ALLY McCOIST has welcomed as a positive step the naming of Bill Miller as preferred bidder for Rangers.

The club’s manager admits there is still some way to go before the Light Blues’ problems are behind them but he sees the move as a huge step in the right direction.

And he is now eager to meet face to face with the man in the driving seat to complete the purchase of Rangers.

McCoist said: “It’s definitely good news because one of the processes that would have to occur is the awarding of preferred bidder status.

“So the fact that the administrators have appointed a preferred bidder in the shape of Bill Miller must be a positive move.

“Of course everybody, and I can understand this, is a little guarded and wary of the situation. Not the individual, just the situation after what the club has been through.

“I can understand people’s concerns, but at the same time it is definitely a step in the right direction and we must give people a chance.

“I’ve spoken to Bill in the last couple of days and we both agree that it’s very important for us to get together.

“I would imagine that certainly in the near future Bill and I will be meeting.

“Of course there is an element of the unknown still, but I would have to say that I have been nothing but impressed by the conversations that I have had with Bill.

“He certainly doesn’t claim to know everything about Rangers or Scottish Football, but he’s a successful businessman and has quizzed me on lots of things.

“We are both in agreement that we look forward to the day, very soon, that we can sit down together and as he says have a bottle of beer and look each other in the eye.”

McCoist admits that the move in recent days has come as something of a relief to him, but that he knows there is still a lot of work to be done.

He added: “It’s a little bit of a relief because it is a positive step. It’s not the most positive step, because that would obviously be someone coming in and buying the club.

“But for that to happen, preferred bidder status has to go to someone, so now that’s happened we can be more positive.”

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