Managing Rangers is NOT like riding a bike… just ask Ferrari

Managing Rangers is NOT like riding a bike… just ask Ferrari
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Beale, Manager of Rangers, looks on prior to the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 03, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

You’ve just learned to ride a bike. You’re fairly good at it. Ferrari’s board gets in touch and ask you to test drive their new Testarossa.

You bluster over the phone call, and in person, telling them you’re the right man to check this megabeast out.

You can barely control the thing, swerving back and forth, just about keeping it on the road, and then after 10 minutes you crash completely. There are some good components still alive in there but the car as a whole needs a LOT of TLC.

Ferrari’s new board wonder why the old board hired you, and fire you on the spot for incompetence.

When we break it down, this is exactly what Ross Wilson, Stewart Robertson and Douglas Park did last year, and what James Bisgrove and John Bennett have had to do this year.

It literally staggers belief that Rangers gave the keys to our Ferrari to a man who was basically able to ride a bike at a simple level and was in no way qualified to drive such a power-hungry beast with huge skill required.

Yes, Ibrox Noise misjudged too – we took his QPR performance at face value and forgot the massive gulf in pressure between Loftus Road and Ibrox, and that’s our own error.

But the old board’s error was the bigger one, giving him a four-year deal to break Rangers.

Of course, we have a genuine manager in the dugout now, and things do look brighter, but that Rangers gave the freedom of Ibrox and our wallet to a man who had absolutely no CV to do the job is absolutely incredible.

Hindsight is 20/20 – we know this, it’s easy to look back and say ‘what the hell’ and act superior claiming perfection and ‘I wouldn’t have done that’.

But that’s the board’s job – to forensically scrutinise, to analyse, and to check out who is truly the best for the job.

And Michael Beale was a truly abysmal choice who in many ways cost all three board members their positions at Ibrox.

We definitely have better men in place now, ones who won’t try to bring in Beale and Pedro again.

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