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McCoist pays tribute to former Rangers midfielder Arnold Peralta

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Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist has paid tribute to Arnold Peralta after the former Rangers midfielder was gunned down in his native Honduras on Thursday night.

The 26-year-old was killed in a car park, while out shopping with his wife and friends, in his hometown of La Ceiba on the Honduran coast.

It is being reported that he was shot 18 times by a gunman on the back of a motorcycle, with local police ruling out robbery as a motive.

Peralta was signed Peralta from C.D.S. Vida in the summer of 2013 by McCoist and spent two seasons with the Ibrox side before leaving in January 2015.

Paying tribute, McCoist, said: “It is shocking news. All I can think about his wee daughter who is only a few months old. It is such a tragic waste of life for him to be taken from us in this cold-blooded way. I am finding it difficult to comprehend.

“I have got to say, no matter how it turned out, Arnold did me and my staff at Rangers a great service at the time. We were really toiling at the time that he joined us for transfers. The club was in chaos. But he took the chance.

“We couldn’t get players in at that period in time. Getting young players in on loan from top flight clubs down south in England proved impossible. They weren’t going to come to play in the Second Division.

“It is different now. There is a bit of stability at the club again which is fantastic to see. But at that time an international player coming from Honduras to Scotland was massive for us. It was a big move for him as well and we respected that.

“He didn’t play as much as he wanted to at Rangers and he let me know that. But that’s life. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful and appreciative we were that he took a chance to come to a new country and play for us at the time that he did.”

The former Rangers striker added: “Arnold was a good guy. He worked his socks off. He was a real old school player. There was a bit of devilment about him which I loved. He certainly wasn’t scared. I would far rather have him on my team than against me that’s for sure.

“His international manager at Honduras came over to Scotland to see him train and play when Arnold was with Rangers and it was clear he thought the world of him as well.”

Rangers will hold a minute’s silence before their league game on Saturday against Greenock Morton at Ibrox, to remember, celebrate and pay tribute to their former player.

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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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