Smith: McCoist news can give Rangers a boost

Walter Smith hopes the news that Ally McCoist will be replacing him at the helm in the summer will provide Rangers with a timely boost ahead of their Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon tonight.

McCoist – currently No 2 at Ibrox – has long been tipped to take over from Smith when he quits at the end of the season but confirmation of the appointment only came on Tuesday. The first leg against Sporting in Glasgow ended in a 1-1 draw, before Rangers suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic at the weekend. But McCoist's planned promotion could be the perfect tonic at just the right time, according to Smith. He said: "If it does give us a bit of a boost between now and the end of the season, we will be happy."