Rangers icon Ally McCoist has taken aim at reported Gers target Lyle Taylor after he refused to return to paying with current side Charlton Athletic.

Taylor’s contract runs out on June 30th and with the Addicks set to return to league action 10 days earlier, the former Falkirk star is one of three Valley players to refuse to return.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 23: Rangers manger Ally McCoist during the Scottish Championship League Match between Rangers and Dumbarton, at Ibrox Stadium on August 23, 2014 Glasgow, Scotland.

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McCoist was far from impressed and insisted that the 30-year-old has to honour the contract he signed and admits he would be “livid” if he was in Charlton boss Lee Bowyer’s position.

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“I’ve got a problem with any player whose contract has not expired and is not playing,” McCoist said on TalkSPORT.

“I’ve got a problem with that because when you sign a contract, no matter what it is, for any length of time or period, the first thing that any footballer should do when signing a contract is agree to honour that contract for that period of time.

“I don’t care if it’s one year, 12 months, 14 months or five years. If you are happy enough to sign that contract you have to honour that contract!

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“It works both ways,” he continued. “If you want the club to look after you for five years or two years, whatever it is, you have to make yourself available for club duties – and clearly playing for your club is a club duty.

“If your club contract is not up or expired – I would be absolutely livid if I was Lee Bowyer or any football manager or a fan if a player doesn’t want to play.”

McCoist was heavily criticised by some fans after he was put on gardening leave by the club as he saw out the notice period on his own contract as manager.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Lyle Taylor of Charlton Athletic reacts during the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton Athletic and AFC Wimbledon at The Valley on December 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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It’s hard to argue with Super’s view though as fans would be quick to jump on a player if they refused to play for Rangers despite still being under contract.

With four weeks until his deal expires, it would probably be best for Taylor to swallow his pride and see out his final month with Charlton rather than potentially see his registration held up by the FA and UEFA.

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