The worst Rangers of all time

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In 2013 Charles Green was
castigated by supporters for labelling the Rangers side the worst in history.
The truth is he was wrong – this one is.
Last night, following that
absolute disaster at Central Park last weekend, Rangers hosted Queen of the
South at a healthily-full Ibrox (albeit far from a sellout – 35,000) knowing
the support was buoyant at the new regime, with six new directors currently
appointed while King awaits to pass the fit and proper person test.

Sandy Easdale, Derek Llambias
& Barry Leach had been suspended that afternoon, and that went with many
fans’ convictions that the three of them were malevolent to the Rangers’ cause.
Subsequently, the mood was high, and the further appointments of John Bennett,
Rangers First’s James Blair and the RST’s Chris Graham to the Rangers board
further emphasised fans’ belief the regime is the right one and trying to
engage with supporters.
With two of the greatest Rangers
of all time in attendance (the official one, John Greig, and the affectionately
dubbed ‘Sir’ Walter Smith) the opportunity was here to set a marker down, to
produce a decent, high-octane display.
Truth is, it was never going to
happen, not in a million years, not with Kenny McDowall in charge and selecting
rubbish like Nicky Law, Jon Daly, Lee McCulloch and Kyle Hutton.
Once again Rangers’ players
looked like they barely cared, and their guests were absolutely resolute in
their organisation, tactics, and approach and created more than a few chances.
When Slovenian attacker Vuckic
opened the scoring around 10 minutes from the end, while the feeling was one of
relief, there was also more than a sense of utter undeserving about it, and in
all honesty it was against the run of play. That QoS ran up the other end and
snatched a late equaliser was justice, to be frank.
In blunt terms this Rangers team,
from management to playing stuff is not just poor, it is disgusting. Stodgy,
ponderous, stale, rotten play punctuates its endeavours and frankly it is not
just a chore to watch Rangers now, it is outright masochism.
McDowall certainly takes his lion
share of the responsibility. After going back on his word about using youth
more frequently, he sticks with the same old pals who are not performing, and
even wants Ian Durrant back as assistant coach.
Do Rangers not already have enough
jobs for the boys?
Derek Johnstone said:
“The senior players just aren’t doing it,
why not try the young ones?”
It is an entirely valid question.
If McDowall fears they will not be able to handle the pressure and defeats will
hurt their psychological progress, sorry, but that will not happen. Rangers’
fans will give full support to younger players doing everything they can to win
– as long as they see the effort and industry, which such players will have in
abundance.
Tom Walsh came on last night and
looked brighter than any senior player out there. Does that not say it all?
Fans would rather we lose
fighting with younger players than lose tamely with pathetic seniors who just
want a paycheque.
But McDowall will not hear it,
and resorts to the usual rotten old guard.
Some may have noticed I attacked
Kyle Hutton earlier in this piece, and may have thought it hypocritical given
my praise for him a month ago. Well, sadly he too has played his five good
games and has become complete rubbish like the rest. He punched above his
weight for a while and now it is back to the Hutton we know and cannot wait to
get rid of.
The simple truth this Rangers has
sunk to unimaginable levels, and it starts with McDowall. If King et al do not
replace him immediately, it will only get worse.
We are the People.
But our team currently is not.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Yet another game without Templeton. McDowell told him, when he took over from McCoist, not to be afraid to take the opposition on without being afraid to lose the ball and still won't give him a game. McDowell is doing my brain in. He's the worst we have had ever.

  2. Utterly painfull to watch.And going by the fans I was surrounded by last night if there is not a change in management soon they are going to lose thousands of supporters.Saying that the fact we have to rely on that excuse for a Rangers team to take us up is impossible.

  3. AGREE 100%
    THE WAY FORWARD IS CLEAR – SEND KENNY McDOWALL ON GARDENING LEAVE
    IMMEDIATELY WITH MCcOIST WHO LEST WE FORGET WAS THE PRIMARY ARCHITECT
    OF THIS TEAM OF DINOSAURS & LOSERS.
    GET ALL THE LOAN PLAYERS LIKE BARRY McKAY BACK NOW AND PLAY THEM WITH
    ANY NEW COACH – WALTER SMITH OR ANYONE WHO CAN INSTILL CONFIDENCE AND
    PROFESSIONALISM IN THEIR PLAY.
    THIS IS RANGERS FC – WE NEED AND DEMAND BETTER THAN THIS DROSS THAT
    WE ARE HAVING TO WATCH AND PAY FOR.

  4. I am doing my damnedest to think of something to disagree with your piece, but I'm not blind and I'm not daft.
    In my opinion Kenny McDowell was given an undeservedly and unexpected lifetime opportunity and has disrespected it by being too loyal to his pals. Rangers are bigger than any individual and for that matter any wee collective clique that appears within.
    He should resign now and so should McCoist, with some sort of undisclosed token pay off. The amount should be agreed between them and the club.
    If no one is bigger than the club, then do the right thing gents.

  5. A bit rough on young Hutton, who at least tries to power forward. He wasn't at his best last night but I wouldn't fault his effort. If any one of the strikers played four decent games in six, we wouldn't have a problem.
    They are awful to watch, and we need a manager now.

  6. I thought Law was trying last night,but he needs more support.Hutton as you say,has had some decent performances,tho seems to believe he is a better ball player than he is.As for McCulloch, where to start ! He gets 12grand a week for passing the ball 10 yards sideways and plays so deep due to his lack of pace, him and Robinson look like our centre half pairing.A mention for McDowell, who was in the process of bringing on Boyd n Miller until Wallace went down carrying an injury sustained earlier,that he struggled on with.So what happens due to this is a bomb scare called Moshni comes on and instead of starting a counterattack, he miscontrols with his chest/shoulder and is caught badly out of position leading to the QoS goal.Why not drop young Walsh deeper on the left and bring on Temps or Sheils on left wing ? Reverend I.M. Jolly (McDowell) really exudes the most negative vibes I've ever seen from a supposed manager(albeit,temporary) and the sooner him and the gardener are away the better, and take most of their jokers with them !

  7. Its so so dire… Jigs selection is an utter disgrace – a few months ago I thought he was in danger of ruining any legacy he had at the club… it has long gone now.

  8. Can you not see that this continual "WATP" diatribe sets everyone who is not one of the people against you? Why cant you see that? Is it really in Rangers best interest to have everybody bar your own against you? A wee bit of humility would do you a power of good.

  9. How many times do you bang your head against a door before you realise it won't open.
    We know that the current side is not of the required standard. However, the question is, can the team be improved in the short term? The players lack motivation and direction for a number of reasons:
    a) the current manager's status and preoccupation (see opening sentence) of selecting experienced, failed players.
    b) certain players are aware that they have no future with the club, which obviously has a bearing on their application.
    c) players are aware that certain individuals retain their place in the side without justification.
    For example, the paying customers would desperately like to hear why Templeton does not feature? Attitude, training performance, let us know? Gallagher, a frequent scorer on loan, was recalled and does not feature. Young Walsh provided energy and looked confident last night. We are all delighted that the club is now heading in the right direction. We need to be patient, and will be, but there are some short-term operational decisions that need to be addressed. The team performance can be improved!

  10. My main gripe is that we look unfit, lack confidence and are unwilling to close teams down quickly in thier own half. The very basics are a mystery to us. Passing, moving, working hard and using the head are all alien to this team. We've seen the signs over the past 2 years, with a team that don't work hard enough, don't close down the opposition quickly enough, and don't break forward anywhere near fast enough. Being ouplayed, outthought and outfought by part time teams is a disgrace. No direction, no leadership, no courage = no hope.

  11. Totally agree with your sentiments and you are obviously feeling the pain like the vast majority of fans. The crowd was strangely quiet last night despite the euphoria of last week. That was due to the realisation that we have a dire squad and a dire coaching team and things are not going to improve any time soon. We ended up with 4 centre backs across the defence and a midfield which, Vuckic aside, doesn't know how to go in a forward direction. And don't get me started on the so called strikers. The next 3/4 months are crucial to the wellbeing of the club because if this garbage continues there will be no rush to buy season tickets.

  12. FORGET PROMOTION THIS SEASON LET'S
    BUILD IT SENSIBLY ON & OFF THE PARK 4 THE FOLLOWING SEASON OR IT COULD SET
    US BACK .THE KIDS NEED A FULL SEASON
    PLAYING REGULAR FOOTBALL 2GETHER,
    IT ALL HAS TO COME AT THE ONE TIME.
    KEEP TEMPS & CLARK THE REST COULD
    GO 4 ME. HEARTS HAVE PROVED IT CAN
    B DONE.

    P.S. DON'T FORGET BEARS WE'VE BEEN BADLY DAMAGED FOR 4 YEARS .

    REMEMBER : BRICK BY BRICK!

  13. Tbh i do agree with your article & I think it does look like the writing is on the wall now for McDowell with the appointment of McCall today. But i think we are too far down the road now & we should bite the bullet & accept we are onna be stuck in the championship for at least another season, If we do then maybe McCall [ or someone else] can prepare a new team for the future, Quite frankly if we do by some iracle go up, with this mob we have we will be ragged dolled by eveybody

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