Ally McCoist has admitted that he is pleased to see Leeds United back in the Premier League, even if he is “not a great fan” of the club.

The Whites secured promotion back to the top flight after a 16-year absence this season, and are gearing up for an assault on the upper echelons of the English game under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa.

By contrast, the Scottish Premiership is already back under way, and kicked off on Saturday afternoon with Rangers’ trip to Aberdeen.

That game held particular significance for the Whites, who saw 19-year-old striker Ryan Edmondson make a second-half debut for the Dons after completing a loan move from Elland Road earlier this week.

Discussing Leeds’ Championship triumph upon his introduction into the action during Sky Sports‘ coverage of the clash (Sky Sports Main Event, August 1st, 12pm), he said: “What a season his club had last year, didn’t they?

“It was a great season. It’ll be great to see them back in the top flight, I’ve got to say.

“I’m not a great fan of Leeds United but I’ve enjoyed the football and they’ve had all the Scots down there – Billy Bremner, the two Grays.

“It’s brilliant to see them back in the top flight.”

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We actually quite like this from McCoist.

You don’t necessarily have to like something to respect it, and even if he isn’t a huge Leeds fans, at least he has the guts to praise us anyway.

It’s undeniable that we deserve to be back in the top flight after this season’s success, and even those neutrals who aren’t particularly fond of the club will surely be forced to sit up and take notice by Bielsa’s unique brand of high intensity attacking football.

Ultimately though, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks.

The only things that properly matter are that we are in the Premier League, and that the togetherness and unity around the club right now has rarely been this strong.

Outside approval means nothing in comparison.

In other Leeds United news, another one of our exclusive pundits has reacted to this 20-year-old closing in on loan exit.

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