Dodds: Semi-final show takes heat off Ally

FORMER Rangers striker Billy Dodds reckons Saturday's improved Scottish Cup showing against Dundee United has eased the pressure on under-fire Ibrox boss Ally McCoist.

Loading Comments
Ally McCoist urges on his players against Dundee United on Saturday
Ally McCoist urges on his players against Dundee United on Saturday

The Light Blues gaffer had come under severe criticism from fans in recent days after the champions' Ramsdens Cup final defeat to Raith Rovers at Easter Road last weekend, with some wanting him sacked.

Rangers have turned in a series of below-par performances on their way to the League One title this term but upped their game against United as they came close to a semi-final shock at Ibrox.

Missed chances and lapses came back to haunt the Light Blues as Jackie McNamara's side ran out 3-1 winners to reach the Parkhead final.

But Dodds, who had four years at Ibrox and lifted the Scottish Cup with the Gers in 2000, insists McCoist deserves credit after his side raised their game on Saturday.

He said: "He got it spot-on at the weekend. Jon Daly won a lot of balls in the air and, even when he didn't win it, he caused United problems and that is how Dean Shiels got his chance, which he should have done better and stuck it away.

"Big Daly caused United problems all day but it is limited, there is not much mobility from him and you have to create chances for him to score goals.

"I think Ally got his tactics right and he has answered a few of the questions put at him this week building up to the United game."


Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

The Look Awards, a bra fitting and going veggie at Usha’s.




Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

Jam packed with Empire biscuit making.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.