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Ally McCoist’s untidy exit from Rangers, when it is finally realised, will bring a disappointing end to the former striker’s time in charge of the Glasgow giants.

McCoist has handled the difficult position with all the grace, dignity and winning mentality you would expect from a club legend. He has been far more than the ‘safe pair of hands’ some thought he would only turn out to be when he stepped in to the breach back in 2011, charged with helping Rangers get back on their feet following the financial meltdown.

McCoist has generally been able to justify the Scottish football betting odds, as he’s managed to successfully guide Rangers from the bottom up to the second tier in the last three years. He’s done it without too much moaning and groaning despite having his hands tied in the transfer market. He’s also usually had to work with ongoing internal disputes, power struggles, yet more allegations of financial mismanagement and then, belatedly, poorer-than-expected results on the pitch, such as losing to Queen of the South.

But the way he is now making what could be a drawn-out exit from Ibrox leaves a bad taste. Some are even calling it an undignified departure for a man who should be held up as a beacon of hope and a stellar club legend who has given his all, both professionally and personally, to try and help get Rangers back to where they belong.

The fact that some Rangers fans have voiced their opposition to McCoist’s team selection and some of the tactics he has adopted in recent weeks is disappointing, as he continues to try his best in what is clearly a difficult environment for the manager to be working on a daily basis.

Rangers have relied on the 52-year-old in their time in need and it will rank as a shame when he does eventually depart, whether that is at the end of the season or at some point over the next weeks and months after it emerged he had tendered his resignation. 

Just why exactly the man who scored more than 250 league goals for Rangers is now on the verge of leaving Ibrox remains somewhat of a mystery, although it is no surprise that a club that has had such a complicated recent past off the pitch should see their manager depart in less than straightforward circumstances.

McCoist has reportedly lost the support of the Rangers board due to this season’s less-than-impressive form. But they have also admitted they do not have the funds to pay the manager off in full so he is more than likely set to stay on for the rest of the season. Although, the way things have developed at Ibrox over the year it wouldn’t be a major shock if there are more twists to come and McCoist does go earlier.

The problem Rangers have – if they needed any more – is that it is unlikely anyone new coming in would do a better job than McCoist and, while up-and-coming coaches may fancy a spell in the spotlight in trying to prove themselves, experienced managers are not expected to be banging down the Ibrox door in the search of taking over.

McCoist’s exit is on the cards, even if it could be prolonged. But it will be a sad day when he does depart.

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I wanted to bring your attention to this excellent interview with Celtic legend Sean Fallon. Not only was he Celtic’s captain in the 1950′s but he played in the famous Celtic 7 Rangers 1 and then worked as Jock Stein’s #2 as The Bhoys won the European Cup in 1967.

The interview was conducted by my good friend Scott Johnston for his excellent site TheFootyBlog.net

CHECK OUT THE EXCELLENT INTERVIEW HERE

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The 2011/12 seasons are kicking off all round Europe. The Premier League in England starts today and the leagues in Germany and Scotland are already underway. I called together the talents of some of the best writers around to give you a glimpse into their predictions for the season ahead.


Terry Duffelen is one half of the excellent “Bundesliga Show” podcast and the fantastic new website “Bundesliga Lounge” be sure to check it out. Here are Terry’s predictions for new Bundesliga season.

Who do you think is the favourite for the title in your respective league and why?

I’m placing my fiver on FC Bayern Munich for the title. Mainly because they rarely go two seasons without winning it but also because I think they have finally addressed their defensive problems with the recruitment of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Rafinha to their ranks. I think Bayern could win the league by ten points or more.

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Hello..this week on the podcast I was joined by Chris Mayer from 6 pointer, Dave Bevan from the 72.com and Scott Johnston from the footyblog.net. We discuss this week’s four Champions League games. The pod answers how they think Chelsea will be lining up in the future, also answer whether Serie A is going backwards in terms of quality.

In part two, we take a look at our respective leagues of interest Chris (Belgium) Andrew (France) Scott (Scotland) Dave (The Championship) – and we pick out a team, a outstanding player and a young prospect to look out for. And we also pick out the most underrated players from the Premier League this season.

So plenty to look forward to, I hope you enjoy the show.

Oh and forgot to mention it on the show, but this week’s guest predictor is John-Burn Murdoch from the Trequerista site. Good luck John.

(click the big 27 to be taken to the download page  :) )

 

 

 

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On the pitch it has not been a good season for Stirling Albion they are currently seven games without a win, second bottom of the Scottish First Division, would be bottom if it wasn’t for Dundee’s point deduction. Let’s not dwell on the negatives though. Today Jocky Scott was announced as the new manager and he has a fight against his old club Dundee if he wants to keep them in the First Division. Jocky has a player in Gordon Smith that has the qualities to fire the team to safety.

Nineteen year old Gordon Smith is currently on loan from Hearts till the end of the season. has scored seven goals in fifteen games and if Jocky Scott can get Gordon back on the scoresheet regularly then Stirling will have a great chance of staying up.

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I’d like to welcome the Editor of World Football Columns – Martin Palazzotto to gibfootballshow, Martin is an outsider from a Scottish football point of view, no bias, no conspiracy just a fantastic writer. Here is his take on the Neil Lennon situation.

When I was a kid, like every other, I would go to my father whenever my mother said I couldn’t have something that I wanted.  If he said no too, well, that was what grandparents were for.  I think that’s where the legal appeals process originated.

Like my childhood self, Celtic manager Neil Lennon doesn’t enjoy taking no for an answer.  It’s been two months since the “Hassle at the ‘Castle” but Lennon has refused to give up the fight or his paranoid conspiracy theories regarding Scottish referees.

I mean, everyone has calls go against them but when you’re Celtic, part of the Old Firm, the most storied club in the land and there’s only one other team to worry about, Rangers, who are now chasing you rather than vice versa, thanks to the biggest snowfall the country has seen since Sean Connery first said “Hello Moneypenny” back in 1962, you have to believe you’re getting more than your share of the breaks.

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When you’re down at the bottom of the table, you need some degree of luck on your side when you come up against the better teams in league. However if you don’t work hard at the basics and give a team space to play you will be punished, and that is exactly what happened to Hibs on Saturday.

With the pressure on both sides as the teams emerged from the Easter Road tunnel there were a couple of interesting selection choices from either manager. The home side started with Derek Riordan and Merouane Zemmama upfront, a strange choice with neither known as an out and out striker; Calderwood will have hoped their movement could cause problems to the Celtic defence.

Neil Lennon welcomed back Gary Hooper to the Celtic frontline and partnered him with Anthony Stokes in attack, relief for the Irishman after his frustrating lone role against Hamilton on Wednesday. Scott Brown started in place of Joe Ledley in the middle of the park, hoping the Scot would add more bite to team.

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It is a pleasure to welcome talented writer Callum Tyler to gibfootballshow. Too often Glasgow is known as a two team town, as Callum describes that’s really not the case.

I’m sitting in the downstairs lounge of my local sports club. Having just finished watching Liverpool’s latest capitulation against Manchester United I dart over to the Sky box and discreetly change the channel to Leicester versus Manchester City (as a City fan this is what I’ve come to see).

Midway through the first half Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall wanders in with his young son. McCall is decked out in full red, yellow and black Thistle tracksuit gear having, I assume, just come from a training session. I’ve seen him around here a lot but I’ve never talked to him. He notices the City shirt I’m wearing and surprises me by starting up a conversation about City’s chances in the Premier League. We discuss football sporadically throughout the match. He’s clearly passionate about the game and knows his stuff.

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Guest writer Alan Temple looks at why David Goodwillie and Kenny Miller must give serious thought to any offers from abroad which come their way this January.

 

There is a real temptation to file Kenny Miller’s link to Fiorentina/Marseille and David Goodwillie’s supposed interest from Kaiserslautern firmly under ‘B.S. for Bullsh*t Scotland’; a folder which, incidentally, is already looking obscenely rotund following the insertion of Scott Brown to Inter Milan, Kris Boyd to Lazio and Adam Rooney to Kuban Krasnodar in recent weeks.

However, if there proves to be substance behind these links then it would be foolhardy for the two players to cast aside moves which could potentially shape and enhance the rest of their playing days, and their potential coaching careers beyond that, simply because they could earn more money in the sickeningly wealthy Barclay’s Premier League.

The list of Scottish players who have chosen moves abroad in recent years (for the sake of brevity let’s call ‘recent times’ the last 25 years) ahead of moves down south or to the Old Firm is a fairly short, yet illustrious, roll-call of talent – and the experiences gained, the good habits picked up and the new football philosophies awakened in some of these players should serve as a lure for Kenny and David to shake of this island mentality and broaden their horizons.

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To kick off the New Year in style, I thought it would be good while some of the bigger leagues in Europe are just returning from their winter break that a special Scottish Football podcast was in order.

I am joined by Grant Russell from STV Sport, Scott Johnston from TheFootyBlog.net and Tom Hall from The Scottish Football Blog as we discuss the goings on in the SPL, the Old Firm game, League reconstruction, Transfer news and a bit of good ol fashion banter.

To download the direct feed of the podcast you can click the image below

To subscribe to the podcast and all future episodes, why not click the link below and as if by magic it will appear in your iTunes library

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