ONE-TIME Rangers owner Craig Whyte wanted to give Ally McCoist the boot as manager at Ibrox.
The businessman planned to replace the club legend with Derek McInnes, who was then in charge at St Johnstone.
Whyte was keen to make the dramatic change when he took over the financially-stricken club in 2011, according to a report in The Herald.
However, McCoist’s contract meant the incoming chairman could not afford to get rid of him.
FACE IN THE CROWD…Craig Whyte prepares to watch Rangers in action.
In his autobiography, due to be published next week, Whyte makes the claim about the club’s iconic hitman and said it was too expensive to axe the personality because of his “ridiculous contract”.
McCoist continued as manager until 2014 when he was removed and placed on gardening leave before eventually agreeing a deal to quit when Dave King gained control of the club.
Whyte said: “Ally McCoist was untested as a manager, but I had no choice but to keep him as it would have cost the club £1million to break his contract.
“My hands had been tied by the old board. It was probably the moment when the inexperience of our young manager was most exposed.
“Had Walter Smith still been in charge and been able to guide us into the Champions League, I firmly believe I would still be owner today.”
The book is due to be published on the eighth anniversary of Rangers going into administration.
THREE SEEKING SHADE…Ally McCoist, Walter Smith and Kenny McDowall.
Whyte, 49, insisted he couldn’t care less about what happens to the club in the future and believed he was the one who was wronged.
He remarked: “I’ve never known a deal like it. It seemed that everyone I came into contact with tried to shaft me. Many of them succeeded.
“I don’t care what happens to Rangers now – but I have a lot of sympathy for the Rangers supporters.
“Those fans have suffered more than anyone, and through no fault of their own.”
He added: “I thought the board were a bunch of pompous buffoons and meeting them served no purpose.
“I decided they were all going to have to go sooner rather than later.”