BANG SCOUT of ORDER; McCoist : We've no network for spotting talent & for a club the size of Rangers that's.
ALLY McCOIST has revealed he is taking a short-term approach to getting Rangers back to the big time.
The Ibrox manager reckons he is simply not in the position to contemplate long-term forward planning for Premiership life ahead of the fight in store in next term's Championship.
With off-field issues still restricting his options the Ibrox boss is adamant short-term paths remain the only ones he can trek right now.
The fact he has no scouting network to back him up nor any idea whether he will be able to sign new players this summer means all he can focus on is ensuring he overcomes the challenges that will be faced in the second tier.
With chief executive Graham Wallace still conducting his 120-day review into the business, McCoist needs to wait before he can start making moves.
He has players in mind. Motherwell's Shaun Hutchinson and St Mirren's Kenny McLean are among those mentioned.
However, McCoist may end up having to show players the door, never mind add to his squad. The Gers boss said: "Like all clubs and all managers we definitely would like to strengthen and need to strengthen for next year and the following year.
"The biggest thing next year will be to win the league. In an ideal world we would be planning to win the league with a view to three or four players being able to play the following season in the top flight.
As "As yet, we can't do that. It looks at this stage as if we might just have to get a team to win the league, which is absolutely fine. But we need to know where we are.
"It is difficult. Our scouting department is effectively nonexistent for a club of our stature.
"To be in the position we are in with no scouting network is unacceptable. "But Graham and I are in constant dialogue on these matters and the board are aware of the importance of having a top-class scouting department.
"We don't have it now but we will get one. "it's not easy without a scouting department but there are players we are looking at in the hope we might be able to buy them or get somefree transfers. We don't know if that will happen and these are just options as we try to cover our bases. "Agents aren't slow in phoning you with players and we do watch a lot of games.
"We know all the players who are on free transfers but it would be nice to know if we have got a few quid to spend on two or three players. "We don't know that yet. We are attempting to cover every eventuality. We might not get anyone in, I don't know.
"I have spoken to two players. I can't give you names, but that's where we are at the moment and the unfortunate position we are in is that we can't offer anyone anything.
"That's not ideal but we will continue to do our homework and prepare to move when we can.
"Like any manager, you want more than you can get. It is not a criticism of Graham and the board, far from it.
"They have a job to do and they have stated what their plans are in terms of reviewing the club, reviewing the financial situation and reviewing the football department.
"They are aware of the fact that we want to get moving as soon as possible and they understand that. Once things quieten down in terms of the period where Graham knows where we are and what we want to do then we will move on."
In a strange way, McCoist appears to be actually glad of the current impasse.
Sure, he wants to make plans but after two years of almost constant hassle away from the pitch he's almost thrilled to have a period of purely being a football manager instead of politician and UN peacekeeper while Wallace finishes his work.
McCoist smiled: "They have time to do what they have to do and, perhaps, we can concentrate more on football matters, because it's a great month for the club.
"The league title is in the bag and we still have some good league games to go.
"We want to continue with the great run in terms of results the players have had and then we have a Ramsdens Cup Final and a Scottish Cup semi-final to look forward to.
"It's probably as positive as it has been for a while in terms of the football side of things.
"So we are actually quite enjoying that. If you will spare us that little bit of enjoyment!"
NOT THE USUAL DRILL McCoist has no scouting network and can't plan ahead