Scottish Football

McCoist queries final venue

Thursday 6th February 2014 16:13

Ally McCoist: 'That does not wash with me'

Ally McCoist: 'That does not wash with me'

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist has questioned the SPFL's reasons for choosing Celtic Park over Ibrox as the host ground for this year's Scottish League Cup final.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster claimed with Rangers staging a match on their home ground on March 15, the day before Aberdeen and Inverness do battle in the final, there would not be enough time for TV companies to cover both matches.

Speaking to Sky Sports News on Wednesday, Doncaster said: "We had two great venues to choose from, both of which have huge experience of hosting big European games, but Ibrox, we believe, has a game on the Saturday which is likely to be televised.

"So with a televised game at lunchtime on the Saturday there simply wasn't enough time to de-rig Ibrox in time for the Sunday game so that's the key reason we have gone with Celtic Park."

But, having worked in the television industry for a number of years, McCoist claims that Doncaster's excuse 'does not wash with me'.

He told the assembled media ahead of Friday's Scottish Cup tie against Dunfermline: "Before the announcement of the final venue I did say to the chief executive that if we were allowed to bet, which of course we are not, he should 'get a few quid on it not being Ibrox'.

"I just didn't think it would be, but that was my own opinion. I think obviously Neil - or whoever is running the SPFL - made the decision and they will stick by it.

"However, I've worked in television long enough that I know these boys are unbelievable at their job in terms of de-rigging and setting up for games.

"Come on. That doesn't wash with me and I don't think it washes with you either."

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