Rangers legend Ally McCoist has made a surprising prediction for Sunday’s Celtic vs Rangers Scottish League Cup final.
Ally McCoist is widely considered to be the greatest player to ever play for Rangers Football Club and one of the best strikers that the Scottish game has ever seen. During his 15 seasons at Ibrox, he became the club’s all-time highest scorer with 355 goals. He also holds their record for most League goals, most League Cup goals and most European goals. As a player, he won 20 trophies with the Glasgow club.
He would later go on to manage them as well in what was the most turbulent period in the history of the club. During this period they would get dissolved and then eventually resurrected. McCoist stayed manager through the hard times and his popularity only grew among the Rangers supporters.
But even all that history was not enough to convince the legend, that Rangers could pull off a victory against Celtic and win their first major trophy since 2011. Despite his former team undergoing a resurrection since the arrival of Steven Gerrard and transforming into genuine title contenders, it is Neil Lennon’s side that he picked to win the final.
As reported by Sky Sports, speaking ahead of the game, McCoist said:
“You would probably think that Celtic maybe have a slight edge just due to the fact that they have won so many trophies in a row recently.
“They will probably, in my eyes, start slight favourites as they probably have more matchwinners in their squad than (the) Rangers.”
Ultimately, it is Celtic’s history of continuously winning over the past decade that has convinced McCoist that they will walk out with the trophy on Sunday. Rangers, on the other hand, have won almost nothing since their reformation.
Thus, the pressure will be very much on them to win on Sunday. And as a team that is not too used to dealing with such situations, it is hard to predict they will react in the final. Thus, while McCoist’s prediction might be surprising considering his storied history with Rangers, there is nothing surprising about it from a football perspective.