Former Sunderland striker Ally McCoist has revealed that he still purchases a season ticket to the watch the League One club.
Scotsman McCoist began his career playing in his homeland for St. Johnstone, before making a move to England with the Black Cats in 1981.
A then club record transfer, the young striker would go on to make 65 appearances on Wearside, managing to score nine goals in total.
Eventually returning to Scotland in 1983, the Bellshill born goalscorer would embark on a 15 year spell with Rangers, netting an impressive 396 goals in 712 appearances.
Speaking on his time with Sunderland in a recent interview, McCoist revealed that he still holds a season ticket and gave the reasons why he still holds the club close to his heart.
“Things don’t always have to be on a crest of a wave to enjoy yourself,” he said on talkSPORT as quoted by Sunderland Echo.
“It was the most wonderful experience at Sunderland.
“I played with tremendous footballers, Frank Worthington, Leighton James, all these guys, it was brilliant, we had the flying pig in goals, Barry Siddall, Chris Turner, we had great guys.
“I went down there as a boy, in terms of my education and growing up, I was so, so blessed and fortunate enough to be playing in front of a wonderful support at Roker Park.
“They were unbelievably patient with me and that is the reason why I still have season tickets at the Stadium of Light and it’s a club I hold so dearly to my heart.
“I have no regrets but I’m not sure Sunderland supporters would say the same about me.”
McCoist, who called time on his playing career in 2001, went on to manage his former club Rangers between the years of 2011-2014.
Sunderland fans will be delighted to hear that McCoist is still a fond admirer of the club, and many could opt to look to the future and question if he could take over the club in a manager role.
Having played an important part in helping Rangers return to the Scottish Premiership, Sunderland could take full advantage of that success and knowledge as they look to bounce back after a failure to gain promotion to the Championship for a second successive season.
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