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5th Jun, 2018 | 2:59pm

'Very harshly treated' - Former Rangers captain opens up on Ally McCoist reign as manager

Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch believes Ally McCoist was “very harshly treated” during his time as manager at Ibrox – but admits it was “part and parcel” of the club’s situation at the time.

McCoist eventually resigned in December 2014 after years of turmoil at Ibrox and McCulloch thinks it was a “real shame” the way it all ended for the club’s all-time record goalscorer.

McCulloch thinks McCoist will always be a “legend” to Gers fans – and admitted that he would “love” to see him return to the dugout and prove his ability as a manager.

“He was very harshly treated at Rangers in my opinion, and it was a real shame for me the way that it all panned out in the end, but he knows as well as anybody that was just part and parcel of the times that we were going through,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“He will always rightly be classed as a legend among the Rangers supporters, but I think he maybe carries an unfair reputation as a coach because of what happened when he was in charge at the club, and I’d love for him to get the chance to redress the balance and show everyone the undoubted ability he has in the dugout.”

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McCoist was incredibly harshly treated towards the end of his time at Ibrox and others would have given up long before he did. At the time McCoist did finally quit, the Gers were an absolute shambles and resigning a few hours before kick-off of a live TV game probably wasn’t the biggest surprise that week. The Gers icon looks much better after time away from the game and getting back into the game is something that few would have any complaints with. ‘Super’ always brings a smile and a laugh – as well as being an incredibly knowledgeable football man – and clubs would be better with him involved in some form than doing punditry on TV and radio. Anyone that’s ever spent the slightest bit of time in McCoist’s company talking about football will know just how passionate is for the game. Having someone like that involved can only be a good thing.

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