McCoist pleased with Green
Rangers manager glad to have outspoken figurehead
Last Updated: August 20, 2012 5:10pm
Ally McCoist: Says Charles Green's outspoken approach has been a positive for the club
Rangers manager Ally McCoist is glad to have someone in Charles Green who is willing to stand up for the club's best interests.
Chief executive Green faces a Scottish Football Association charge of bringing the game into disrepute for claiming bigotry was one of the reasons for newco Rangers being denied entry to the Scottish Premier League.
He also claimed last week that there was "an agenda" against the Glasgow giants.
But McCoist has welcomed the return of leadership at Ibrox following a turbulent period which saw the club forced to call in the administrators, before being consigned to liquidation.
He said: "It's been sadly missing. For about four or five months there was nobody at all.
"There wasn't a director, a chairman, a chief executive - there was nothing really.
"It's long overdue that we have someone to represent the club and fight for the club and we've certainly got that at the moment.
"Knowing Charles the short time that I have, he is obviously a man who speaks his mind.
"He's not afraid to stand up for what he believes is right and I think the Rangers fans deserve that and they have been crying out for that.
"I've not been surprised to see it, I've just been very pleased to see it."
McCoist is also pleased to see supporters warming to the new regime, with around 32,000 season-tickets sold so far.
McCoist added: "He's endearing himself to the Rangers support in a number of ways and long may that continue.
"The fans deserve somebody who is going to fight their cause and, in the early stages of Charles' career at Rangers, they've got somebody there who will do that."
For McCoist, Green's presence means he can focus on his own job as manager again, having shouldered the burden as the club's unofficial spokesman for several months.
He said: "The last week has just been a different week entirely just in terms of looking forward to games, getting players, and just doing what managers and coaches do.
"That's all we wanted, the opportunity to get back playing again. There is a more relaxed atmosphere around the place with all the staff, which is great."
Asked if Rangers have now turned a corner, McCoist added: "It's going to be a really long road but you have to start somewhere and I just feel that we've started the recovery to hopefully getting us back to where we feel we belong.
"Last week, in terms of season tickets and sales for the East Stirling game, was remarkable.
"Without getting carried away, overall it's been a good week and we've certainly got a starting point now where we can take the club forward."