04 February 2013

In Ally We Trust

By William Cahill | CRO Guest Contributor

Since the loss to Dundee United in the Scottish Cup, the Rangers support seems to be split over whether or not Ally McCoist is the right man to take our club forward. This isn’t the first time that such a debate has surfaced this season and it certainly creates quite a discussion.

Now, for most Bluenoses, it’s an absolute no-brainer. Ally must stay. Which I personally agree with 100%.

His loyalty and strength during the dark days of administration and liquidation will never be forgotten by the Ibrox legions. And let’s not forget his 355 goals in 581 appearances which were spread out over 15 years of service when wearing the famous blue jersey.

Some fans seem to have very short memories and want to see him ousted from the managerial hot-seat. Others even become petty and begin insulting his dress sense.

We should not be bickering between each other on this subject. We should all be right behind the gaffer. He and the players need us. We are, as Mr McCoist put it himself, the Twelfth Man.

Sure, his tactics and choice of player may need to be shaken up. Players like Ian Black and Francisco Sandaza may need a boot up the arse. But remember, that these boys are not a team yet. They are still in the gelling process.

We lost a lot of talent when the likes of McGregor, Whittaker, Davis and Naismith walked out. But we must move forward. It’s perhaps taking a little longer than we’d expected but of course the illegal transfer embargo has hardly helped Ally’s cause.

Coisty and the team need the backing of every single Rangers fan. He seems to have the backing of the board and of the players. Just give him time and he will deliver the goods.

Close your eyes and picture in your head when Rangers become Scottish champions again, which we will with Ally at the helm, lifting that trophy aloft. Couldn’t be more perfect, eh? It’s only a matter of time.

Patience is a virtue, my friends and fellow Bluenoses.

No matter what though, in Ally, there undoubtedly lies a winner. He’s a born-and-bred Ranger with blue blood running deep through his veins. He may have appeared as quite the comedian during his Question of Sport days but in Ally there is also steel and grit, a hunger for success. He is a man driven by determination and hard work.

He didn’t win all those titles, trophies and 2 European Golden Boots by sitting on his backside and twiddling his thumbs. He turned things round at Ibrox as a player. He can certainly do the same as our manager.