Rangers have today officially ended the former feud with ex-captain and club legend Lee Wallace in a wonderful move from new CEO James Bisgrove in yet another example of how much better Rangers as a business are being run by the new boss with the new board.
Wallace, of course, was cast out years ago following an infamous feud at Hampden between he, then-manager Graeme Murty and teammate Kenny Miller.
The way the ever-popular left back and then-captain was ditched was ruthless, poor, and extremely unfair and only a touch of class from former manager Steven Gerrard even allowed Wallace to gain a send-off for the fans.
But this morning’s tweet from the official club… do we still call it ‘Twitter’ account, offered a warm birthday wish to Wallace on the day of his 36th and it gained a lot of support and popularity from fans keen to see a well-loved son of Ibrox honoured in this way.
Would this have happened with former Managing Director Stewart Robertson, ex-chairman Dave King or the past incumbent Douglas Park? Not a chance. That regime was abysmal, petty, and unfit for purpose, whatever hero-worship Dave King still attracts.
But Robertson’s replacement Bisgrove, albeit in the name of CEO, and of course new chairman John Bennett, sanctioned this instead, to show a quick learning of how Rangers used to be out of touch with the fans, and now are very much making up for lost time on that one.
The entire regime under Bisgrove are running this as a business, as a football club, and for the fans, and seem to have learned very quickly what the supporters want and expect.
They even found close to £20M for Michael Beale to spend this summer, which is remarkable.
But it’s that gesture to Wallace fans especially appreciate.
Classy touch, and well done.