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Rangers endured a howler over failed swoop for Jamie Vardy

Former Glasgow Rangers player and then manager Ally McCoist endured a difficult spell in the dugout at Ibrox as he had to deal with off and on-field issues.

He was in charge as the club were sent tumbling down the divisions due to their financial issues as he managed the club from 2011 to 2014.

Things could have been slightly better for the Scottish icon if he had been able to sign a striker who he wanted to bring in ahead of the 2012/13 campaign – Jamie Vardy.

McCoist, speaking on talkSPORT, recently revealed that the England international is one player he missed out on during his time in the dugout in Glasgow.

“I tried to get Vardy when he was at Fleetwood, believe it or not, and I couldn’t get the money. I’m deadly serious. My coach John Brown watched Jamie Vardy.

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“To be fair, he had a great eye for a player. He watched him for 45 minutes and sent me a message saying, ‘we need to get this lad!’ That’s a fact.

“Clearly, that wasn’t to be either. There’s probably a few more I can think about, to be fair, but Vardy was probably the biggest [name I missed out on].”

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Rangers went into administration in 2012 and were relegated to the third division of Scottish football but did manage to keep hold of a few of their squad from the 2011/12 campaign – with Neil Alexander, Lee Wallace, and Lee McCulloch among those who remained at Ibrox.

This suggests that Vardy, who was once hailed as “unbelievable” by Claudio Ranieri, could have stayed in Glasgow and helped to fire the team back up to the Premiership before excelling in the Scottish top-flight, as he went on to catch the eye in England for Leicester.


The above statistics show that he has been a consistent goalscorer over the years for the Foxes. He has plundered 134 goals and 49 assists in 283 Premier League matches and scored twice in nine Champions League outings during the 2016/17 campaign.

Vardy, who once described himself as a “nightmare” on the pitch, could have been a prolific scorer for the Light Blues – based on his incredible form for Leicester – and that is why McCoist had a howler in his failed swoop for the forward.

Of course, he was in a difficult position as he claimed that he could not muster up the funds and the financial issues that soon followed make it clear as to why that was the case. However, perhaps he could have pushed to sell one or two of his first-team players to fund the move or tried harder to agree on a more attractive deal with Fleetwood.

Instead, McCoist missed out on the English predator and had to watch on as he fired in goal-after-goal for Leicester over the past 10 years and counting.