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..MAKE YOUR MIND UP COISTY; MCCOIST MUDDLE OVER SWIPE AT PLAYERS.

Byline: Hugh Keevins

12.30:THERE'S NO WAY I CAN ENDORSE WHAT CHARLES SAID 12.50: HE WAS 100 PER CENT RIGHT IN WHAT HE WAS SAYING ALLY McCOIST couldn't seem to make up his mind yesterday when quizzed about Charles Green's claim that this is the worst Rangers team in history.

In his press conference ahead of today's game with Annan, the Ibrox boss insisted there was no way he could endorse the Turn to Page 64

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He said: "I, for one, certainly won't endorse what he said - and you can be darn tooting sure about that."

But it was a different story when McCoist spoke to broadcast media and Rangers TV afterwards. He said: "I listened to the interview and he was 100 per cent right in what he was saying.

"He was trying to give everybody a realistic idea of where we are at the moment and he was spot on."

One thing McCoist was sure of is that there's no row with Green.

He said: "I haven't managed to speak to Charles since the interview because he's down south having meetings. But I've listened to the interview a couple of times and the press were right to pick up on that one line.

"If you listen to it in full, it contains very fair comment for the most part."

Rangers sit 20 points clear at the top of Division Three and McCoist was quick to praise the efforts of his squad this season.

He said: "The players we have brought in have beenfantastic. They are doingabsolutely everything that'sasked of them.

"If someone had said tome, 'Come the beginning ofMarch you'll be 20 pointsclear at the top of the league.Will you take that?'"Are you kidding me on? Of course I'd have bitten their hand off.

"where we are at the moment, after the lack of preparation at the start of the season, is all right. It's not great but it's not a disaster."

McCoist is already in the process of planning for next term and admitted Dundee United striker Jon Daly, Motherwell midfielder Nicky Law and Middlesbrough defender Andre Bikey are on the Ibrox radar.

A transfer embargo means he can only target players who are out of contract in the summer as he is only able to register free agents from September 1. He said: "I'm very aware that these players are with other clubs and I wouldn't want to do or say anything that would influence them in their relationship with their own clubs.

"All I would say is that Jon is one of a number of players we are interested in.

"There has been contact between the two clubs and contact between club and agent but there is nothing more concrete to tell you. t d d g "Nicky is another whose contract situation we are aware of. Bikey is also one we are interested in but there have been hundreds those in the last months." e e e ut of

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