Rangers’ managers since 2011 have all had one thing in common

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Rangers’ managers since 2011 have all had one thing in common
Beale is ready to make biiiig changes to his Rangers squad....

One of Ibrox Noise’s most valued friends laid a very sharp point on us recently, one which resonated and which is one of the most underrated comments we’ve heard since 2012 and Rangers’ troubles:

Rangers have not had a single real manager since Walter Smith, and every one of them have been teeth cutters.

What does this mean?

It means, to dumb it down to ‘youth’ speak, they’re basically all noobs. Every single boss since Walter has been effectively in their first job, or barely experienced at all. Most in their late 30s or early 40s, and not a single one of them has been an experienced pro or a safe pair of hands.

Ally McCoist, obviously, was a rookie boss. He learned a lot as manager, but he wasn’t up to the task of completing the journey, and also couldn’t compensate for losing Naisy in 2011.

He was replaced by Kenny McDowall, we need say no more.

Next was Stuart McCall, probably the most experienced of the lot, at 50, but only having been Bradford and Motherwell boss. Maybe not naturally ready for Rangers at that point in our history.

Mark Warburton came next, two years as Brentford boss in the Championship before getting the big job. He was still completely new to the management game at the time, aged 50.

Graeme Murty, need we say more?

Bold Pedro was next, he lacked no experience but it was all utter sh*te, seven years of Portuguese, South American or Qatari nobodies. He was not the stuff to be a Rangers manager.

Murty again, we need say no more.

Steven Gerrard obviously was next, a rookie, at just 38, followed by a man with four years experience and a similar age at just 46 when he got the job in Gio.

And now a man in his first year of management and only 42 years of age.

In short, following Walter, Rangers have not had a single high-level high-experience boss, someone with a clear and respected CV and years in the management game.

We have had some which ticked one or two boxes – Gio, McCall, Pedro, but none which ticked them all.

And what does this mean? It means Rangers’ board has relied on ‘striking gold’ since Walter left – it’s relied on using a rookie, or a lower-league manager, and hoped they were up to the task of leading the club to success. A hidden gem.

It’s tried to replicate Walter, who himself was a rookie as a lone manager, but he was one in a million. You don’t get them every day.

Our point? We’re not taking a jab at Beale here, he could well be a hit in time. But we are concerned that Rangers’ board has been unwilling, or unable to bring in a real top managerial pro for the last 11 years.

Too expensive? Don’t want to come? We couldn’t tell you the reason.

But this is the way it is now, and that’s that, really.

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