Things are new at Rangers just now with new men taking up the reins as our club’s custodians and nine in a row legend Stuart McCall being appointed interim manager.
The great news is that the fight to control the boardroom and who wins the task of rebuilding the club is won and the victors just happen to be Rangers men with the business acumen to appropriately apply the correct levels of corporate governance and distinction the posts of directors hold.
The last few years have been horrible as the club was being destroyed on the inside. Here’s the thing though, the club has one helluva journey back to its rightful place at the top. Two key aspects of Rangers being kings of Scotland again are 1. The board making strong, measured decisions based on long term objectives and 2. The fans, not for the first time backing the club vocally and financially. Yes, King will invest millions alongside other high net worth Bears, but the long term revenue will come from us, the fans.
Trying to write match previews over the past while has been a bit of a minefield as we try to cram in our feelings on off field issues while the football became a sideshow. This is no different to when we try and figure out if Stuart McCall can motivate a team of badly underperforming players.
Anyone who witnessed Stuart McCall play will fondly remember the 100% he gave in every game. I’d love to see his tackle stats as he was forever sliding into tackles, breaking up play and then starting off moves. Don’t let his work rate fool you into thinking Stuart was the useful engine doing all the hard graft for the players of finesse to shine….Stuart could play too. He had great touch and vision.
I once asked a timothy friend (we all know one or two) what player he dreaded seeing on the team sheet when it was Old Firm time. His answer was Stuart McCall. Above Gazza, Laudrup, McCoist or Hateley, McCall was picked. Quite a statement and a true reflection of the man’s ability and application.
If, and sadly it is a big if, McCall can muster 50% of his personal drive out of the current crop of players, then promotion via the play offs should come off. Above all the team has lacked any sense of drive to prove themselves as players.
I’m hoping McCall opts for youth for Livingston’s visit. Boyd and Miller, for all they've done in their previous terms, have failed to live up to their reputation. Ian Black’s conduct, never mind his lack of ability, should see that he never wears the ‘royal blue’ again.
Even if McCall can motivate the team, the defence is still a massive concern. Dropping Jig would signal intentions of players being picked on merit as opposed to experience or salary. Then again, and I admit I am slightly out of touch with the squad options, who replaces the defence.
McGregor is there on merit for me and perhaps we have a young, hungry player waiting on his chance to shine. I prefer hungry youths over the fear and inept performers hiding on the park.
Nicky Law has failed to deliver what he done for McCall at ‘Well. On Saturday he will have his old manager, a bumper crowd with renewed (albeit cautious) optimism, looking to encourage him into creating the chances for Clark.
Much is being made of the players who are out of contract at the end of the season. If they have any ambition or self-respect then they should be busting a gut to prove to themselves and the support that they’re not wasters preventing youth from progressing.
The players have an opportunity to recover their season by simply being professional. Throw in some passion and we could have an enjoyable Saturday. I think we all deserve that!