Rangers gaffer McCoist: Somers ticket talk scared me

RANGERS boss Ally McCoist has admitted he was alarmed when chairman David Somers expressed doubts about the Ibrox club's future this week.

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McCoist has refused to take sides in the dispute
McCoist has refused to take sides in the dispute

And he is hopeful talks between the board and fans can result in an agreement being reached for the good of the Glasgow giants.

The Light Blues released their interim financial results for the last six months of 2013 on Thursday, and they showed a £3.5 million pre-tax loss.

Somers admitted a plan by the Union of Fans - an umbrella group made up of six supporters' organisations - could affect the club as a "going concern".

The organisation intend to put season ticket cash in a trust and release it to the Light Blues when their demands are met.

So far more than 6500 fans have registered interest on the Union of Fans website and pledged to take action. Somers this week stressed the move would have a "negative impact on short-term cash balanaces" and "impact on our ability to progress".

McCoist has refused to take sides in the stand-off between the Rangers board and supporters.

But he confessed he was unsettled when Somers expressed fears about Rangers' viability without season-ticket money.

"Of course that would worry me, as a supporter and as a manager," he said. "That would be a concern for everybody who has anything to do with the club.

"If the chairman feels that has to be said, it is probably an unpleasant reminder to everybody at the club that we have a long, long way to go."

He said Rangers are no different from any other club, with season-ticket sales being a huge part of the turnover.

He added: "All I would say is that the Rangers supporters have backed this club unbelievably.

"Never mind for the last couple of years, but for the last 140 years, and I believe they will continue to do that and make the right decisions."

McCoist, whose side play Arbroath at Gayfield in SPFL League One this afternoon, is optimistic negotiations will continue behind the scenes.

He said: "I think like in any disagreement or any problem, dialogue is absolutely imperative. Sensible dialogue is imperative. I think we can get that and we are getting it contrary to what a lot of people think."

Meanwhile, McCoist has revealed Ian Black, who was stretchered off against Brechin City last Sunday, might be available for the Ramsdens Cup final.

The central midfielder will not be involved in the SPFL League One game at Gayfield today.

But McCoist said: "Typically of the wee warrior, he's saying he'll be fine. Whether he will be, I'm not sure.

"But he's very much old school in the respect that if there's a chance he can play, he will play."

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