Ibrox Stadium

Next Game

Rangers v Ayr United

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 19:45

Scots One

Last Game

Stenh'muir 0 - 4 Rangers

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Scots One

Smith backs protege McCoist

Walter Smith has defended Rangers manager Ally McCoist against accusations he was overpaid for too long.

Last Updated: 09/10/13 at 08:01 Post Comment    Bet with SkyBet  Scottish League 1. Click here to bet.

Ally McCoist and Walter Smith during Smith's most recent spell as manager

Ally McCoist and Walter Smith during Smith's most recent spell as manager

The Ibrox club's recently-published accounts revealed McCoist earned a salary of £825,000 before agreeing to an unspecified cut.

Rangers ran at a £14.4m loss over a 13-month period until the end of June, and some supporters contacted local media to point out that several players agreed wage cuts soon after the 'oldco' club entered administration in February 2012.

But Smith, the former manager who recently left his position as non-executive chairman, reckons the man he nurtured as a future boss deserves credit for accepting a pay cut at all.

He said: "People have to remember that contract was signed when Rangers were in the Premier Division and had an opportunity of getting to the Champions League.

"That's where that started and I don't think it was any of his doing that Rangers have ended up in the situation they're in.

"They've adjusted to that now, everyone has made it clear what's going to happen, and Alistair has agreed to take a cut.

"It's good of him to do that because he's put his career on the line - I don't think he'd ever have imagined managing Rangers in the circumstances that they find themselves in."

Bet with SkyBet  Scottish League 1. Click here to bet.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Reports: Moyes facing the sack

According to various reports, David Moyes is set to be sacked from his role as Manchester United manager.

Moyes demands final push

Manchester United boss David Moyes has challenged his under-fire players to end the season on a high by winning their four remaining matches.

Champions League: Atletico Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois happy to take on Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois is delighted to have been cleared to face parent club Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals.

Mail Box

'Tactically Inept And Lacking In Belief And Style'

It's fair to say that the 'Moyes Out' brigade is understandably out in force, whilst there are also staunch defences of Mourinho and Arteta. Plus, Liverpool fans can almost taste it.

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property