It’s official. Ally McCoist has managed his last game for Rangers. It was inevitable, ultimately costly, & has shifted the club into a new transition phase – in the season that was meant to be their final step before a return to the Premiership.
Longtime assistant manager Kenny McDowall has been tabbed to be the caretaker manager until the end of the season. Some feel that is a formality until a permanent manger is named. Others feel that the club will be too strapped for cash to much else.
Either way, the changes at Ibrox are far from over. In the coming weeks expect a good number of players to be shipped out.
It would be a surprise if Lewis Macleod is not sold to the highest bidder (or Newcastle United – which would likely cause quite a storm of accusations of collusion) & it will be interesting to see if Lee Wallace finally decides to leave.
Arnold Peralta is already back home in Honduras & you wonder if he’s busy looking for a new employer. It will be difficult to move the likes of David Templeton & Dean Shiels given their salaries but Templeton has already been linked to a loan move to Neil Lennon’s Bolton Wanderers.
Come the end of January, there will likely be some sort of overhaul of the playing squad. Who will replace them? It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the replacements coming as loans (players this time) from Newcastle.
For now, Rangers have the chance to move forward…how pretty it’s going to be is another thing.