By James Black
Former Rangers boss Ally McCoist has joked that he “didnt have players that were any good” when asked about dealing with players during his time as manager.
During a conversation about England cricket star Ben Stokes’ recent troubles, the topic turned to McCoist’s experience of dealing with players who have found themselves in trouble.
The ex-Gers boss also admitted he now had sympathy for his own managers who had to deal with a younger McCoist as he got into all sorts of scraps during his record-breaking Ibrox career.
McCoist scored 355 times for the Glasgow giants to become the club’s all-time record goalscorer but still found himself on the wrong side of various managers for his off the field shenanigans.
“I had a great degree of sympathy for previous managers who probably had the same phone calls about me,” McCoist told TalkSport on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast on Friday morning, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It comes all the way round.
“But I always say, there’s no point in worrying about things you can’t have an affect on.”
“Unfortunately during my managerial career, I didn’t have any players that were any good!”
McCoist enjoyed a glittering spell as a player before becoming assistant manager to Walter Smith in 2007.
When Smith retired, McCoist replaced his mentor in the manager’s office and was in charge when the club was demoted to the Scottish Third Division in 2012.
Back-to-back promotions followed unsurprisingly before McCoist resigned as manager in December 2014.
The double European Golden Boot winner returned to punditry after his time in the hotseat at Ibrox and looks much more at home behind a microphone than he did in the dugout.
McCoist’s record as the greatest goalscorer in the Ibrox club’s history will likely stand for generations and despite his failed managerial reign, the Rangers legend will be linked with the club long into the future.
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