As most men women and their dogs will know, one of our most highly-rated managers here at Ibrox Noise, Tommy Wright, got himself a really solid gig at Killie, who naturally we play this weekend.
We’re both happy for him and wary now of the imminent challenge this brings with it.
Make no mistake, Wright is an outstanding man-manager who motivates his players and who has a strong patriarchal authority about him.
His players listen, and if you look at St Johnstone since he left, Callum Davidson has had an excellent base to work from, but despite that, Saints’ win percentage with mostly the same group of players has gone down a significant near-7%.
Indeed, their record up till Wright’s exit for the final 8 games of his reign saw just one defeat. The first 10 of Davidson’s saw only two wins and one draw.
So Rangers will have a tough deal to face the Pie Men this weekend, with ‘new manager’ syndrome helping their case at Rugby Park a lot, given especially the manager they do have.
Killie, under Alex Dyer, were nowhere near the level they were under Steve Clarke, and Tommy Wright, with the acumen he has, could easily get Killie back in the top 6.
We do wish Wright well, he’s very much one of us and was very much interested in the Rangers job each time it came up in the past. That may well still happen in the future, but for now he’s plotting against us and will be keen to take the three points this weekend and prove the kind of manager he is.
Hopefully Rangers can contain that and regain the form we need badly, because Killie will not be a walkover.
Not this weekend and not under a new manager, especially not under this one.