written by – John McIntosh
As I am writing this I am raging at what I have just watched, Rangers have just been outplayed & outclassed by an average Queen of the South team who work very hard for each other. Does Rangers work hard for each other? Is there a team spirit that other Rangers teams have been famous for?
Ally McCoist is not good enough to be Rangers manager, anyone who disagrees with this is delusional. I love Ally for what he has done for us in helping keep this club together, fighting to save our trophies & dealing with the worst conditions any Rangers manager has had to deal with in our 142 year history.
However the poor results are piling up & let’s not beat about the bush – these have been disgraceful performances.
How many times in the past three years have you come away from a game entertained? For me I’d count it on one hand – it just hasn’t been good enough and I’m sure Ally knows this.
When Rangers went down to the fourth tier, two years ago, many fans were talking about the journey & that winning the Third Division would be stage one complete. Results weren’t everything for me, personally I envisaged a whole new philosophy could be created. We could learn from our past mistakes of buy, buy, buy! Sadly this has been anything but the case.
I wanted us to use Murray Park to it’s fullest to nurture & develop our most talented prospects. We could have set up a team of scouts looking at bringing in talented young players with potential to develop into stars.
I am not saying use a team of teenagers, but six to seven youngsters with four or five more experienced heads is all some of the fans were asking for. Instead we signed absolute garbage, unknown players were plucked from around the world whilst we also signed experienced pros from the SPL on very good wages with added money added on for taking the drop.
Ally’s whole philosophy has been buy, buy, & then to improve buy more whilst not trusting youngsters, which has been everything we didn’t need. McCoist missed out on Andrew Robertson while he bombed up & down that left wing for Queens Park four times that season. How on earth this happened is mind blowing.
Instead, Steven Smith was brought in. McCoist persisted on with the completely wrong path. A successful club at Rangers level needs to be able to develop their own youngsters & bring them into our first team while scouting young players from other clubs at reasonable prices. It was just so obvious to everyone, except to those who mattered the most – Ally McCoist & his management team.
Charlie Telfer left this summer to join Dundee United due to a lack of first team opportunities available for him at Ibrox & he has now enjoyed six first team appearances – picking up the Scottish Premiership Young Player of the Month award. With Rangers he wasn’t good enough to play against part timers, even after the league was already won.
Telfer’s exit was compounded by the pathetic contract renewals of Steve Simonsen & Kyle Hutton. I really feel for the lad, he could have shone for Rangers in a dynamic 4-3-3.
Rangers actually have a lot of very talented youngsters in the U20 side – most of whom are out on loan. I have also heard they are very unhappy with how things are progressing – with many instructing their agent to find them a new club. This is heartbreaking as some of them would instantly improve our side.
Coming to the big news of the day Ally McCoist has offered his resignation. It remains to be seen if this will be accepted by the board, due to the compensation he would be due. However if you ever needed a result & performance to show how far away the club is from where they should be – this was it. There was no passion, no cohesion, a lack of a tactical plan, just punt the ball & hope, comical defending, players out of position &a lack of youngsters given a chance. That was Rangers Football Club on Friday night.
Some fans think that automatic promotions are all that Rangers should be looking at. On the other hand, I expect far more…I want to be entertained. I want to see youngsters coming through, winning cups along with the titles. Not winning the Ramsden Cup in three attempts is hilariously awful.
Most importantly, Rangers should have been building a team that could compete for a title challenge in our first year back. Instead we could be 12 points behind leaders Hearts in December.
Where do we go from here? My personal choice would be to of course accept McCoist’s resignation with immediate effect and invite applicants to go through a vetting process.
My managerial targets would be Ian Cathro, Karl Robinson, Uwe Rosler, Eddie Howe & Arthur Numan. Cathro is my favourite choice albeit an out of the box candidate.
My preference is that the next person who comes in will be coming in as a head coach with a Director of Football above him in charge of restructuring everything about the club but leaving tactics & team selection to the head coach. This structure has been proven to work very well.
Ian Cathro is 29 years old, Scottish & an assistant coach at Valencia. Not bad for a guy who just eight years ago was coaching kids in Dundee eh.
He also has stated a strong desire to manage & has described his current role as an apprenticeship while he looks to graduate with A grades.
When asked by Richard Winton of BBC Sport whether would he leave trips to the Bernabeu & the Nou Camp for British football in a manager role he replied, “Yes, no doubt, the two things I will need are a full pre-season to get my ideas across & to be somewhere where English is the first language.”
“I can express myself confidently in Portuguese & I’m getting better with Spanish, but if I’m going to be in charge, I need to be able to communicate properly.”
Cathro is obviously a massive fan of youth development & is regarded as the brightest young Scottish coach for a generation, for me he is the standout candidate & Rangers would do well to also hire a vastly experience Director of Football to mentor the young coach. Mark Wotte has been the most prominent name linked to this role.
Sadly, I do not expect Rangers to look to these type of candidates or change their approach by hiring a talented Director of Football but this is clearly the route we need to go down, our footballing philosophy must change now.