McCoist welcomes SFL enquiry

19 February 2012 07:17

Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists he wholly supports and encourages the Scottish Football Association's announcement that they are to conduct a full independent inquiry into the activities of the club.

The football governing body have expressed concerns about the "developing situation" at the Scottish champions, who were forced to call in the administrators on Tuesday over an unpaid tax bill of £9million accrued since Craig Whyte's takeover in May.

Speaking to the media following Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, McCoist said "Personally, as manager of the club, I would encourage it because the amount of clarity that comes out of the whole issue is vital to everybody - supporters, you guys, employees, everybody."

A turbulent week - which included being automatically docked 10 points by the SPL - was to end in further disappointment when a Dean Shiels goal sealed victory for Kilmarnock.

McCoist said: "It hurts an awful lot because we all really, really wanted to get three points for the supporters. It goes without saying that we try to do our best and try to win games at the best of times but today it's really painful that we didn't manage to do it for the fans."

Asked if his players were affected by the events of the last few days, he added: "I don't know, we will all have different opinions on it. I'm not sure. I certainly wouldn't blame them if maybe it did get to them a little bit. We can all say they are professional but if somebody threatens your job, people will react in different ways.

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels went to the away section to celebrate with his fans at the full-time whistle, but admitted afterwards he felt guilty about his actions because of the turmoil engulfing opposite number McCoist.

He said: "I went over to enjoy the moment with the supporters because I wanted to celebrate with them, just for 30 seconds. I was so happy for them, for the players, for the club, for myself.

"Then, when I walked back across, Ally was waiting to shake my hand and, when I gave him eye-contact, I felt guilty because I'd gone from my euphoria of being so happy to meet someone who must be hurting a lot because of what he's had to go through with the Rangers situation.

"I feel really guilty about celebrating but I'm not going to apologise for that because you get a lot of moments when you get disappointment in this sport and I wanted to really enjoy the moment today."

Source: PA

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