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‘There’s optimism at Rangers for first time since 2011’, says Ally McCoist

first_img 2 Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Rangers striker and manager said: “I certainly felt the big decisions didn’t go with Rangers yesterday. The sending-off of Morelos was very, very harsh“But in terms of the start to the season, it was excellent. There were plenty of talking points, Rangers had fantastic support up there and for 80 minutes Rangers were definitely the far better side.“So, as disappointed he would be to concede the late goal, I think Stevie will be quite pleased with the way they played.“There are comparisons from when Graeme Souness came in in 86, in terms of the stature of the player, where he came from and how good he was as a leader on the park. Souness led Rangers to three Scottish league titles and four League Cup victories in five years as player-manager “Neither had any experience when they took their first managerial job at Rangers, but certainly Graeme had more financial backing than Stevie Gerrard has had.“But I’ve got to say he’s handled himself very well so far and, without getting carried away, I think there’s a real feeling of optimism among the Rangers support.“And that’s a feeling that probably hasn’t been there for a good number of years, probably since Walter left and the club went into its troubles.”Listen back to Ally McCoist on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!center_img Rangers legend Ally McCoist has praised Steven Gerrard for instilling the club with a fresh sense of optimism for the first time since their last Scottish title win seven years ago.The new manager got his tenure with the Glasgow club officially underway in his first league game on Sunday, learning some harsh lessons in a 1-1 draw away at Aberdeen.In a game which saw Colombian forward Alfredo Morelos harshly sent off after only 12 minutes, the ten-man Gers took the lead through James Tavernier’s first-half penalty, only for hosts Aberdeen to score a stoppage-time equaliser with their first shot on target to ensure a share of the spoils.But, after a busy summer transfer window and an unbeaten start to their Europa League qualifying campaign – where they are through to the third round – McCoist says the Ibrox faithful are feeling optimistic for the first time since the end of Walter Smith’s second tenure as manager and the start of the club’s financial troubles. 2last_img read more

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