The biggest problem Rangers have in this managerial search, unfortunately, is that Pep Guardiola isn’t available and Walter Smith is no longer with us.
Rangers are not going to get a marquee calibre manager of epic proportions who’s of that standing, and while all of Potter, Muscat, Jansen and Knutsen have their qualities, none of them are close to being guaranteed as a success at Ibrox.
We absolutely need a winner, of course, and a top-quality manager, but even Celtic had to luck out a bit with Rodgers, Deila and Angie – these guys, on paper, had calibre, but they were all untested in Scottish football.
And that is the element of risk Rangers have with whoever the manager ends up being – it is, sadly, not a sure thing, and even good due diligence from the board and taking their time over picking the new man doesn’t guarantee their choice to be correct.
Ibrox Noise knows this, and save for obvious rookies who we absolutely don’t need as our manager, we will back the new boss implicitly. As long as they have some decent pedigree. But it doesn’t guarantee success.
The very best managers available to Rangers are all attached to a spot of risk. While Knutsen is a winner in Norway, he’s untested anywhere else outside of his home country and could be a risk. Jansen is the same, without being a winner. Muscat has been great in Oceania but terrible at the basket case Belgian club he was at, and Potter’s days of being a winner are long ago.
Being manager of Rangers is a massively daunting task – Michael Beale was a deranged choice for manager and we hold our hands up completely at getting that one wrong, although we had our doubts pretty quickly and then the 2-2 sealed the deal.
The board, picking their own man now this time, must get it right. Because this is a huge appointment and pivotal – Rangers fans will support, but no longer tolerate bad choices making repeated errors (well, apart from the obligatory ‘give him a chance ffs’ brigade).
This choice is massive, and the most important managerial decision for years.
No more rookies, and the lack of guarantee that any of the four men in current line for the role are absolutely the right choice.
It won’t be easy.