IN October 1988 Ally McCoist, the Rangers striker, took part in one of those light-hearted Q+A columns that newspaper sports pages run from time to time.

His “best goal scored” - and, this being McCoist, there were so many to choose from - was a 25-yarder against Aberdeen the previous season. “It was disallowed”, he acknowledged, “but I still rate it as my best”.

The “best goal seen” was Davie Cooper’s “delightful little lob in the Drybrough Cup final against Celtic”. His “most memorable match” was the Skol Cup final against Celtic in 1984, when he scored a hat-trick.

McCoist said that his club nickname was either “polecat” or “predator”; his biggest disappointment was not going to Mexico with Scotland for the 1986 World Cup but his main ambition was “to help Rangers win a European trophy and to play for Scotland in the World Cup finals”.

His favourite music included Def Leppard and Bruce Springsteen; his favourite TV show was Star Trek; his dislikes included a certain team-mate’s breath “the morning after he’s had a curry”; and his likes included “a night out with the boys”.

McCoist’s prodigious goal-scoring feats are highlighted in the Rangers Hall of Fame. To quote: “In 15 glorious years as a Light Blue, McCoist smashed all of the striking records to set a standard which, given the frequent movement of players these days, which will never be bettered.

“He holds the Rangers record for league and European goals. He was the first Scottish player to win the Golden Boot, then promptly retained it, and he was the club’s leading scorer in nine of his 15 seasons.

“His predatory power was simply awesome and he added to the spectacle of it all with his effervescent personality and natural wit which has stood him in good stead in his current television career”.

McCoist, it adds, scored 34 goals in the league in three different seasons - 1986-87, 1991-92 and 1992-93. He recorded no fewer than 28 hat-tricks for Rangers, and his best individual haul in a match came against Falkirk in October 1992, when he scored all four goals. He claimed 27 goals against Celtic, and he was one of only three players to be present during the Nine-in-a-Row run between 1989 and 1997.

He won 61 international caps, his final two coming in 1998.

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McCoist is pictured, right, scoring one of his three goals against Celtic in Rangers’ 3-2 extra-time Scottish League Cup final triumph in March 1984 (he was named player of the match by the sponsors, Skol); and, above, with team-mate Mark Falco after they had got the goals in Rangers’ 2-0 home win over Dynamo Kiev in the European Cup in September 1987.

McCoist was the manager of Rangers for almost four years until he tendered his resignation in December 2014. His time in charge coincided with the club’s off-field difficulties, including administration and liquidation, and the side’s gradual rise from the bottom tier of Scottish football.