Friday, 30 March 2018

The new truth about Rangers

April 1986. Scotland and Liverpool legend Graeme Souness takes over at Ibrox as a Player Manager, and proceeds to tear Scottish football up limb from limb and re-write the rules.

Thereafter, a succession of incredible managers and success saturates Rangers north of the border, with the first blot on the copybook taking a full 20 years to materialise, in the form of the failed French manager Paul Le Guen.

The fact Rangers fans, for the majority, were so disgusted by the ex-Lyon coach’s performance at Ibrox said it all – a few seemed to want to give him more time, but looking at his post-Rangers career proves why the majority, Barry Ferguson and Sir David Murray, back then, were correct.

Walter Smith came back in and all was right again with the world. Even Ally McCoist, until Naismith’s injury, did rather well in the SPL and most fans were happy until the loss of the Scottish international derailed the season.

Fast forward till the present day – any Tom, Dick or Harry can now manage Rangers and a huge portion of the support will back them. They will back them blindly regardless of performance, regardless of reputation – whatever fool is put in the manager’s chair gets the support of a hell of a lot of the fans.

When did it change? When did Rangers supporters stop expecting the best at their club and start backing absolutely anyone given the hotseat?

Warburton was found out inside three months (Think St Johnstone), and despite winning the Championship, struggled humiliatingly in the SPL (like he did at Forest) and yet still a great number of fans backed him. A Celtic fan comes in and signs half of Mexico yet got massive swathes of support, and now another one (it’s common knowledge Murty has Celtic leanings) has been promoted from the youth ranks, struggled horribly the past two games yet instead of questioning him, many fans just keep on supporting.

We’re utterly fed up with it here at Ibrox Noise – fans blindly accepting whatever is in front of them and either smearing us for calling it or preaching that time should be given etc.

While we praised results over the past few months, the last two deserve to be labelled what they were, and Murty’s own media displays in general have absolutely horrendous.

Slagging off players, praising Celtic, begging for patience, defending opponents like with Kipre; Murty has not spoken like a Rangers manager that I recognise, and it’s greatly worryingly that the new breed of supporter seems to want to back him or anyone given the job without questioning them.

And crucially, flaming anyone who does.

We at Ibrox Noise want the best for this club. We want to see our team winning, and we will not be silenced by people who think a dorito or anything else is good enough to manage the club.

If you want to blindly support and never criticise, that’s up to you. We want Walter Smith, Dick Advocaat, hell even Alex McLeish style success.

We ain’t going to get it with Pedro, Warburton, Murty, or anything else that passes for a Rangers manager these days.

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