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Ally McCoist
Ally McCoist 1994.jpg
McCoist in 1994
Personal information
Full name Alistair Murdoch McCoist
Date of birth 24 September 1962 (1962-09-24) (age 47)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Rangers (assistant manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1981 St. Johnstone 57 (22)
1981–1983 Sunderland 56 (8)
1983–1998 Rangers 418 (251)
1998–2001 Kilmarnock 59 (12)
Total 590 (293)
National team
1980-1981 Scotland U-18 10 (7)
1983 Scotland U-21 1 (0)
1986–1998 Scotland 61 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alistair Murdoch "Ally" McCoist, MBE (born 24 September 1962 in Bellshill, 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 Fame, having gained 61 international caps.

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Club career

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St Johnstone

McCoist's first professional club was St. Johnstone, having signed 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".[1] After failing to score during his first two seasons in Perth, McCoist netted 23 goals in 43 appearances during the 1980-81 season.[2] He also appeared 10 times for the Scotland national under-18 football team, netting competitive strikes against France and Spain in 1–1 draws and the only goal of the game to send reigning U-18 champions England out of the competition at the first hurdle. This led to Sunderland making a GB£400,000 bid for the 19-year-old striker which the club accepted and so McCoist moved south of the border.

Sunderland

McCoist's time at Sunderland, however, was unsuccessful: he managed 8 goals in 56 appearances, including a hat-trick of penalties against West Bromwich Albion in Nov 1981.

He returned to Scotland and Rangers in 1983 for £185,000.

Rangers

In 1983 the then Rangers manager John Greig signed him for £185,000.[3] 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 Ibrox in 1998. He retired from playing on 20 May 2001 at the age of 38, after playing 50 minutes of a league win at home to Celtic.[4]

International career

McCoist made his Scotland debut aged 23, on 29 April 1986, in a 0-0 friendly match against Netherlands.[5]

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 Park after 55 minutes.[6]

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 September 1987 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Hungary 1-0 2-0 Friendly match
2 9 September 1987 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Hungary 2-0 2-0 Friendly match
3 14 October 1987 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Belgium 1-0 2-0 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying
4 26 April 1989 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Cyprus 2-1 2-1 FIFA World Cup 1990 qualifying
5 15 November 1989 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Norway 1-0 1-1 FIFA World Cup 1990 qualifying
6 16 May 1990 Pittodrie, Aberdeen  Egypt 1-2 1-3 Friendly match
7 12 September 1990 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Romania 2-1 2-1 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
8 14 November 1990 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia  Bulgaria 1-0 1-1 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
9 11 September 1991 Wankdorf Stadion, Berne  Switzerland 2-2 2-2 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
10 13 November 1991 Hampden Park, Glasgow  San Marino 4-0 4-0 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
11 19 February 1992 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Northern Ireland 1-0 1-0 Friendly match
12 20 May 1992 Varsity Stadium, Toronto  Canada 2-1 3-1 Friendly match
13 9 September 1992 Wankdorf Stadion, Berne  Switzerland 1-1 1-3 FIFA World Cup 1994 qualifying
14 17 February 1993 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow  Malta 1-0 3-0 FIFA World Cup 1994 qualifying
15 17 February 1993 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow  Malta 2-0 3-0 FIFA World Cup 1994 qualifying
16 16 August 1995 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Greece 1-0 1-0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
17 15 November 1995 Hampden Park, Glasgow  San Marino 3-0 5-0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
18 27 March 1996 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Australia 1-0 1-0 Friendly match
19 18 June 1996 Villa Park, Birmingham  Switzerland 1-0 1-0 UEFA Euro 1996

Coaching career

McCoist joined the Scotland coaching staff under his former manager at Rangers, Walter Smith in 2004. He turned down the managerial position at Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2006 as he wanted a job nearer his Glasgow home.[7]

McCoist returned to Rangers as an assistant manager to Walter Smith in January 2007.[8] 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.[9]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
1978–79 St. Johnstone First Division 4 0 4 0
1979–80 15 0 15 0
1980–81 38 22 38 22
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1981–82 Sunderland First Division 28 2 3 0 1 0 32 2
1982–83 28 6 1 0 4 1 33 7
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
1983–84 Rangers Premier Division 30 8 4 3 10 9 3 0 47 20
1984–85 25 12 3 0 6 5 4 1 38 18
1985–86 33 24 1 1 4 1 2 0 40 27
1986–87 44 34 1 0 5 2 6 2 56 38
1987–88 40 31 2 1 5 6 6 4 53 42
1988–89 19 9 8 5 4 4 2 0 33 18
1989–90 34 14 2 0 4 4 40 18
1990–91 26 11 2 1 4 3 4 3 36 18
1991–92 38 34 5 4 4 1 2 0 49 39
1992–93 34 34 4 5 5 8 9 2 52 49
1993–94 21 7 6 3 1 1 28 11
1994–95 9 1 9 1
1995–96 25 16 2 1 4 3 6 0 37 20
1996–97 25 10 3 1 3 3 6 6 37 20
1997–98 15 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 26 16
1998–99 Kilmarnock Premier League 29 8 1 0 2 1 32 9
1999–00 12 3 1 2 2 0 15 5
2000–01 18 1 2 0 2 2 22 3
Total Scotland 534 285 50 29 67 59 56 21 707 394
England 56 8 4 0 5 1 65 9
Career Total 590 293 54 29 72 60 56 21 772 403

Honours

Team

Former Northern Ireland striker Derek Spence next to the European Golden Boot, which was won by Ally McCoist in 1991-92 and 1992-93.
Rangers
1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
1992
1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996

Personal

1991-92, 1992-93

Career outside football

McCoist is also known for his television work. He was a team captain on the BBC's A Question of Sport from 1996 to 2007. On his farewell episode he failed to recognise "Mystery Guest" Walter Smith who he is now working with at Rangers. He was also a regular pundit for ITV's football coverage. McCoist, along with John Motson, are ex-commentators for the FIFA video games series by EA Sports. They were replaced by Clive Tyldesley and Andy Gray for 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 Glory alongside Robert Duvall, playing Jackie McQuillan, a fictional legendary ex-Celtic player. He also co-presented a late night chat show McCoist and MacAulay for BBC Scotland alongside comedian Fred MacAulay.

Personal life

McCoist is the father to five boys.[10]

McCoist's was awarded an MBE in 1994 for his services to Scottish football.[11]

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 Fame, having gained 61 international caps.

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