Do Rangers finally have a ‘real’ manager again?

Do Rangers finally have a ‘real’ manager again?
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 17: Philippe Clement poses for a photo as the new Rangers manager at Ibrox Stadium on October 17, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Things are looking brighter at Rangers all of a sudden. We have potentially our first real manager since Walter Smith, and in two days he already seems to have turned a ragamuffin bunch into a team.

Naturally there is a long way to go, and this season is (probably) already done, but it’s nice to have some hope again at Rangers.

But we have to absolutely cry at the litany of horrific managers this club has employed since Walter left, and to think of just how badly our conveyer belt of rookies or subpar bosses spewed rubbish at the fans left right and centre.

Aside Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who was a touch of class, not a single manager appointed since 2011 was even close to Rangers standard.

Rangers supporters got so used to rookie bosses like Mark Warburton and Michael Beale, Steven Gerrard and Ally McCoist back in the day, that the standards dropped.

They just plummeted.

A generation of fans grew up trying to justify the Magic Hat, or defend the monstrosity of Pedro, that they didn’t know any better.

Older fans? Memories became short, and some of them genuinely tried to justify Caixinha as a good manager.

Of course, even before 2012 we had some bad managers – Paul Le Guen will live long in the memory, sadly. So this isn’t consigned to post-admin.

But the turnover of absolutely horrific managers in the past 11 years is diabolical, and Philippe Clement’s presence only reminds us of the same situation in goals some years back.

Wes Foderingham, at the time a very average goalkeeper, and defended to the hilt by many fans, was forgotten instantly when a real Rangers stopper in the form of Allan McGregor showed up.

But until McGregor, many fans would have kept Wes between the sticks do or die.

It’s the same here – with Clement in the dugout, things feel a lot safer and a lot more ‘Rangersy’ because we actually have a Rangers-standard manager in there for the first time in a generation.

Until him, fans would justify and defend the dross in the dugout come hell or high water.

And that is what fans do, they support, so we’re not going to slaughter it entirely.

But it is so much nicer to finally, after 11 years, to actually have a manager in the dugout.

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