The Amazing Snakeheads are gearing up to the unleashing on the world of their no-doubt-ferocious debut album, so we caught up with bassist William Coombe for a bit of a natter about his beloved Rangers…
It’s being reported that Madjid Bougherra is open to returning. Would you take him?
That’s the first I’ve heard of it, by the way. Would I take him? I certainly would, aye, but I didn’t think we’d be in a position to buy anybody in this transfer window so that’s come as a bit of a shock to me.
If the money was there, which areas of the squad would you like to see strengthened?
I’d say a defender was a priority. Mohsni, the big Algerian boy, he’s good but he’s a bit young. And I’d say we need a right midfielder too.
Do you think Ally McCoist should give youth more of a chance?
Yeah, but it’s whether or not they’re good enough. We’ve got to try and get our way back up the league system, so it’s a hard one to judge – we’ve got to win games, but aye, preferably we’d be letting the young boys play. You can only leave that to the manager.
Long-term, do you think McCoist is the man to lead you back to the top of the Premier League?
Most definitely. Only two people could have taken that job: Walter Smith and Ally McCoist. He has Rangers’ best interests at heart, and we need somebody like that because there’s going to be a lot of aggro and a lot of grief.
There’s a lot of uncertainty over what’s happening now so we need somebody strong, somebody with Rangers’ best interests at heart.
Which players have most impressed you this season?
I’d have to say Nicky Law, Mohsni as well. Big McCulloch’s always solid, and the young boy Macleod has been one of the shining lights so far, although he’s still got a wee bit of a progression to make.
Do you manage to get to Ibrox often?
Not really because I work on a Saturday, but I try to get there when I can if the game is during the week or on a Sunday.
Do you remember the first game you ever went to?
I do. My granddad took me to Firhill for Rangers v Motherwell on a school night, I think I was 7 or 8. It was mental.
How about the best and worst games you’ve been to?
The worst one was the UEFA Cup final down in Manchester – there was a lot riding on that and the performance that day was terrible. There was a lot of disappointment.
The Rangers v Celtic cup final when Jelavic scored with the last kick of the game, that was a good one – and Rangers v Fiorentina to get to the UEFA Cup final, that was a brilliant day.
Apparently Jelavic has just signed for Hull City.
I know, I was talking to my pals on Saturday about that. I don’t know if he got a really good chance at Everton because Lukaku’s been there, but Jelavic is a top-class player.
Wherever he goes, he’ll do the damage. He’s too good not to.
Finally, if you had to select a six-a-side team out of all the Rangers players you’ve ever seen in your time as a fan, who would you pick?
Andy Goram, Richard Gough, Paul Gascoigne, Kenny Miller, Steve Davis and Rino Gattuso, the hatchet man.
William Coombe, thank you.