Ally McCoist sends Rangers warning over James Tavernier and Connor Goldson exits (2024)

ALLY McCOIST reckons only James Tavernier and Connor Goldson will know right now if they've reached the end of the road at Rangers.

But the Ibrox hero has warned his former club about letting too much experience walk out the building too soon.




There's been increasing uncertainty over the future of the veteran duo - with Tavernier in particular strongly linked with a move to join former gaffer Steven Gerrard in Saudi Arabia.

There's a growing feeling the Gers could move on this summer from the man who has been captain for six years and is now the top scoring defender ever in British football.

Talks are also in the works over a testimonial but McCoist has urged Philippe Clement to sit down as a matter of urgency with the veteran duo to find out if their hearts are still in it.

Gers' first-team stars report back for pre-season training on Monday.

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McCoist told SunSport: "He [Clement] needs to get a look at them in training and have a chat with them, see where they are physically, and mentally as well. See what they want to do.

"It's important you find out how they are as much as anything. But they'll be very hard to replace, they've got a lot of experience."

Rangers' all-time record goalscorer, currently out working at Euro 2024, is delighted Clement and new recruitment chief Nils Koppen are getting the chance to oversee an epic rebuild at Ibrox.

The script has been ripped up this summer with the Gers bringing in younger players Oscar Cortes, Jefte, Clinton Nsiala and Connor Barron, many of them from untapped markets, with a view to bringing in big money down the line.

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Moroccan striker Hamza Igamane should be next, with Bayern Munich Yusuf Kadabayi also waiting in the wings.

It's all aligned with the club's player-trading model - and closer to the way Celtic have successfully operated for years.

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McCoist said: "The squad looked tired and in need of freshening up. They got a reaction when the manager came in at the start, they got a brilliant reaction.

"But at a time when they should have kicked on, and the league was right there for them, they just looked tired and jaded.

"I'll be brutally honest, I don't know too much about some of the players. But I'm glad Clement got the opportunity to freshen the squad up.

"Celtic's signing policy has been good. They've brought in younger players, taken a gamble on them and in some cases they've moved them on for good amounts of money.

"And that's where Rangers and Celtic are at this moment in time. Whether we like it or not, Rangers and Celtic are feeder clubs to the bigger leagues now.

"So your recruitment has to be, if not spot on, as good as it can be. And there's no doubt Rangers are trying to capitalise on that."

With Igamane arriving, Sam Lammers returning after his Utrecht loan, a fit again Danilo and Cyriel Dessers in his second year, the Gers will have four strikers on the books as the season begins.

But McCoist, who reckons there's nothing between Celtic and Rangers "which couldn't change this season", has urged his old club to push the boat out for Lawrence Shankland, who will be 29 in August.



He said: "Cyriel Dessers is much maligned but you can't argue with his goal return.

"Centre forwards need competition so I'm looking forward to him getting put under pressure with Danilo coming back in.

"I watched some of Sam Lammers' goals for Utrecht and they were crackers, but I would be surprised if he came back now.

"And I think not signing Shankland might have cost the league to tell the truth. So I would take Shankland.

"Here's a boy in Scotland who knows how to score against the big teams, against Celtic and Rangers. Shankland knows how to do that."

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Ally McCoist sends Rangers warning over James Tavernier and Connor Goldson exits (2024)


What year did Ally McCoist leave Rangers? ›

McCoist helped them win successive promotions to the second tier, but after a poor start to the 2014–15 season McCoist handed in his 12-months' notice in December 2014 and was placed on gardening leave. In September 2015, McCoist and Rangers mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

How many goals did Ally McCoist score for Glasgow Rangers? ›

A brilliant penalty box striker Ally McCoist was twice winner of the European Golden Boot and is Rangers' all time top goal scorer with 355 goals from 581 games.

Who signed Connor Goldson for the Rangers? ›

On 13 June 2018, Goldson signed for Scottish Premiership club Rangers on a four-year deal, becoming Steven Gerrard's sixth summer signing.

When did Rangers get 55? ›

In 2020–21, Rangers won the Scottish Premiership, their first Scottish championship in ten years, a then world record fifty-fifth league win.

What year did Rangers get demoted? ›

Rangers officially entered administration on 14 February 2012, after appointing London-based financial advisers Duff & Phelps as administrators. On entering administration Rangers were deducted 10 points in the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League, effectively ending their championship challenge.

Who is Rangers top scorer ever? ›

Rangers' all-time leading scorer is Ally McCoist, who scored 355 goals in a fifteen-year spell at the club from 1983 to 1998.

Did Ally McCoist win the Golden Boot? ›

His exploits in the box saw him crowned Scottish PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1992 and he became the first player to win the European Golden Boot back to back, in 1992 and 1993.

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Is Connor Goldson staying at Rangers? ›

After also helping the club win the 2022 Scottish Cup and reach the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt, Goldson signed a new four-year deal to stay at Ibrox.

Who started Rangers football club? ›

Rangers were formed by four founders – brothers Moses McNeil and Peter McNeil, Peter Campbell and William McBeath – who met at West End Park (now known as Kelvingrove Park) in March 1872. Rangers' first match, in May that year, was a goalless friendly draw with Callander on Glasgow Green.

When did Lee McCulloch leave Rangers? ›

In July 2015, McCulloch left Rangers at the end of his contract. McCulloch said after leaving Rangers that the 2014–15 season had been his worst in football, with the team failing to gain promotion and off-field issues affecting performances.

When did Allan McGregor leave Rangers? ›

Allan McGregor insists he was happy to keep 'himself to himself' when asked why he never announced his retirement from football after leaving Rangers. The veteran goalkeeper departed Ibrox at the end of the 2022/23 season.

What year did Walter Smith leave Rangers? ›

He won thirteen major trophies in seven years, including seven league titles in succession. After leaving Rangers at the end of the 1997–98 season, he was appointed manager of English Premier League club Everton. He was in charge at Goodison Park for four seasons before he was sacked in 2002.

Who went from Rangers to Ajax? ›

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