Ally McCoist declaring Rangers are a bigger club than Newcastle United sparks phoney war – No surprise
Ally McCoist has given Newcastle fans an amusing diversion to Mike Ashley demolishing Newcastle United.
The former Rangers player and manager (might be a clue there…) declaring that the Glasgow club are bigger than Newcastle United.
The comment sparked by Steven Gerrard being supposedly a candidate to replace Rafa Benitez.
Ally McCoist saying when asked about Gerrard possibly switching clubs: ‘I think Rangers are a bigger club. I think Newcastle play in a far better league.’
Just like when the subject is raised with Celtic supporters, you have Rangers fans backing up McCoist’s claims, with some Newcastle fans enjoying the respite from the chaos at St James Park to argue the NUFC case.
There is no definitive answer about who is/isn’t a bigger club which make it such a great thing to argue about, it has no conclusion. You aren’t going to get any supporters of the other club to change their mind.
What we do know for sure and is fact, Newcastle United are a big (should be bigger!) club in the English Premier League, whilst Rangers and Celtic are big clubs in the Scottish one.
What is also fact is that all around the world, there is massive interest in the English League. Whilst nobody is interested in the Scottish one.
The proof of that is that ever higher amounts of money are paid worldwide for the TV rights to show the (English) Premier League, whilst north of the border they get coppers from TV rights around the globe.
This is why Brendan Rodgers went to Leicester City – because they are a bigger club than Celtic.
Forget history, in this era Leicester are a more attractive club to manage than Celtic, unless of course the Foxes lost their Premier League status, then it would be a more level playing field. When Neil Lennon decided to leave the Celtic job in 2014, he went to manage Bolton who were battling relegation from the (English) Championship.
Celtic and Rangers are trapped in this unhappy marriage where they mean everything to each other but nothing to anybody outside the relationship (Scotland).
As for Ally McCoist, well he isn’t going to say anything different is he?
The only success he had outside Scotland/in England, was as a team captain on Question of Sport in the 90s.
His entire playing and managerial career has been in Scotland (St Johnstone, Rangers and Kilmarnock), with one exception.
Ally McCoist became Sunderland’s record signing in 1981 when they paid £400,000 for the striker but he couldn’t hack it at the higher level.
Two seasons and only nine goals in 65 appearances in England, before he went back over the border with his tail between his legs.
As for Steven Gerrard coming to Newcastle United, that isn’t going to happen, but not because he would be leaving a bigger club.
Newcastle and Rangers fans do of course share one significant thing, an absolute hatred of Mike Ashley, which is never going to change.
Ally McCoist speaking to Talksport:
“I think Rangers are a bigger club.
“I think Newcastle play in a far better league.
“That’s the way I see it at this moment in time.
“You know what I think of north east football, I absolutely love the people of the north east.
“I love the football in the north east…but what kind of step would it be for Steven Gerrard?
“I think they have got absolutely fanatical support, but I’m not sure right now it would be a great move for Steven Gerrard to be honest with you, because he certainly has unfinished business at Rangers.
“I wish Newcastle all the very best in their search for a new manager but leave ours (alone).”
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