Ally McCoist
Footballer; football manager
Ally McCoist
Alistair Murdoch "Ally" McCoist, is a Scottish football manager and former player. He has been the manager of Rangers since May 2011. McCoist began his playing career with Scottish club St Johnstone before moving to English side Sunderland in 1981. He returned to Scotland two years later and signed with Rangers. At Rangers, McCoist became the club's record goalscorer, netting 355 goals.
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King secures control of Rangers
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan were voted onto the board at crisis-ridden Scottish giants Rangers at a brief extraordinary general meeting at Ibrox on Friday. Only 15 percent of shareholders voted to keep Derek Llambias and finance director Barry Leach, associates of Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, on the board. The remainder voted in favour of King, a Glaswegian based in South Africa, and his consortium taking control. Around 800 fans, as well as former manager Ally McCoist, turned out for a meeting which lasted just 12 minutes as King got the "landslide victory" that he predicted last week.
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Tributes paid to murdered pilot who was found stabbed to death in his Edinburgh ... - Scottish Daily Record
Google News - almost 4 years
Scottish Daily Record Tributes paid to murdered pilot who was found stabbed to death in his Edinburgh ... Scottish Daily Record Neil Doncaster ST MIRREN have revealed they will not back the SPL's plans for the reconstruction of the game in Scotland at a ballot next week. Rangers boss Ally McCoist blasts owner Charles Green in fresh row over 'worst team ever' tag · Celtic's Kris ... Body of former RAF pilot, 27, is found in his flat as a man is charged with murder ...Daily Mail Man in court charged with murder of Murder charge over death of pilot Steven Barrett in EdinburghBBC News WalesOnline -Herald Scotland all 11 news articles »
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Ally McCoist says former Rangers owner Craig Whyte is 'very fortunate' to be sleeping well at night
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Rangers manager Ally McCoist hit out at former owner Craig Whyte’s claims at having a clear conscience over the chaos he left behind at Ibrox.
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Berwick 1 Rangers 1: Ally McCoist reaction
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Manager Ally McCoist branded Rangers' 1-1 draw against Berwick as 'unacceptable' and 'agony' to watch as his side were left still searching for their first away win in the Irn-Bru Third Division.
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Football transfer gossip (July 21): Sunderland, Everton, Blackpool
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Check out latest football transfer gossip around the leagues. Is your favourite player tipped for a move? Sir Alex Ferguson is considering an £8m bid for Everton defender Leighton Baines, after the Manchester United boss confirmed plans to bring in a new left-back this summer. Full story: Metro Manchester United must “pay a little more” to land Lucas Moura, as Sao Paulo confirm they have rejected a £29m offer for the 19-year-old midfielder. Full story: Daily Mail Luka Modric missed Tottenham’s final training session ahead of their tour of the United States amid continued speculation linking the 26-year-old midfielder with Real Madrid. Full story: Guardian Galatasaray have revealed they are in talks with Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, 31. Full story: Metro Former Leeds and Liverpool man Harry Kewell, 33, has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to English clubs after quitting Melbourne Victory. Full story: talkSPORT Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijde ...
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Rangers: Ally McCoist respects decision to start in third division
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Ally McCoist insists he respects the decision of the Scottish Football League to force Rangers to begin life in the bottom tier. Twenty five of the 30 clubs elected to send them to the Third Division.
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Football transfer gossip (July 6): Arsenal, Spurs, Brighton and Hove Albion
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Check out latest football transfer gossip around the leagues. Is your favourite player tipped for a move? Juventus are the new favourites to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, 28, after they moved ahead of both Manchester United and City. Full story: Daily Mirror Theo Walcott is also considering his future with Arsenal, as he enters the final year of his current deal. Full story: the Sun Chelsea are hoping to finalise a £10m move for Wigan striker Victor Moses. Full story: Daily Mirror Arsenal are considering a move for Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, but will refuse to pay the £20m asking price. Full story: talkSPORT And it appears the Gunners are not the only Premier League clubs monitoring Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia, with the player himself saying his agent was currently dealing with offers. Full story: talkSPORT Manchester United have made a bid in the region of £20m for Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho. Full story: Times (subscription ...
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Rangers boss McCoist considered quitting
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Rangers manager Ally McCoist says he considered quitting over suggestions that the ailing Scottish club's new owners wanted to sack him.
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Green Buys Rangers and Asks McCoist to Stay
NYTimes - over 4 years
A consortium led by businessman Charles Green said on Thursday it had taken over stricken Scottish club Rangers and urged Ally McCoist to stay following media reports he was on the verge of walking out as manager.
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Leeds United: Vote for your game of the 1990s
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Vote for your favourite Leeds United game of the 1990s. Five games to choose from - vote on the right hand side of this page. What are your memories watching Leeds United during the 1980s? Please register to post your comments at the bottom of the page. {|Click here to register and have your say on the Leeds United stories and issues that matter to you|Click here to register and have your say on the Leeds United stories and issues that matter to you} Howard Wilkinson saw his job as manager of Leeds United as a 10-year project. In some respects it was, centred around first-team football but also focused on the birth of the club’s youth academy at Thorp Arch. But the success of Wilkinson’s tenure was almost instant, coming good within months of his appointment and rising to the peak of the Division One title in 1992. On the 20th anniversary of that achievement, United’s former managing dir ...
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Ally McCoist: Rangers manager spells out need to win in court against transfer ban
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Ally McCoist insists it is vital for Rangers to fight their 12-month transfer ban as the club launched a legal battle to have the SFA punishment overturned.
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Rangers manager Ally McCoist hopes SPL are fair
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Ally McCoist believes other Scottish Premier League clubs could face a threat to their own livelihoods if Rangers are forced down to the Irn-Bru Third Division.
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The Rumour Mill: Wednesday’s football news and gossip
Scotsman - almost 5 years
In today’s Rumour Mill: Bill Miller on the verge being named preferred bidder for Rangers; Killie boss wants deals in place for next season; Neil Lennon apologises for Hampden outburst; plus the rest of the day’s football news and gossip. Rangers takeover latest • American businessman Bill Miller is set to be named the preferred bidder by Rangers administrators Duff and Phelps. They will ask him to wire the £500,000 fee that will guarantee him exclusivity in the deal, as it now appears that the only hope for the Blue Knights’ bid is a change of heart by owner Craig Whyte over his shares. (Herald) • No decision has been made by administrators over a preferred bidder, but an outcome is expected today. (Sun) • Duff and Phelps reportedly urged Brian Kennedy to adopt Miller’s hybrid ‘incubator’ plan which would see the club reborn, but he made it clear that neither he nor ex-Rangers director Paul Murray would agree to the strategy. (Record) • Brian Kennedy and the Blue Knights consorti ...
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Neil Lennon admits ref rage was wrong but claims he is ‘demonised’
Scotsman - almost 5 years
CELTIC manager Neil Lennon has claimed he is “demonised” by the Scottish media at times. But the Northern Irishman added that he “deeply regretted” his post-match behaviour after his team were knocked out in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and said he would be writing to referee Euan Norris to apologise for his behaviour. However, Lennon, alluding to the furore which followed the infamous touchline bust-up he had with then Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist at the end of an Old Firm game at Celtic Park in March 2011 said he believes his persona is unfairly represented. He pointed to the friction between United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and City manager Roberto Mancini during the Manchester derby on Monday and said that, if he had behaved in that way, it would have attracted widespread condemnation. “I saw the greatest manager in the game [Ferguson] having a spat with Roberto Mancini and people enjoyed it, enjoyed seeing Sir Alex show that passion, that he was up for the fight, ...
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Rangers boss Ally McCoist 'not sorry' for demanding names of SFA judicial panel
STV - almost 5 years
The manager of the Ibrox club said he respected the decision to punish Rangers for rule breaches but he did not agree with it.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ally McCoist
  • 2015
    Age 52
    This continued until September 2015, when McCoist and Rangers agreed to terminate his contract.
    More Details Hide Details Rangers Rangers McCoist is also known for his television work. He was a team captain on the BBC's A Question of Sport from 1996 to 2007, making a record 363 appearances on the show. He also co-presented a late night chat show McCoist and MacAulay for BBC Scotland from 1998 to 1999 alongside comedian Fred MacAulay. In 2000, McCoist also starred in the film A Shot at Glory alongside Robert Duvall, playing Jackie McQuillan, a fictional legendary ex-Celtic player. McCoist was also a regular pundit for ITV Sport's football coverage. McCoist, along with John Motson, are ex-commentators for the FIFA video games series by EA Sports. They were replaced by Clive Tyldesley and Andy Gray for FIFA 2006 but returned with Motson for FIFA Manager 08. In 2001, McCoist won Sports Presenter of the Year at the TRIC Awards.
    In September 2015 McCoist and Rangers mutually agreed to terminate his contract.
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  • 2014
    Age 51
    McCoist submitted formal notice of his intention to resign as manager in December 2014 and began serving a 12-month notice period.
    More Details Hide Details Later in December, McCoist left his position with Rangers and was placed on gardening leave.
    Rangers fell behind Hearts in the 2014–15 Scottish Championship, as they lost 2–1 at home and 2–0 away to the Edinburgh club.
    More Details Hide Details Rangers progressed to the semi-finals of the 2014–15 Scottish League Cup, but suffered an embarrassing defeat in the 2014–15 Scottish Challenge Cup against Alloa Athletic.
  • 2012
    Age 49
    McCoist suffered a fourth cup competition exit of the season on 5 February 2012, in a 2–0 defeat at home to Dundee Utd in the Scottish Cup fifth round.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being within four points of Celtic at the top of the table in February, having been fifteen points clear of their arch rivals at one stage, Rangers' SPL title challenge was virtually ended after the club entered administration on 14 February 2012 and was docked ten points as a consequence. McCoist was able to see out the season with Rangers finishing in second place despite the points deduction. His popularity increased with Rangers fans after passionately committing his future to the club in the middle of financial crisis. Following the rejection of a company voluntary arrangement by HM Revenue & Customs, the business and assets of Rangers were sold to a consortium led by Charles Green. During this process there was heavy press speculation that McCoist would leave the club, but he decided to stay after talks with Green. McCoist then worked alongside Green as the club were placed in the Scottish Third Division.
  • 2011
    Age 48
    McCoist took charge of his first European game on 26 July 2011 at home to Swedish side Malmö FF in the first leg of a UEFA Champions League third round qualifier, losing 1–0 to suffer his first defeat as Rangers manager.
    More Details Hide Details His first win came on 30 July, away to St Johnstone with a 2–0 scoreline, goals coming from Nikica Jelavić and Steven Naismith. McCoist's first Champions League campaign ended at the first hurdle after drawing 1–1 away to Malmo in the Third qualifying round second leg, losing 2–1 on aggregate and having Madjid Bougherra and Steven Whittaker sent off. Despite dropping into the Europa League, McCoist's first European campaign as Rangers manager ended early after another defeat over two legs in the play-off round by NK Maribor. McCoist made a promising start to his first SPL campaign as manager, with Rangers topping the SPL after the first five fixtures and conceding only one goal. His first Old Firm match as manager was a 4–2 win over Celtic at Ibrox, but his side were shocked by First Division Falkirk in the League Cup with 3–2 loss a few days later.
    In April 2011, McCoist had called for Rangers supporters who sung offensive chants to be arrested.
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    On Tuesday 26 July 2011, the BBC issued an apology to McCoist and he, in turn, dropped his ban on speaking to them.
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    McCoist's first competitive game in charge of Rangers came on 23 July 2011, a 1–1 draw at home to Hearts on the opening day of the 2011–12 SPL.
    More Details Hide Details After the game McCoist complained to BBC Scotland about a report that he argued misrepresented his view on violence after Old Firm derbies and the cost of policing the matches. The BBC stood by the report but upheld the complaint about the way the piece had been edited.
    On 22 February 2011 he was announced as the new Rangers manager, with effect from June 2011.
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  • 2008
    Age 45
    After Rangers' victory over Queen of the South in the 2008 Scottish Cup Final, Smith revealed that McCoist had been in charge of the team for the entire cup campaign.
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  • 2007
    Age 44
    McCoist returned to Rangers as an assistant manager to Walter Smith in January 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 43
    In May 2006, he was part of the historic first European Selection, led by Terry Venables, which saw its debut game in Eindhoven in the first EFPA match-up against a Dutch selection of all-time greats.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, he stood alongside English football commentator Martin Tyler as co-commentator for matches such as Germany vs Australia in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa for television cable sports network ESPN. On 10 June 1994, McCoist was awarded an MBE for services to football. He was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and is also a member of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame. McCoist was inducted into the Scotland national football team roll of honour in March 1996, when he was awarded his 50th international cap.
    He turned down the managerial position at Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2006 as he wanted a job nearer his Glasgow home.
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  • 2004
    Age 41
    McCoist joined the Scotland coaching staff under his former manager at Rangers, Walter Smith in 2004.
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  • 2001
    Age 38
    He retired from playing on 20 May 2001 at the age of 38, after playing 50 minutes of a league win at home to Celtic.
    More Details Hide Details McCoist appeared 10 times for the Scotland national under-18 football team. He made his debut in a European Under-18 Championship qualifier against Iceland netting the only goal of the game after 19 minutes. He followed this up by scoring in the return leg, a 3–1 victory which secured Scotland's qualification for the following summer's European Under-18 Championships. He found the net again in his third appearance, a 3–1 victory over Northern Ireland. His next three appearances came in the prestigious Monaco Youth Tournament, a 1–0 defeat to West Germany, a 2–0 victory over Switzerland and a 1–1 draw with France taking his tally to five goals in six appearances. McCoist was then selected for Scotland's semi-professional side for a four team tournament in the Netherlands however he failed to make an appearance. At the European Under-18 Finals Scotland found themselves in a group with Austria, Spain and defending Under-18 Champions England. McCoist started all three games, as Scotland defeated both Austria and England 1–0 with McCoist netting the winner against the Auld Enemy meaning the final group game against the Spanish would decide the group. Again McCoist scored, a superb free-kick in a 1–1 draw. Unfortunately this result saw Scotland eliminated on goal difference.
  • 1998
    Age 35
    McCoist finished his career at Kilmarnock, where he spent three seasons after leaving Rangers 1998.
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    His last appearance in a Rangers jersey came in the 1998 Scottish Cup Final when he scored in a 2–1 defeat by Heart of Midlothian.
    More Details Hide Details At Rangers, McCoist became the club's record goalscorer, netting 355 goals. In addition to this, McCoist holds the Rangers records for number of league goals scored, number of Scottish League Cup goals scored and the most goals scored by a player in European competitions with 251, 54 and 21 respectively. McCoist is also third in the all-time appearance table for Rangers, having made 581 appearances for the club.
  • 1995
    Age 32
    He played more regularly in the 1995–96 season, scoring 16 goals before netting a spectacular long-range drive at UEFA Euro 1996 for Scotland against Switzerland.
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  • 1993
    Age 30
    His appearances were limited over the following two seasons as a result of niggling injuries though, in typical fashion, he came off the bench to score an overhead kick to win the 1993 League Cup final against Hibernian.
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  • 1991
    Age 28
    When Walter Smith took over from Souness, McCoist returned to the fore and won both Players' Player of the Year and the Sportswriters' award after scoring 34 goals in season 1991–92 as Rangers completed a domestic double.
    More Details Hide Details Those goals won him the European Golden Boot – the first time a Scot had won the award – and he repeated that feat a year later. That despite breaking his leg against Portugal playing for Scotland in April and missing the last seven matches of the season.
  • 1988
    Age 25
    McCoist had a highly successful spell with Rangers, becoming the club's record goalscorer and winning nine successive league championships between 1988–89 and 1996–97.
    More Details Hide Details He later played for Kilmarnock. McCoist was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Scotland Football Hall of Fame, having gained 61 international caps. He is currently ranked as the fifth highest goalscorer in the top tier of the Scottish football league system all time, having netted 260 times for Rangers and Kilmarnock between 1983 and 2001. If goals from all divisions are included, he moves up one position to 4th. This is because 22 First Division (second tier) goals from his time with St Johnstone are included, taking his overall Scottish league total to 282. If looking at total goals scored for a Scottish league club, he moves up to 2nd place, with 396 goals from 712 games, behind only Jimmy McGrory, who has 485 goals from 478 games.
  • 1987
    Age 24
    In September 1987 McCoist was convicted of assault and fined £150 at Hamilton Sheriff Court. This followed an attack on a 19-year-old outside an East Kilbride nightclub in the early hours of 5 December 1986.
    More Details Hide Details A verdict of not proven was returned against Ted McMinn and Iain Durrant in relation to the incident. McCoist and Durrant were each fined £1500 by Rangers.
    McCoist was an ever-present in Rangers' title-winning side of 1987, scoring 33 goals along the way and another hat-trick in the Glasgow Cup final against Celtic brought further accolades his way.
    More Details Hide Details His tally of 31 goals that season could not prevent Celtic regaining the league title and, although Rangers recaptured their crown in 1988–89, McCoist played only 19 games. That title win was the first of nine-in-a-row, but McCoist found himself in and out of the first team for the first three of those successes.
  • 1986
    Age 23
    McCoist made his Scotland debut on 29 April 1986, in a 0–0 friendly match against Netherlands.
    More Details Hide Details McCoist started just one game at the 1990 World Cup in Italy after being an integral part of the qualification bid. He captained Scotland once, against Australia on 27 March 1996. McCoist went on to score the winner in a 1–0 win at Hampden Park after 55 minutes. He is Scotland's fifth-highest scorer, with 19 goals.
    He made his international debut against the Netherlands in 1986, the same year Graeme Souness arrived at Rangers to begin the Ibrox revolution.
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  • 1985
    Age 22
    His chirpy nature made him difficult to dislike and he soon earned the nickname "Super Ally" with 24 goals in season 1985–86.
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  • 1983
    Age 20
    McCoist made his competitive début for the Ibrox side on the opening day of the 1983–84 season against St Mirren and scored twenty goals that year.
    More Details Hide Details The highlight was a hat-trick in the 1983 Scottish League Cup Final victory over Celtic. With Rangers still a team very much in the doldrums, McCoist managed 18 goals the following season as he began to endear himself to the club's fans.
  • 1982
    Age 19
    At the end of the 1982–83 season he returned to Scotland and joined Rangers for a fee of £185,000.
    More Details Hide Details During his fifteen years with Rangers, McCoist achieved an array of honours, including ten league championship medals. This began with a title in the 1986–87 season and included the whole "Nine in a Row" period between 1989 and 1997. McCoist also won a Scottish Cup winners' medal and nine Scottish League Cup winners' medals. He was the first player to be Europe's top goalscorer twice in a row (in 1992 and 1993), as well as being named Scotland's "Player of the Year" in 1992. McCoist is Rangers' all-time leading goalscorer (with 251 league goals; 355 in all competitions).
    Despite this he finished third top scorer for Sunderland in 1982–83, one goal behind Nick Pickering.
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    October 1982 proved to be the highlight of McCoist's spell with Sunderland as he scored five goals in as many games against Norwich City, Southampton, Manchester City, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
    More Details Hide Details With seven goals scored by the end of October big things were expected but McCoist failed to score another goal in Sunderland shirt.
  • 1981
    Age 18
    He only managed two goals during the 1981–82 season, his first coming against Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest side and his second a spectacular curling effort from the edge of the box against Southampton. Three goals in three pre-season games against Dundee, Dunfermline Athletic and former team St Johnstone followed by a goal against European Champions Aston Villa on the opening day of the 1982–83 in a 3–1 win looked to point towards big things to come.
    More Details Hide Details He followed this up with a goal against Brighton & Hove Albion meaning he had matched his previous seasons tally midway through September.
    Sunderland manager Alan Durban signed McCoist in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details The £400,000 transfer fee spent on McCoist made him Sunderland's most expensive ever signing. His time at Sunderland was unsuccessful: McCoist scored only nine goals in 65 appearances for a side struggling at the foot of the English First Division.
    With several English clubs interested in his signature due to his prolific form with both St Johnstone and the Scotland under-18 side including Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur, he started the 1981–82 season in terrific form netting four goals in five League Cup games including the opening goal in a 2–0 win over Celtic at Muirton Park and the consolation in a 4–1 defeat in the corresponding fixture at Parkhead.
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  • 1980
    Age 17
    McCoist didn't score his first goal for the club until netting the third against Dumbarton in a 3–0 win in August 1980.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to score 23 goals in 43 appearances that season, including a consolation against Rangers in a 3–1 defeat in Scottish Cup replay.
  • 1979
    Age 16
    He made his debut for St Johnstone on 7 April 1979 in a 3–0 win over Raith Rovers.
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  • 1978
    Age 15
    McCoist's first professional club was St Johnstone, having signed from Fir Park Boys Club in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details McCoist had trained with St Mirren as a 16-year-old but was rejected by manager Alex Ferguson for being "too small".
  • 1962
    Born on September 24, 1962.
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