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Alistair Murdoch "Ally" McCoist, MBE (born 24 September 1962 in Bellshillmarker, North Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former professional football player who played as a striker. He is currently assistant manager at Scottish Premier League club Rangers, where he spent fifteen of his twenty-two years as a player.

McCoist began his career with St Johnstone before moving to 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. 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.

Largely thanks to his career at Rangers, McCoist was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Scotland Football Hall of Famemarker, having gained 61 international caps.

Club career

St Johnstone

McCoist's first professional club was St. Johnstone, having sided from Fir Park Boys Club in 1978. McCoist had trained with St Mirren as a sixteen year-old but was rejected by the then manager Alex Ferguson for being "too small". After failing to score during his first two seasons in Perthmarker, McCoist netted 22 goals in 38 appearances during the 1980-81 season. This led to Sunderland making a £400,000 bid for the 19-year-old striker which the club accepted and so McCoist moved south of the bordermarker.

Sunderland

McCoist's time at Sunderland, however, was unsuccessful: he managed 8 goals in 56 appearances.

Rangers

In 1983 the then Rangers manager John Greig signed him for £185,000. 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) and Scotland's fifth-highest scorer, with 19 goals.

Kilmarnock

McCoist finished his career at Kilmarnock, where he spent three seasons after leaving Ibroxmarker in 1998. He retired from playing at the age of 38, on 20 May 2001, after playing 50 minutes of a league win at home to Celtic.

International career

McCoist made his Scotland debut aged 23, on 26 April 1986, in a 0-0 friendly match against Netherlands.

He has captained Scotland once, against Australia on 27 March 1996. McCoist went on to score the winner in a 1-0 win at Hampden Parkmarker after 55 minutes.

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 September 1987 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 1-0 2-0 Friendly match
2 9 September 1987 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 2-0 2-0 Friendly match
3 14 October 1987 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 1-0 2-0 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying
4 26 April 1989 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 2-1 2-1 FIFA World Cup 1990 qualifying
5 15 November 1989 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 1-0 1-1 FIFA World Cup 1990 qualifying
6 16 May 1990 Pittodriemarker, Aberdeenmarker 1-2 1-3 Friendly match
7 12 September 1990 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 2-1 2-1 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
8 14 November 1990 Vasil Levski National Stadiummarker, Sofiamarker 1-0 1-1 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
9 11 September 1991 Wankdorf Stadionmarker, Bernemarker 2-2 2-2 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
10 13 November 1991 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 4-0 4-0 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
11 19 February 1992 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 1-0 1-0 Friendly match
12 20 May 1992 Varsity Stadiummarker, Torontomarker 2-1 3-1 Friendly match
13 9 September 1992 Wankdorf Stadionmarker, Bernemarker 1-1 1-3 FIFA World Cup 1994 qualifying
14 17 February 1993 Ibrox Stadiummarker, Glasgowmarker 1-0 3-0 FIFA World Cup 1994 qualifying
15 17 February 1993 Ibrox Stadiummarker, Glasgowmarker 2-0 3-0 FIFA World Cup 1994 qualifying
16 16 August 1995 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 1-0 1-0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
17 15 November 1995 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 3-0 5-0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
18 27 March 1996 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 1-0 1-0 Friendly match
19 18 June 1996 Villa Parkmarker, Birminghammarker 1-0 1-0 UEFA Euro 1996


Coaching career

Scotland

McCoist joined the Scotland coaching staff under his former manager at Rangers, Walter Smith in 2004. He turned down the managerial position at in 2006 as he wanted a job nearer his Glasgowmarker home.

Rangers

McCoist returned to Rangers as an assistant manager to Walter Smith in January 2007. 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.

Career statistics



Honours

Rangers

Career outside of football

McCoist is also known for his television work. He was a team captain on the BBC's A Question of Sportfrom 1996 to 2007. On his farewell episode he failed to recognise "Mystery Guest" Walter Smithwho he is now working with at Rangers. He was also a regular punditfor ITV's football coverage. McCoist, along with John Motson, are ex-commentators for the FIFA video games seriesby EA Sports. They were replaced by Clive Tyldesleyand Andy Grayfor FIFA 2006.

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.

He starred in the film A Shot at Gloryalongside Robert Duvall, playing Jackie McQuillan, a fictional legendary ex-Celtic player. He also co-presented a late night chat show McCoist and MacAulayfor BBC Scotlandalongside comedian Fred MacAulay.

Personal life

McCoist's was awarded an MBEin 1994 for his services to Scottish football. McCoist is the father to five boys.

References

  1. "Life and times of Ally McCoist" BBC Sport website (21 May 2001)
  2. "McCoist takes final bow" BBC Sport website (20 May 2001)
  3. "Mahood sends Killie into Europe" BBC Sport website (20 May 2001)
  4. "Netherlands 0-0 Scotland" The SFA website
  5. "Scotland 1-0 Australia" The SFA website
  6. Guardian, 5 January 2007
  7. "Smith in McCoist revelation" Sky Sports (25 May 2008)
  8. "Ally McCoist Factfile" Telegraph (11 January 2007)
  9. McCoist fifth son


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