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Short Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 24, 1962
SpouseVivien Ross (m. 2014), Allison McCoist (m. 1990–2004)
FactHe was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Honours List for his services to Association Football.

Ally McCoist MBE is a Scottish football player and manager who currently works as a pundit for BT Sport. He played for Rangers from 1983 to 1998, scoring a club record 355 goals in 581 appearances, and won nine league titles and ten Scottish Cups. He then had a brief spell as a player-manager with Kilmarnock before returning to Rangers as manager in 2007. He led Rangers to three successive league titles before the club entered financial difficulties in 2012. McCoist was then appointed as Rangers’ manager on a temporary basis and was later given the job on a permanent basis. He resigned in 2014 after Rangers were relegated to the Scottish Championship.

McCoist was born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire on 24 September 1962. His parents were both Rangers fans and he began supporting the club at a young age. He was educated at Dalziel High School and played football for the school team. He then played for Blantyre Victoria, a local junior team, before signing for Rangers in 1980.

McCoist made his Rangers debut in 1983 and quickly established himself as a first team regular. He won his first major trophy in 1984, when Rangers won the Scottish League Cup. He went on to win nine league titles and ten Scottish Cups with Rangers. He also scored the winning goal in the 1993 Scottish Cup Final, when Rangers beat Aberdeen 2-1.

McCoist left Rangers in 1998 and had a brief spell as player-manager of Kilmarnock. He then retired from playing and became a pundit for Sky Sports.

In 2007, McCoist returned to Rangers as assistant manager under new manager Walter Smith. When Smith resigned in 2011, McCoist was appointed as Rangers’ manager on a temporary basis. He was then given the job on a permanent basis.

Under McCoist’s management, Rangers won three successive league titles from 2012 to 2014. However, the club then ran into financial difficulties and was forced to enter administration in 2012. This resulted in Rangers being relegated to the Scottish Championship. McCoist resigned as Rangers’ manager in 2014.

Since leaving Rangers, McCoist has worked as a pundit for BT Sport. He has also been involved in several business ventures, including a sports management company and a football academy.

McCoist is married to Allison McCoist and they have two children together.

General Info

Full NameAlly McCoist
Date Of BirthSeptember 24, 1962
Height1.78 m
Weight76 kg
ProfessionActor, Coach


SpouseVivien Ross (m. 2014), Allison McCoist (m. 1990–2004)
ChildrenArran McCoist, Argyll McCoist, Alexander McCoist, Mitchell McCoist, Harris McCoist


MoviesA Shot at Glory
TV ShowsA Question of Sport, The Match

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1He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Honours List for his services to Association Football.
2His nickname at Rangers was "Super Ally".
3He has three boys, Alexander and twins Argyll and Mitchell, with his first wife Allison. He also has two sons, Arran and Harris, with Vivien Ross. Argyll, Arran and Harris are all locations in Scotland, the last two being islands. The McCoist family originates in Argyll.
4Works as an expert pundit on ITV's flagship football programme The Premiership (2001).
5Sang on the pop track "Say It With Pride" which celebrated Scotland's participation in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
6He featured for Scotland in the FIFA World Cup of 1990 and the UEFA European Championships of 1992 and 1996.
7He used to play for the Scottish national football (soccer) team. Now he is the co-host of the show A Question of Sport (1970).




FIFA 20032002Video GameCommentary (US version, voice)
A Shot at Glory2000Jackie McQuillan


Final Score2016TV SeriesHimself - Commentator
European Qualifiers: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia2016TV SeriesHimself - Analyst
Jimmy Hill: A Man for All Seasons2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Saturday Sportsday2014TV SeriesHimself - Rangers Manager
Big John: The John Hartson Story2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Rangers Manager
A Question of Sport1996-2009TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain / Himself - Mystery Guest
The F Word2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Sport Relief 20062006TV MovieHimself
Soccer Night2004TV SeriesPundit
The Great British Pop Test2004TV MovieHimself
The Championship2004TV SeriesReporter
Sport Relief 20042004TV SpecialHimself
Hogmanay Live2003TV MovieHimself
Inside the Mind of Paul Gascoigne2003TV Movie documentaryInterviewee
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2002TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Sport Relief2002TV SpecialHimself
The Premiership2001TV SeriesExpert Analysis
They Think It's All Over1995-2001TV SeriesHimself
On the Ball2001TV SeriesExpert Analysis
Star Secrets1999TV SeriesHimself
McCoist and MacAulay1998TV SeriesHimself
Late Lunch1998TV SeriesHimself
Jolly a Man for All Seasons1994TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

Cutting Edge1996TV Series documentaryHimself
History of the Euros2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Scotland, Euro 96
The Comedy Map of Britain2008TV Series documentaryHimself
A Question of Sport2007TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
Stan Collymore: Confessions of a Premiership Footballer2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Omnibus1998TV Series documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2001TRIC AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club AwardsTV Sports Presenter/Reporter of the Year

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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