Ally McCoist keeps open mind on fans running Rangers

Ally McCoist: Open mind. Picture: SNS
Ally McCoist: Open mind. Picture: SNS
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RANGERS manager Ally McCoist says he is open to the idea of fans being involved in the running of the club.

Hearts supporters yesterday took a step closer to a takeover of the stricken Edinburgh club when the Foundation of Hearts were granted preferred bidder status by administrators. A fan ownership model is also in place at Portsmouth, after the Pompey Supporters Trust completed its purchase of the club in April.

Like Hearts and Portsmouth, Rangers also endured a difficult period off the pitch when they were forced to call in the administrators in February 2012, before being consigned to liquidation. A consortium led by Charles Green then purchased the business and assets of the club for £5.5million last summer.

Following the developments with Hearts, McCoist was asked for his thoughts on whether a fan ownership model could work at Rangers. He said: “I certainly think it’s an option. I don’t have a 100 per cent view on it but it would be wrong of me to say that the fans shouldn’t have a say in the running of the club, especially in modern times. It’s something you would need to have a sit-down and a good think about but I certainly wouldn’t be against it.”

Green resigned as chief executive in April and has recently returned to the club as a consultant. His future at Rangers will be discussed at a board meeting on Tuesday, with the three main fans groups calling for his removal. The Yorkshireman has already been involved in a war of words with McCoist since his return, after claiming the manager would have a problem if he fails to win a cup as well as the league this season.

McCoist declined to be drawn on off-field issues at his pre-match press conference yesterday. He said: “We will see what happens at the board meeting on Tuesday. We will look forward to tomorrow’s game and concentrate on the football.”