Jack Butland already gets Rangers – just like Barry said

Jack Butland already gets Rangers – just like Barry said
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 22: Jack Butland of Rangers in action during the pre-season friendly match between Rangers and SV Hamburg at Ibrox Stadium on July 22, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

A few days ago we published this piece essentially about former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson and how he presented the pressures of Rangers and the expectation level.

Well, despite being a previous outsider to all things Ibrox, new signing Jack Butland already has sussed what the demands are, and called it eye-opening.

Indeed, this was something Barry alluded to – that the ‘smart’ ones figured Rangers’ demands pretty sharpish, which clearly includes Butland, and very quickly realised drawing a match at Rangers is the end of the world.

For his part, Butland says:

“I’m looking forward to it. Every game has been exciting and I’m really enjoying being here. The fans have followed us everywhere and it’s been a sight to behold. Yeah [I am enjoying playing regularly again]. It’s what I’ve wanted to do. I want to be at the business end of football and that’s what we’re here to do – be great and win. I want to be part of a great club and that’s what it’s all about.”

‘That’s what we’re here to do – be great and win’.

This is an intelligent man sussing out sharply, just like Barry detailed recently, the expectation of what the fans and this club expects.

We cannot know yet if Butland will work out, he’s yet really to make a single notable save as a Rangers goalie, which is fine given it was preseason, but when the action starts this weekend, he already knows this team is expected to win. Every match.

Barry put it so well. These players have never known pressure like this, and they never will again – Rangers are a unique club where anything less than winning every match is literally a crisis, and while some fans are ‘new age’ and are more tolerant and ‘give them a chance ffs’, the reality is for true Rangers it’s win win win.

And nothing less.

And Butland is already clear on that. Clever boy.

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