There is a lot of soul-searching going on right now among Rangers fans, with supporters divided over the blame game.
Some attribute it to ‘Clueless Gio’, the man who got us our first Scottish Cup in an age plus a European final.
Some blame the players, who gave the earth the moon and the stars last season and lost the two best of them in the summer.
And some blame the board, for not supporting Gio, Ross Wilson being finger-pointed the most while others are deeply unhappy with Douglas Park.
The truth, as always, lies somewhere in the middle of this.
But Ibrox Noise points you to early 2021, and a message we preached to you, the readers, but mainly to the board. That message was simple, as we won 55:
‘Don’t do a Liverpool. Please, sign quality this summer, don’t rest with what we have, and don’t get complacent.’
Liverpool, after that historic title, completely flunked the season afterwards and choked the league, injuries not helping, but then they had Jurgen Klopp. Many looked at them and pointed out they’d won the league so arrogantly that they’d completely rested on their laurels.
We begged our board not to do the same.
What did we get?
We got a bunch of extra and unneeded shirts, we got fans being ripped off by the club, we got no signings worth a damn in the summer, we got hysteria over MyGers, and then a ludicrous amount of hype over 150 years plus a horrible gold crest we didn’t even recognise. Then the worst flag day in the club’s history.
We had a board with no interest in keeping the football side thriving and determined to make every penny out of the fans, leaving it to Beale and Gerrard to work miracles and pray they could move mountains with a £5 budget.
It collapsed horribly, and left us with very little. We’d very much done a Liverpool.
This current malaise is a year and a half in the making – it’s a club and board who didn’t follow up 55 with the TLC it and the club, especially the fans, deserved. They took us and our money for granted, exploited the situation rather than embracing the achievement and driving on and now look at us.
Humiliated in Europe and sinking fast in the league.
Don’t get us wrong, the players have given up too, but it’s been a slow decay – they didn’t start the season with zero effort, they did try, but after a while, it’s fallen away along with half the players to injury.
And the manager’s composure has derailed entirely, going from a man we trusted entirely to a misguided leader, desperately saying don’t panic while utterly unsure how to stop the rot.
But the board is the main culprit. And we’ve not even touched on the constant fights they pick with everyone either. Or the diabolical media charge they forced on media groups who should have a right to access to the club for free like every other team.
We could go on.
Gio is not innocent, the players are far from it either, but the rot begins in the foundations and that’s the board.
They absolutely flunked it.