Rangers boss McCoist keeps focus on the playing side

Ally McCoist insists he will continue to ignore the off-field battle for power at Ibrox as he strives to lead Rangers to glory on it.

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Ally McCoist smiled through the off-field row as Rangers trained at Murray Park on Thursday
Ally McCoist smiled through the off-field row as Rangers trained at Murray Park on Thursday

The Light Blues boss adopted a similar stance to the one he took last week as he refused to discuss the increasingly bitter row being fought out by the club's board and former director Dave King.

The South African-based businessman will fly to Scotland next week to lead his bid for boardroom change amid growing concerns about Rangers' finances and says he will not leave until the situation has been resolved.

King has already encouraged supporters to withhold season-ticket cash, a move described as "destabilising and damaging" to the League One leaders by the unpopular ruling regime.

McCoist, though, has refused to pick sides in this latest squabble for control and says he is only concentrating on the club's William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final clash with minnows Albion Rovers on Sunday.

He said: "I haven't made anything of it because we have got a big game on Sunday. All I and the players have been focusing on is that.

"It's not been hard to focus at all, because we have got a fantastic game to look forward to. It's a real opportunity to get to a semi-final that will be played at our stadium. That's what we should be focusing on and that's what we are focusing on.

"I've obviously had discussions with Graham Wallace but I meet with him all the time. But we talked about nothing but football.

"I heard Dave King quoted as saying the manager was actually doing the right thing by talking about the football. So have the chief executive and the board. All parties involved are quite happy with me focusing on the football, as indeed I am, so I think I will continue to do that."

McCoist holds over one million shares in the club but says his responsibilities as manager are more important than his stock interests.

Asked if he had a duty to pay attention to the board's battle with King because he was a shareholder, the club's all-time record goalscorer responded: "I don't 'have' to pay attention to anything. What I have to pay attention to is the team, matches and results. That's what my job as a football manager is about.

"Everything else will take care of itself. I'm not saying it's secondary but everything else will look after itself."

McCoist's men stretched their unbeaten run to 33 games by beating East Fife 1-0 last weekend.

But it was another sloppy show after a run of steadily declining displays for the 54-time Scottish champions.

The manager, however, believes his third-tier champions elect deserve to be cut some slack after closing to within two league wins of the title.

"The last time I looked we had scored more league goals than any team in Britain," he said. "[Criticism] goes with the territory. I can handle it fine.

"It's our job to do the best we can. Results have been fine, we are scoring goals and our shut-out record is up there with anything in Britain this year. The next thing we can move onto is the level of performance. Of course we want to play better, we want to play fantastic football all the time.

"But it's a slow process going back up the leagues and you are going to get games when you don't play to your full potential."

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