written by – The Old Boy
I think it is now time to move on from the constant obsession with the board and their undoubted previous failings.
The major issue for every fan that goes to watch Rangers is to watch an entertaining, committed and challenging team on the park. As an aside I would respect John Brown’s criticism of Rangers board more if he had paid for his ticket to see the Livingston game.
I remember when the Lawrence family owned Rangers, the pelters John Lawrence, the then chairman of Rangers received in his stewardship of the club. If David Murray had not been such a successful owner of the club there would have been the same level of discussion over funding, contracts etc. However with his successful tenure there is not much criticism or examination on how he ran the club behind the scenes. Only on the sale to Craig Whyte is his motives questioned.
This was the same sentiment that kept Ally McCoist a legendary player in position for so long even though it was clear at an early stage he was lacking as a manager. Whilst he will be fondly remembered as an outstanding player there is no disguising his cluelessness as a manager and he should have been self-aware enough a couple of years ago to realise that and walk away.
I also fully understand fans wishing to put the board under scrutiny.
Along with that I would also like to have transparency over what has been happening on the training ground.
I would like fans to see on a regular basis what training the first team players are involved in from the length of time they spend at Murray Park to how long they spend on developing individual skills to the discussion of tactics.
I am sure we would have plenty of informed fans to see exactly what goes on there which is as important as to what goes on at board level. I don’t pay to watch the board play out their games I go to watch the team.
Under Ally it seems to have been a bit of a holiday camp which might explain some of the team and individual performances we have seen in the past.
My view is that Mike Ashley is the only hope we have from extinction as a football club. He has the funds to kick start Rangers into being a significant presence in Scottish football.
Is he going to do it for profit? Of course – but he will be well aware that if the product is not good on the park Rangers fans will not return to Ibrox so it is in his commercial interest to make Rangers a success. Simple as that.
We are going to need the clout he has to deal with the Celtic and Dundee United men and others within the SFA who are committed to destroying our club. It is my view that is where the real battleground is going to be fought out soon for the future of the club. If Ashley is prevented in providing funding for Rangers what is the alternative?
Dave King, who I am sure is a Rangers man through and through, has according to news reports had his business dealings re-examined by the South African revenue service. What the SFA would make of this is easy to guess after the Craig Whyte fiasco? After having let a dubious character like Whyte take control would they allow King with his tax record to become a Director? Maybe not.
The Old Boy has been a season ticket holder for nearly forty years.