The former Ibrox frontman has said that Dele Alli, who joined Everton in a deal worth up to £40m in January, would be a good signing for the Premiership club amid reports linking him with a move to Turkey.
Speaking on the talkSPORT breakfast show [August 17, 6:23am], the 59-year-old said: “Would I take him at Rangers? All day man. All day. Yeah. I do, I really do [think he’d do a good job]. I’d take him all day man.
“He’s completely and utterly lost his way. It’s not easy, don’t think for a minute it’s easy. You look at the players that have come to Rangers beforehand, I’m not saying they’ve struggled but they’ve not been as big a success as people would have thought. And Celtic.
“It’s a difficult place to play. But if you do play there, it’s a fantastic place to play.”
Besiktas have reportedly agreed a deal with Everton for the England international and they are now waiting on a decision from the player.
Rangers should now act on McCoist’s suggestion and Alli’s indecisiveness over a move to Turkey by attempting to convince him to come to Scotland, as he could be Paul Gascoigne 2.0 for the Gers.
In fact, Barcelona manager Xavi – whilst he was still playing – once compared Alli to Gascoigne, with the obvious Tottenham, England and positional links.
He was capable of making a huge impact in the final third whilst playing as a number 10 and Alli has the potential to do the same.
Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino previously compared him to the late Diego Maradona, saying: “You smell Maradona’s energy, his charisma is amazing.
“Ronaldinho at Paris Saint-Germain was similar. And it’s similar with Dele. People love him in this way. When you add the charisma to the talent, that’s what makes a special player. When he was scoring goals, kids loved him like he was Ronaldinho.
“Kids feel this charisma, this energy, and with Dele it’s the same; he has this charisma that kids love and follow.”
At the height of his powers, the former Spurs playmaker was phenomenal in the Premier League. Between the 2015/16 and 2017/18 campaigns, Alli scored 37 goals and set up 29 more in the English top flight as he consistently delivered at the top end of the pitch.
Whilst he has flopped at Everton, with zero goal contributions in 13 games at Goodison Park, he still has plenty of time to reignite his career at the age of 26. He could do that by joining Rangers to become their next Gascoigne – scoring and creating goals regularly from midfield – if he is able to recapture his best form.