ‘right this is what we’re going to do, you could score twice as many goals.’
“I told him that he gets in and around the box, if you’re within 10, 15 yards of me, you’ll get chances. And he went up to 48 straight away.
“But the best year for me was when Alistair broke his leg! I scored 30 goals that season.”
It’s high praise indeed for Super Ally. Lineker plied his trade with the likes of Barcelona and Spurs and stole the show at numerous World Cups.
One of the finest goalscorers in England’s history, for Hateley to place McCoist above the striker speaks volumes for how good Coisty was.
Mark Hateley continues to work in an ambassadorial role for Rangers, recently taking a trip to Shanghai to launch Rangers Soccer Schools in China.