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Ally McCoist announcement helps Rangers - Maurice Edu


Rangers must bounce back - Edu

Midfielder Maurice Edu thinks confirmation that Ally McCoist will be the next Rangers manager will help the side recover from their loss to Celtic.

McCoist was announced as Walter Smith's successor for next season three days after that damaging 3-0 defeat.

And Edu said: "There's not that worry about who's the next gaffer coming in now that it has been set in stone.

"And that's behind us now, so let's get back to business now and focus on the next game we have in hand."

It is unclear whether Rangers' timing was designed to deflect from Sunday's result among supporters and the media - or was an attempt to galvanise a squad that has now slipped eight points adrift of their rivals.

But chief executive Martin Bain pointed out that McCoist had been offered the job in December - and Edu stressed that it was not a surprise to the players.

"Obviously we are focussed on the season right now, but it is definitely something we knew was coming," he said. "It was just a matter of it being confirmed.

This is probably the right time for it happen so it can give Alastair a focus on what he wants to do and the structure for next season

Former Rangers striker Mark Hateley

"First and foremost, we want to finish off this season strongly and win some things for the club.

"But it is definitely a positive note for next season and for the future to come."

Asked whether he would now have to engage with present assistant McCoist in a more formal manner, Edu joked: "It might be important. He is the new gaffer coming in.

"No, he is a good guy and has been a big part of the club, whether it has been a player here or a coach here, so I am just looking forward to it."

Former Rangers striker Mark Hateley, who partnered McCoist in his spell at Ibrox, believes that the prospective new manager has all the ingredients to be a success.

"He has been involved with the football club as a player and a coach - and has a terrific background into the club - and I think that's a heads-up and head-start on any other candidate that would be coming into the club," he said.

"Stability, continuity, I think that always breeds a level of success.

"We hope Alastair will achieve the sort of success that Walter's achieved in the past.

"If he is half as successful as Walter, he will be as delighted and I think the supporters will follow in that same vein of thought."

Maurice Edu with the present management team
McCoist will be Edu's new manager when Smith stands down

McCoist will take charge at a time when Rangers continue to be under pressure financially.

"It is always difficult coming in as your first job, but Alastair has served his apprenticeship very well," said Hateley.

"He obviously gave up a lot in the press and media world financially, but he knows where his heart lies and it lies at this club.

"He's had good tutoring under Walter, firstly on a part-time basis on the international front and over the last three and a half years at club level, so he knows what is expected of him."

Hateley believes that McCoist will have already started preparing to take charge next season by distancing himself from the players.

The former England striker also dismissed suggestions that the announcement was hastened by the defeat at Celtic Park.

"This is probably the right time for it happen so it can give Alastair a focus on what he wants to do and the structure for next season," said Hateley.

"It is a good appointment for me, but only time will tell. Everything is measured on success in football. It is a results based business and Alastair is more used to winning than losing.

"It is not a knee-jerk reaction. It was something that was going to come sooner rather than later and why not now?

"It gives everybody plenty of chance to settle in and bed-in and also give Alastair plenty of time to focus on the remainder of this season working with Walter and having a strategy and plan and seeking out potential players for next season."

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