By Craig Scott

14th Sep, 2020 | 12:10pm

'I don't know if I'm allowed to say this' - talkSPORT host makes big Leeds claim, McCoist reacts

Ally McCoist has admitted that Leeds United could be viewed as his “second team” after being so impressed by Marcelo Bielsa’s work at Elland Road.

Rangers legend McCoist was looking forward to Leeds’ clash with Liverpool at the weekend and you can see why with Bielsa’s side grabbing a lot of headlines despite losing 4-3 at Anfield.

TalkSPORT host Laura Woods suggested the ‘second team’ idea to McCoist on air on Monday morning and although she hushes it quietly, the ex-Scotland international agreed with her and said it’s all down to the manager.

“I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this but I’ll say it quietly just in case. But they’ve almost become peoples’ second team,” said Woods, as shown on talkSPORT’s Twitter account.

McCoist replied: “You’re absolutely right. Do you know why? It’s definitely the Bielsa factor.

“I understand the rivalry between clubs and Leeds United, with other clubs, might not be the most popular.

“But Bielsa’s brought a kind of [likeability], a second-club factor about them.

“Me, for example. I’ve been saying all week that I’m looking forward to seeing them back in the top-flight. I was really looking forward to the game [against Liverpool] and it didn’t let me down at all. It did not disappoint.”

Woods then asked McCoist if Leeds are now his second team and he replied: “I need to have a think about that.”

We’re Leeds – we’re supposed to be hated.

It’s strange to hear so many fans, pundits and rivals talk highly of our manager and our style of football.

But, then again, most of the anti-Leeds stuff you get is based on the old Don Revie style of play which some people simply haven’t moved on from.

Nowadays, if you watch Leeds, you’re treated to superb, free-flowing football that can cause issues for even the best that the Premier League has to offer.

If we can turn up to Anfield and score three goals, losing the match only by giving away two penalties, then we should be fine for the rest of the campaign.

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