Ally McCoist Autographs | Rangers signed football memorabilia
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Alistair Murdoch McCoist,(24 September 1962) is a Scottish former footballer who has since worked as a manager and pundit.
McCoist began his playing career with Scottish club St Johnstone before moving to English side Sunderland in 1981. He returned to Scotland two years later and signed with Rangers. McCoist had a highly successful spell with Rangers; becoming the club’s record goal scorer and winning nine successive league championships between 1988–89 and 1996–97. He later played for Kilmarnock. 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. A prolific striker, currently ranked as the fifth highest goal scorer in the top tier of the Scottish football league system all time; having netted 260 times for Rangers and Kilmarnock between 1983 and 2001.
Towards the end of his playing career, McCoist started his media career. Between 1996 and 2007, he was a team captain in the BBC sports quiz A Question of Sport. McCoist began to scale back his media commitments in 2007; when he became an assistant manager to Walter Smith at Rangers. He succeeded Smith as Rangers manager in 2011, but the club then suffered from serious financial difficulties. The company running Rangers was put into liquidation in 2012; and the team were then placed in the fourth tier of Scottish league football. 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.
At the end of the 1982–83 season he joined Rangers for a fee of £185,000. On his dream move, McCoist recalled: “I met John Greig and Tommy McLean at… at that time it was called the Crest Hotel, at the roundabout in Carlisle. I went to a payphone and phoned my wee grannie in Thornliebank. First person I phoned. I can still hear her – obviously not with us now – but I can still hear her voice down the phone. You could have given her a million pounds and it wouldn’t have meant just as much.”
During his fifteen years with Rangers legend memorabilia, 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. Ally McCoist signed memorabilia also won a Scottish Cup winners’ medal and nine Scottish League winners’ medals. He was the first player to be Europe’s top goal scorer twice in a row (in 1992 and 1993); as well as being named Scotland’s “Player of the Year” in 1992.
McCoist made his competitive début for the Ibrox side on the opening day of the 1983–84 season against St Mirren and scored twenty goals that year. Nonetheless, he got a tough time from the supporters. “When I look back, do I regret it? No, because it actually made me stronger. If I didn’t handle that at all, I wouldn’t have stayed at the club and I would have been away down the road. At that time, Jock Wallace probably would have sold me.” McCoist scored a hat-trick in the 1983 Scottish League victory over Celtic.
Goal Scoring legend
With Rangers still a team very much in the doldrums, McCoist managed 18 goals the following season as he began to endear himself to the club’s fans.
McCoist scored 24 goals in season 1985–86. He made his international debut against the Netherlands in 1986, the same year Graeme Souness autographs arrived at Rangers to begin the Ibrox revolution. “He certainly transformed Rangers Football Club, but he also transformed Scottish football,” said McCoist of Souness’ time at Ibrox. “Two of his first three signings were Terry Butcher, the England captain, and Chris Woods, the England goalkeeper. The whole place just erupted into a new level.”
McCoist scored another hat-trick in the Glasgow Cup final against Celtic to bring further accolades his way, and he was an ever-present in Rangers’ title-winning side of 1987, scoring 34 goals along the way.
His tally of 31 goals in 1987–88 could not prevent Celtic regaining the league title and, although Rangers recaptured their crown in 1988–89, McCoist played only 19 games. That title win, the first of nine-in-a-row, but McCoist found himself in and out of the first team for the first three of those successes.
Player of the Year
When Walter Smith took over from Souness in April 1991, Ally McCoist autographs returned to the fore and won both Players’ Player of the Year and the Sportswriters’ award after scoring 34 times in the league during season 1991–92 as Rangers completed a domestic double; those goals won him the European Golden Boot – the first time a Scot had won the award – ensuring his position with two long-range strikes in the final fixture of the season away to Aberdeen, a match he later admitted he had barely been in a condition to play, having spent the previous night drinking with students in the team hotel.
He repeated that scoring feat a year later with the same goal tally in the Premier Division; despite missing the last seven matches of the season after breaking his leg playing for Scotland against Portugal in April. He also missed the 1993 Scottish Cup Final (having scored the winner in the semi-final to put Rangers memorabilia through) but still scored a career-best 49 goals from 52 appearances overall for the campaign.
In typical fashion, after six months’ absence he returned from the injury by coming off the bench; to score an overhead kick to win the 1993 League final against Hibernian.
Appearances, limited over the next two seasons as a result of other niggling injuries; (37 games and 12 goals, less than his typical output for one campaign); and also had to compete with a string of new signings between 1993 and 1995; including Gordon Durie and Brian Laudrup, for the forward positions. McCoist Autograph did, however, manage to outlast unsuccessful new signings at Ibrox, namely Peter van Vossen and Oleg Salenko.
After recovering his fitness, he played more regularly in the 1995–96 season, scoring 16 league goals including in the Old Firm semi-final victory (as he had done in 1992 and would again in 1998), though he missed another Scottish Cup final at its end. A tenth Premier Division winner’s medal (the completion of nine-in-a-row) and a ninth League Cup win (scoring twice) followed in 1996–97. His last appearance in a Rangers jersey came in the 1998 Scottish Cup Final when he scored in a 2–1 defeat by Heart of Midlothian.
At Rangers, McCoist became the club’s record goal scorer of all time, netting 355 goals in all competitions. In addition to this, he holds the club 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 autographs is also third in the all-time appearance table for Rangers, having made 581 appearances for the club.
Reflecting on his time at Rangers in 2018, Ally McCoist autographs said; “My extended family was those boys that I worked with and played with and coached and managed and worked under. It was the greatest experience of my life and I was very; very privileged to play there, coach there and manage there. It was a dream come true.”