Scotland boss Gordan Strachan offers warning to unstable Rangers

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan believes Ally McCoist will find it difficult at Rangers after announcing his decision to step aside as manager.

Ally McCoist is to step down as Rangers manager, but not for another 12 months.

It has been revealed that he will work a notice period at Ibrox and is in line for a bumper pay rise as part of a prior agreement.

Quite how things will play out from this point remains to be seen, with the Glasgow giants already struggling for stability on and off the field.

It has been a rough few years for the Scottish outfit, with their financial difficulties well documented.

Club legend McCoist has helped to steer them through some testing times but Strachan, who endured a similar situation during his days at Southampton, fears things could get worse before they get better.

He told The Scotsman: “I was in a position at Southampton where I said to the chairman [Rupert Lowe] that I was leaving in the summer, This was in the September. Only he knew, and somebody else knew, but it leaked in about November when Southampton were fourth in the Premiership. I had to leave in February because there was a grey area there and it was such a well-run club. It had become a grey area with the players – who would be the next manager and things like that. Rupert decided enough was enough

“But I’m sure most folk would agree that the club [Rangers] is not really sure how it is being run at the moment. I’m not sure it will make any difference [Ally working his notice] but it made a difference to Southampton.”

“To me it didn’t make any difference, but it seemed that it did to everybody round about me when they knew the manager was moving on.

“It became different with the players. I couldn’t put my finger on it. They were still great with me and they kept working as hard as they could but there was a bit of a difference there. Whether that will be the same for Ally, I don’t know. The club is in turmoil anyway. In my situation at Southampton, somebody set the situation off on a spin by leaking that I was going. But at Rangers it is already in full spin at the moment, so I don’t know how it will go from here.”

If McCoist loses the trust and support of his playing staff, then his position will become untenable.

Rangers cannot afford to pay him off so they are being backed into a corner somewhat.

It would be preferable for all parties to go their separate ways now that a parting of company has been agreed, but it appears as though uncertainty will continue to hang over Ibrox as the club pushes hard for a return to the Scottish Premiership.

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