McCoist was born in Belshill, North Lanarkshire 24th September 1962. His family eventually settled in East Kilbride.
Ally signed for St.Johnstone F.C. in 1978 from Fir Park Boys Club going on to score 22 goals in 57 appearances.
After this McCoist moved on to English club Sunderland A.F.C. in 1981 for £400,000 despite interest from Glasgow Rangers and numerous other English clubs.
However, despite the fairly large transfer fee McCoist's time at Sunderland is generally regarded as being quite unsuccesful. In two seasons adding up to 56 appearances, Ally only scored 8 goals.
Despite this, in 1983 Rangers manager John Greig was determined to sign Ally. He managed to lure the young stiker to Ibrox Stadium for a snip of a fee for £185,000 which would prove to be one of the best value transfer fees ever in British football.
Ally McCoist was gradually bled into the team at Rangers but was very soon a first team starter in his first season at Ibrox. The highlight of his first season was a magnificent hattrick over arch rivals Celtic in the 1983 Scottish League Cup Final. Ally went on to score 20 goals in his first season.
McCoist had made his mark and was a fan's favourite almost instantly.
In 1986/87 he won the Scottish Premier League title for the first time and this would prove to be his cue for stardom.
He went onto win 9 Scottish League titles in a row with Rangers from 1986- 1997. and was inducted into the club as a legend.
In his time at Ibrox McCoist also won the European Golden boot award twice in 1992 and 1993.
McCoist logged up an incredible total of 251 goals in 418 appearances before leaving Rangers in 1998.
Ally moved to Kilmarnock F.C and ended his playing career with 9 goals in 53 appearances.
Ally McCoist was also a Scotland International regular and managed to collect 61 International caps and scored 19 International goals. He managed to appear in a World Cup tournament and a European Championships also.
Perhaps his most notable International goal came in the Euro '96 tournament played in England when he scored the winner against Switzerland.
Ally retired from playing football in 2001 and in 2004 took up coaching with then Scotland International manager Walter Smith.
In 1997 Ally returned to Glasgow Rangers as Walter Smith's Assistant manager.
In June 2011 Ally McCoist was named as manager of Rangers F.C. where he continues to manage to this day.
Ally, has appeared in the film A Shot At Glory(2000) directed by Michael Corrente and starring Robert Duvall and Michael Keaton.
He played the main striker Jackie McQuillan of the fictional club Kilnockie who were attempting to reach their first ever Scottish Cup Final.
Ally McCoist - what members say
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A film made for the American market but worth a view.... 16 September 2004
Ally McCoist - filmography
Ally McCoist facts
5 most recent filmsA Shot At Glory - 3.0 stars
Ally McCoist - 3.5 stars
5 highest-rated filmsAlly McCoist - 3.5 stars
A Shot At Glory - 3.0 stars
5 lowest-rated filmsA Shot At Glory - 3.0 stars
Ally McCoist - 3.5 stars
Most frequent co-starsCole Hauser - 1 times - show films
Robert Duvall - 1 times - show films
Michael Keaton - 1 times - show films
Morag Hood - 1 times - show films
Brian Cox - 1 times - show films
Most frequent directorsMichael Corrente - 1 times - show films