Ally McCoist

Player of the Day: Ally McCoist

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by Oscar Chamberlain

'Ally, Ally' in the spotlight.

Ally McCoist made 65 appearances for Sunderland in his two seasons on Wearside between 1981 and 1983.

The Scotland international began his career with St. Johnstone where he impressed when moved to a forward position from midfield.

McCoist’s 23 goals in the 1980-81 campaign prompted Alan Durban to splash out a £400,000 record fee to bring him to Roker Park.

The then 19-year-old didn’t settle as quickly as he would’ve liked at Roker with his 19 league starts producing two goals.

However, one of those goals was one Sunderland fans of the era will remember well as the Scot curled in past Southampton and England keeper Peter Shilton.

A further 23 starts followed for McCoist the following campaign with the Scot scoring seven times, including a goal in four consecutive league games in October.

Chants of ‘Ally, Ally’ regularly rang round Roker Park, though it was not until his £180,000 move to Rangers that he would develop into a prolific striker.

In McCoist’s 15 years at Ibrox he notched a remarkable 355 goals in all competitions, racking up 575 appearances.

Those stats make him the leading scorer in the club’s history whilst he lies third in the all-time appearances list for Gers.

Ally spent the final three months of his career with Kilmarnock before retiring in 2001.

And, after several years working in the media, he would return to his old club Rangers to take over as manager in June 2011.

McCoist has taken charge of just over 100 games at Rangers and has won more than two-thirds as he looks to steer the club back to the top flight.