Dark Times For Rangers And Ally McCoist

An air of uncertainty is hovering around Ibrox with under-fire Rangers manager Ally McCoist declaring that the club are in 'crisis'. The Gers are not only embroiled in a potentially damaging tax dispute but they are out of both domestic cups and have surrendered their lead at the top of the SPL to fierce rivals Celtic, who now lead by one point with a game in hand.

Rangers got the season off to a cracking start, picking up 39 points from a possible 45, including a winning sequence of nine games in a row. They recorded a 4-2 victory over Celtic in the first Old Firm Derby of the season and didn't lose in the league until late November. Fast-forward to the present time and Rangers are struggling for form and consistency, lost their lead at the top of the table, sold their top scorer Nikica Jelavic to Everton and worst of all may be hit with a whopping 49m tax bill by the HMRC. Contrast this with Celtic who have been in unstoppable form, conjuring up a run of 12 successive league wins, booked their place in the sixth round of the Scottish Cup and are preparing for a League Cup Final against Kilmarnock in March.

Recent troubles for Rangers mean that McCoist is currently the second favourite behind Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre in the Next SPL Manager To Be Sacked Odds. Ironically Rangers travel to rock bottom Dunfermline on Saturday, with McCoist's men the odds-on 3/10 favourites with Paddy Power to come away with the win, while The Pars have been handed long odds of 9/1, with a draw available at 4/1. Recent speculation has indicated that McCoist is considering leaving the club, something he strenuously denies. The Next Rangers Manager market shows that Billy Davies is the early frontrunner in the betting.

Odds supplied by Paddy Power.

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