Ally McCoist’s timeline as Rangers manager



Ally McCoist’s timeline of highs and lows as Rangers manager.

22 February 2011: McCoist unveiled as Walter Smith’s successor as Rangers manager. Takes on the position in June of the same year.

2 March 2011: A summit to tackle Old Firm-related disorder is announced following Celtic’s 1-0 Scottish Cup win over Rangers at Parkhead. Three Rangers players were sent off and the future Rangers manager McCoist and Celtic manager Neil Lennon were separated after comments from the Rangers assistant sparked a touchline fracas.

August 2011: Rangers out of the Champions League qualifiers losing to Malmo, they are then beaten in the Europa League qualifiers by Slovenians Maribor ending their European campaign with four games played.

September 2011: Rangers’ League Cup defence ends at the first time of asking against Falkirk.

5 November 2011: Rangers move 15 points clear of Celtic having played two games more, rival Neil Lennon’s job is under threat. Celtic would overturn that 15 point gap over the Christmas and New Year period.

13 February 2012: Rangers apply to go into administration and a day later they are officially announced as being in administration. The Ibrox side are deducted ten points as per SPL rules on club’s in administration. Rangers will end the season in second spot, 20 points behind rivals Celtic.

16 February 2012: McCoist issues the phrase: “We don’t do walking away.”

June 2012: HMRC reject a CVA proposal and the club is liquidated. Green purchases the club’s assets, but several first team players refuse to tupe their contracts over – including Allan McGregor, Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker.

July 2012: Rangers start life again in the Third Division – despite desperate attempts by SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster and SFA chief executive Stewart Regan trying to keep the Ibrox side in the SPL and then the First Division.

A year-long transfer embargo is imposed on Rangers, despite originally fighting the ban, but the Scottish FA rather than implementing the ban immediately give Rangers time to sign players – such as Ian Black, Francisco Sandaza, Dean Shiels and David Templeton.

October 2012: Despite having a wage bill second only to Celtic, Third Divsion Rangers crash out of the Ramsdens Cup to Queen of the South and lose their first four away games in the league against part-time opposition.

They are also knocked out of the League Cup by Inverness at Ibrox, losing 3-0.

30 March 2013: Despite Rangers’ early problems they secure the title with a 0-0 draw away to Montrose and Ally McCoist lifts his first piece of silverware as Rangers manager.

3 August 2013: Rangers again drop out of the League Cup at the first time of asking, this time after a 2-1 defeat to Forfar. Charles Green states that McCoist has to win at least one major piece of silverware this season or he will be out of a job. McCoist brands the Yorkshireman an ’embarrassment’.

12 March 2014: Rangers secure the League One title after being unbeaten throughout the season and with that automatic promotion to the Championship.

6 April 2014: Rangers are beaten 1-0 in Extra Time of the Ramsdens Cup Final by Raith Rovers.

12 April 2014: Dundee United beat Rangers 3-1 in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox.

10 August 2014: Rangers lose their opening league game at Ibrox, 2-1 to Hearts.

September 2014: Rangers lose 3-1 to Hibs at Ibrox.

4 October 2014: With pressure mounting on McCoist following a raft of poor performances, McCoist claims that his wage doesn’t mean the club can’t afford to sack him.

26 October 2014: Chief Executive Graham Wallace leaves the Rangers board.

22 November 2014: Hearts beat ten man Rangers 2-0 at Tynecastle to move nine points clear at the top of the Championship.

3 December 2014: Rangers lose a two-goal lead in the last 20 minutes of the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup, to lose 3-2 to Alloa.

12 December 2014: Hours before their league game against Queen of the South, Ally McCoist hands in his resignation. That night with McCoist still in the dugout Rangers lose 2-0.

15 December 2014: Rangers announce to the London Stock Exchange that McCoist handed in his resignation.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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