Rangers legend Brian Laudrup has insisted that Ally McCoist’s legacy as a club legend remains unblemished despite his managerial stint.
McCoist was put on gardening leave in December 2014 as his Rangers side struggled in the Championship with Hearts runaway league leaders.
The 53-year-old has not been to Ibrox since March’s AGM, but since then fans criticised the former striker for holding out until September to rip up his lucrative contract with the Ibrox club.
Laudrup, who played alongside McCoist, believes that his former team mate will be welcomed back by the majority of the Rangers fans though – despite what transpired during his managerial tenure and the aftermath.
The forrmer Danish international, who helped with Monday’s Scottish Cup fifth round draw, said: “It was an immense task for Coisty under very difficult circumstances. I even read that it was the most difficult moment of Rangers’ history to be manager at that time.
“I think Ally has shown as a player and a manager for so many years just how much of a club legend he is. Whether he will be asked to come back – and whether he wants to come back – remains to be seen. But there’s no doubt he is one of the greatest players and personalities the club has ever seen.”
Laudrup, who works as a TV pundit in his native Denmark, came close to rejoining the Ibrox club as an international ambassador – offered to him by former chief executive Charles Green.
He added: “I was asked a couple of seasons back by Charles Green about becoming a club ambassador. It was under very difficult circumstances. I said back then that if I could help out in any respect I would love to do it. But then Charles Green left or disappeared or went to France – I’m not sure what happened – and I never heard a word again.
“But there are different people who have taken over now, the right people I hear. They will take some time to get it right. Hopefully, that will be the case. I was saddened to see what happened to the club.
“You leave your heart at every club you play for but some clubs you leave a lot more. For me it was very sad. If you had asked me five or 10 years ago could this happen to Rangers I’d have said, ‘No chance’. But then it happened. I think it will be tremendous when this club gets back to the top flight again – and it will happen.”