McCoist: SPFL is driving us mad

ALLY McCOIST has hit out at the SPFL for forcing Rangers fans travel to three away games in just six days.

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McCoist didn't want Stenny game this weekend
McCoist didn't want Stenny game this weekend

The Ibrox club will take on Stenhousemuir in a rescheduled League One fixture at Ochilview tomorrow afternoon. The game follows meetings with Airdrie at the Excelsior Stadium on Thursday and Dunfermline at East End Park on Monday.

And with a trek to Forfar looming a fortnight on Monday McCoist is furious with the governing body.

He said: "The game against Stenhousemuir shouldn't have been played this Sunday, it should have been played in midweek.

"That's our fourth game in 11 days. The way our club has been treated is not on. And then to make matters worse, they're sending us and our fans up to Forfar after that. So we play four games in 11 days, nothing for nine days and then they send our fans away up to Forfar on a Monday night.

"So I just think there's something not right about that."

McCoist revealed that pleas from Rangers to the SPFL to rethink the punishing run of matches have fallen on deaf ears.

Asked if Rangers had any input into the scheduling of the games, he said: "Yes, but it shows you how much they listen to us.

"At this time of the year, when money is scarce for everybody, it is ridiculous to ask our fans to travel a third away game and fourth game in 11 days.

"As I say, different initials, same old story."

McCoist added: "I understand more than anybody that we have to attract sponsors and attract television audiences,

"But I just feel once again our supporters are being asked to go the length and breadth of the country.

"That shouldn't be the case all the time. It's just as well our supporters are a strong bunch."

McCoist is also concerned about the impact so many games away from home in such a short space of time will have on his players.

He said: "Four games in 11 days for any set of players is very difficult.

"Lewis Macleod went down against Airdrie and and Ian Black has picked up a couple of kicks against Airdrie too. In an ideal world, they would have longer to recover."

Meanwhile, McCoist, who will meet chief executive Graham Wallace next week, has admitted he has targeted players he would like in the January transfer window.

He said: "If we get the green light to go, then we certainly have possible targets.

"We wouldn't be doing our jobs if we didn't."

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