IT was hardly a surprise that Ally McCoist produced a man of the match performance in today’s legends match at Ibrox.
The club’s greatest ever striker was so often the hero throughout his remarkable playing career with the Light Blues, and this afternoon he turned back the clock as he helped inspire his team to a memorable victory over his former manager and great friend Walter Smith’s XI.
McCoist only played in the second half having been in the dugout as manager of his squad in the first, but in the space of 45 minutes he scored an excellent hat-trick and also hit the post before being named the man of the match.
It was typical McCoist and he enjoyed his run-out just as much as the fans in the four Ibrox stands.
Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “The biggest thrill for me was beating Walter effectively, because there was a lot of pre-match talk about teams and formations and all that.
“I said to the boys that I would be very surprised if he went with more than half a one up front and I was proved right.
“But it was great. Actually the craic in the dugout for the first 45 minutes I’ve got to say was priceless, absolutely priceless.
“It was magical seeing all the boys again – Pedro, Jorg and Peter Lovenkrands, guys that have been great friends over the years.
It was a wonderful day and the result was secondary, but it was nice.
“They were super organised, free-kicks, corners and formations – they had the whole thing organised.
“Ten minutes prior to the game Archie and I didn’t know our starting eleven, the usual! We didn’t know who was taking corners and free-kicks.
“As you would expect Walter and Kenny [McDowall] were supremely organised but we had some boys such as Ronald Waterreus in goals who was fabulous and Pedro [Mendes] looks as though he should still be playing – and Thommo [Kevin Thomson] should still be playing!
“Thomas Buffel was different class, clearly Pedro, and Derek Ferguson did well, so it was great and it always helps in those kind of games if you have got boys that are still fit and capable of covering the ground.
“You forget just the size of the park. Ibrox is a massive park and we had legs in the middle.
“The crowd were absolutely fantastic, as always. They have been remarkable and still are remarkable and it was great that so many turned out for a couple of great causes – the Rangers Charity Foundation and the Rangers Youth Development Company.”