Ally McCoist slams new Rangers role of director of football
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 08/03/17 6:28pm
Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist says it is “absolute rubbish” to suggest employing a director of football will help them improve.
The club has been looking to change the management structure of the club since former boss Mark Warburton left Ibrox in February.
Pedro Caixinha, a Portuguese coach currently in charge at of Al-Gharafa Sports Club in Qatar, is expected to become the new manager but it is the creation of a director of football role that McCoist is riled about.
"I hear people saying, 'the director of football for Rangers is the way ahead'. I have never heard so much nonsense in all my life. Absolute rubbish," McCoist told Sky Sports News HQ.
"Rangers need investment. We could get the best director of football on the planet but if he has not got any money to work with, how is he going to turn Rangers into a better team in the short term?"
Southampton director of recruitment and scouting Ross Wilson is understood to have turned down the director of football role, while Tottenham's former head of recruitment Paul Mitchell could be in line for the role after leaving Spurs.
But McCoist - who scored 276 goals in 453 appearances as a player for Gers and was manager between 2011 and 2014 - believes significant investment is the only way the club will become competitive again.
Third-placed Rangers lie 33 points behind rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership ahead of their meeting on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
"With the greatest of respect, it doesn't matter who comes into that job at the moment, if it's Walter Smith, Jose Mourinho or Alex Ferguson, they need help," McCoist added.
"They need financial help and financial investment in the club and the team.
"Clearly, I do not want the club to go down the route they did before, through administration and liquidation, but at that particular time I know for a fact the debt they had at the club was manageable.
"There were other reasons form us at that time but I am not advocating that at all in terms of putting the club in jeopardy.
"That said…the hardest thing is providing it and getting the investment but that is what is required to help the next Rangers manager, whoever he may be."
Watch Celtic v Rangers on Sunday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 1 HD and Sky Sports 5 HD at 11:30am.