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Ally knows about chaos theory.

Byline: GAVIN BERRY

ALLY McCOIST knows better than anyone how tough it is to manage amid chaos behind the scenes.

And that's why he believes Barry Ferguson's time at Blackpool would have been a sharp learning curve.

Ferguson's first job in management came as caretaker at the Seasiders when he replaced axed former England star Paul Ince. Despite winning just three of 20 games in charge at Bloomfield Road, the former Rangers skipper kept Blackpool in the Championship.

But his time in charge came during a turbulent off-field spell with chairman Karl Oyston a hate figure for the club's fans.

Tonight Ferguson will square up to McCoist and his old club in the Petrofac Training Cup tie at Ibrox.

McCoist said: "Looking in from the outside Blackpool seem to be a club who have got one or two problems.

"I had a degree of sympathy for Barry with the position he was in at Blackpool. It was a very tough introduction for him but he will probably have learned a lot."

TEAMSHEET

RANGERS striker Nicky Clark, who came off the bench to score against Falkirk on Friday, could get his first start of the season.

Richard Foster and Ian Black look set to miss out again with longer term injury victims Arnold Peralta and Jon Daly also out.

Bully Wee captain John Sweeney is available after missing out against Queen's Park.

Defenders Fraser McGhee and Ian Gray will not feature.

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Date:Aug 18, 2014
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