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Do I trust this board to adequately replace McCoist?


No, I don't, but a Dave King-dominated board with Walter Smith advising would have Ally in charge for years to come and with excuses being trotted out for every predictable failure.


This board, trusted or not, should be ready to replace the management right now. If it has any sense it will find someone with no Rangers connection who knows how to get teams playing football in an entertaining and attacking manner - and there should be no McInnes, no McCall, no Davies and no taking advice from Walter Smith.

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In answer to the OP's question = no:




RANGERS manager Ally McCoist says he still believes in himself and in his team's ability to win the Scottish Championship despite today's 2-0 defeat at Tynecastle leaving them nine points adrift of Hearts.


McCoist was on the end of abuse from some of his own fans as 10-man Rangers fell to their third defeat of the season.


A sweeping first-time effort from Jason Holt sent Hearts on their way in the 56th minute and Jamie Walker's late penalty sealed a win that puts McCoist under serious pressure.


But he said: "I don't think about that myself and that's the truth. My only concern is the team and the club getting back to where we want to be.


"Today is another reminder that it's going to be difficult, very difficult. But I am still as firmly focused and determined and full of belief as I ever have been."


McCoist added: "It's going to be difficult but it's not insurmountable, that's for sure. We are not halfway into the season, there's a long long way to go.


"Hearts are playing very well but I think we showed enough, particularly in the first half, that we are more than capable of closing that gap.


"Nine points is not ideal, far from it, but we have a firm belief that we can do it. It's not going to be easy but we still believe we can be champions come May."


The club's record goalscorer was subjected to abuse from a significant section of the away support when he took off Lewis Macleod for Kris Boyd in the 80th minute, although they were soon drowned out by chants of "Super Ally" from other Rangers fans.


McCoist said: "I've had it before, probably more than most. I am aware of it, absolutely.


"It ain't nice, I'd be lying if I told you otherwise. But I've been in the game long enough to know that it's part and parcel, particularly at the club."


While McCoist faced the criticism from fans, the manager levelled his own at Steven Smith, who was shown a straight red card in the 21st minute for a studs-showing challenge on Callum Paterson.


"Initially, crazy as it may seem, the way the game went for 10 minutes after the sending-off wasn't too bad," he said. "I thought we were the better team in the first half by some considerable way.


"But I was very disappointed in the sending off. It put us up against it, against a team who are playing very well at the moment. I feel Steven has let his team-mates down with the challenge."


Smith's tackle was arguably no worse than subsequent fouls by Kenny Miller and Boyd, the first of which saw Kevin McHattie leaving the field on a stretcher with a knee injury and forced the manager to take the striker off moments later.


And McCoist admitted his side could have showed more focus on the football in a game that yielded nine yellow cards.


"There were one or two needless challenges, particularly in the second half, that put us under pressure again, and then you have to make decisions, because you are down to 10 men and don't want to lose any more men. That was a disappointment.


"But the positives are we absolutely kept going until the end and were fully committed."

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Repetitive that he shouldn't be allowed to continue in the roll. Davies and McCall would both do better but are both unappealing.


So many names could do better but would be unrealistic targets. Ive always thought Id like to see Kevin Keegan in charge with Ray Wilkins as his assistant but that boat has probably sailed.


A realistic team who I think would do well for 18 months would be Jimmy Calderwood with Jimmy Nicholl, and I would add they could bring in Brian Laudrup as first team coach.

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what do you think the two Jimmy's would bring that McCall wouldn't? Not saying I'd be against them taking over until we got stabilised - just don't see what they have that wee Stuarty doesn't.


I just think McCall would be viewed more as the ex player tag. I know Nicholl played for us but almost 30 years ago. I also know Calderwood is supposed to be a Rangers fan but he doesn't fit in with this 'must be a rangers man' things that often gets viewed. As a duo they seem to have good leadership and tactical knowledge. Calderwood likes to play a good brand of football, knows some of the European lower leagues well and with the second most expensive squad in Scotland I think he would put something on the pitch that shows that.


Both are affordable if Ally did walk.

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