By Richard Parks

Ally McCoist clashed with Charlie Adam over Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher before claiming the national team is crying out for a player like Kyle Lafferty.

Speaking on BBC 5 Live Sport on Thursday night, as cited by the station’s Twitter account, the Rangers legend disagreed with Adam’s views that his Stoke City team-mate was still a major influence.

McCoist famously fell out with Lafferty when he was manager at Rangers, once suspending the forward when he refused to travel to a match at Hearts because he felt he needed a hernia operation.

McCoist told Radio Five Live: “Darren Fletcher was a top player, not now.”

Adam, who emerged from the ranks at Ibrox when McCoist was Walter Smith’s No2, defended his Stoke teammate: “He is – he’s still one of our best midfielders.”

But McCoist replied: “He might be one of our best midfielders but he’s not now a top player. The bottom line is we don’t have the players.

“We have a squad of really honest hard-working good players that will do their best. That’s where we are at this moment in time.”

“We don’t have a [Gareth] Bale we don’t have a [Aaron] Ramsey. We don’t have the serious work ethic of the Republic [of Ireland].

“When it came to the crunch, Martin O’Neill could get those boys to get the sleeves rolled up and go and get the job done.”

The former Scotland striker also said he wasn’t surprised by Gordon Strachan’s axe and claimed the national side was missing a Lafferty-type forward.

The ex-Ibrox forward’s goals propelled Northern Ireland to Euro 2016.

McCoist put aside his history with Lafferty at Rangers to claim he is the type of player who would aid Scotland.

He said: “He’s in no way shape or form a Bale.

“But he scored important goals at important times.

“I love the passion of the two Irish teams. That has gone a long way in the qualifying campaigns.”

In other Rangers news, a £7.5million midfielder is firmly in the running to be the club’s next signing.

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