written by Rangers Report’s newest contributor – John McIntosh
A lot of fans have grown tired of the type of long ball up to Jon Daly, no creativity and generally boring tedious football that is currently being served up by manager Ally McCoist and the momentum recently has been turning in the sense more and more fans do not see him as a good manager as there are just no signs of improvement and progression in this Rangers side.
If we played good attractive football with a few games a season just scraping wins whilst not playing well I’m sure fans could accept that but it is the fact that we are consistently playing very poorly, there has been little if no progress since our demotion to the fourth tier of Scottish football and a lot of fans have simply had enough with his tenure you can hear the disgust with performances week after week by being in the stands – fans are just not happy.
Moving onto how I want to see us play get a 4-4-2 going with two skillful wingers who are instructed to attack the opposition full backs – this does not mean Stevie Smith whose idea of a winger is to get back on halfway line and launch a long ball to Daly.
Get the ball on the deck and play short quick passing – pass and move so many of our players are rooted to the spot there needs to be far more movement so that the player with the ball has many options currently we have no urgency and our tempo needs picked up.
Playing players in their actual natural position would be an amazing idea maybe we should try it eh? In the loss to Raith Rovers in the Ramsdens Cup final Lee Wallace went off injured at a time when we needed creativity, a spark to bring the game to life so the obvious idea would be bring on Callum Gallagher and move Stevie Smith back to his natural left back position but no we end up with a right back at left back, a centre back at right back and a left back at left wing.
Ally’s record of signing players is abysmal & his record of bringing through talented youth players is very poor. If you consider the level we are currently playing at, when he does bring them through very few develop very well. That has to go down to the coaching. Some of our brightest young prospects,like Barrie McKay & Kyle McAusland, are out on loan while they could easily be in our first team.
Moving onto potential managerial targets I would be looking at Uwe Rosler of Wigan Athletic, Sean Dyche of Burnley and Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes. They are all doing very good jobs with the resources that they are given. They try and get the ball down and play football and they are reaping the rewards right now, they also wouldn’t demand megabucks to come.
Last words for me — Ally you have been a great servant to the club but you are now damaging the progress of our club and if we are to build and match Celtic in the next few years then do the right thing and walk away – I certainly wouldn’t mind Ally in a different capacity but not as manager.