McCoist expresses concern for Hearts

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Ally McCoist has expressed his sympathy for Hearts
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Ally McCoist has expressed his sympathy for Hearts

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has offered his sympathy and support to Hearts after they became the latest Scottish club to be plunged into a financial crisis.

The Edinburgh side are battling for survival after being issued with a winding up order by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs over a tax bill of almost £450,000.

Rangers were themselves forced to call in the administrators in February as a result of HMRC action and faced months of turmoil before being consigned to liquidation in the summer and relaunched as a newco.

McCoist said: "We probably understand and sympathise more with Hearts than possibly any other club, just due to the fact that we know exactly what they're going through.

"Our sympathies are with all the players and staff and supporters. You are effectively talking about peoples' livelihoods and peoples' lives which, in the grand scheme of things, is far greater than any result. Our thoughts are with Hearts at the moment, we sympathise with them greatly, and we just hope that they can come out of it in a positive way like we have."

Hearts have admitted next weekend's visit of St Mirren could be their last game and have asked fans to help them raise the cash to settle the tax bill.

Rangers were able to fulfil the remainder of their fixtures last term but now ply their trade in the Irn-Bru Third Division after the newco was denied entry to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. McCoist added: "All I want is for Hearts to survive and for people to keep their jobs and for Hearts supporters to have a team to go and watch."

The Light Blues boss was hailed by fans as an instrumental figure in holding Rangers together during their darkest hour and McCoist has backed Jambos boss John McGlynn to help guide his club through their own plight.

He said: "John and I have worked together through our coaching and things like that and John is a good lad, he's a solid lad. He will be strong and he'll need good people around him, which I'm sure he will have.

"The one thing that would be evident to myself, to get John and his staff through it, would be a camaraderie and a bond and an inner strength. That will certainly be required and I genuinely believe they have that. We are all very hopeful that Hearts come through this."

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