The Honourable Company Of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield in East Lothian refused to budge on its ban just days after a dramatic announcement from Augusta National Golf Club that it was ending its 80-year gender barrier.
The home of the Masters golf tournament, famed across the world, said it was to admit two women, Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, to its erstwhile 370-strong all-male membership within weeks.
In short, says the Rangers manager, the SFA and SPL have it in for his club. McCoist would do well to pause before heading down this siege mentality road which Rangers, of all clubs, had always previously boasted of avoiding.
Is McCoist right? Is the balance of crime and punishment wrong between Rangers and Scottish football's governing bodies? Or even more pointedly – as some Rangers fans are now wont to say – do the SFA/SPL axis really want to kill off for good the Ibrox club?
Ernie Els uttered some now-prophetic words at Castle Stuart 12 days ago. "I think I'm on my way back," he said prior to the Scottish Open. "I can feel something. I'm definitely getting closer."
On top of this, at the last two Opens held at Lytham, Els had finished runner-up in 1996 and 3rd in 2001. This was clearly a course he liked.
I guess some of you out there might, though. The former Rangers and USA midfielder announced on Thursday that his 13-year-old son, Jack, had died after a three-year battle with cancer of the brain. In the hours and days since there have been appropriate expressions of sympathy for the 39-year-old American and his family.