Football clubs are news factories & very few clubs generate a constant flow of drama like Rangers. We have done our best to cover it all & have managed to break a story or two of our own.
It was a an exciting year for Rangers Report as we seemed to add new readers on a daily basis. The writing team has grown & hopefully you have enjoyed the variety of perspectives the site is providing. A podcast came & went, while your humble lead writer/editor finally got to see Rangers play in person for the first time ever when the club came to Sacramento. I got a front row seat, on the pitch, as a member of the media & was able to interview a couple of players, along with a childhood hero.
While the less then emphatic undefeated season of 2013-14 is a distant memory, recent disfunction at the club has dominated the news cycle & much of the traffic on our site.
I’d like to thank all of you for reading…
Here are the twenty most popular posts of 2014…
The departure of Lewis Macleod is addressed a few weeks before it became a reality & I had my Jerry Maguire moment in which a plan to revolutionize Rangers was laid out. It included either Scot Gemmill or Ian Cathro taking over eventually as managers & a whole new way of embracing youth development was discussed. Lala land — I know.
Oh my, the trolls were out on this one as John McIntosh offered his rebuttal to Stephen Thompson that Rangers only had two years of a history. The alerts on my phone were obnoxious as Celtic & Dundee United supporters obsessively commented on the story.
Very little drives traffic like a good transfer rumour printed in a foreign tabloid…even the most far-fetched ones will always create curiosity.
“No, it’s because you’re shite” was the most common reply…but so is half the team. Why Peralta got singled out by management while others tortured fans with uninspired, tepid play is a bit perplexing.
When Rangers lost to Hearts to begin the 2014-15 campaign, the speculation was instant & ultimately reactionary that Ally McCoist was on the verge of losing his job. There would still be a few more months of similar rumours & ranting before McCoist finally called it quits to work on his gardening.
BMC Rangers Rants made his Rangers Report debut with a pointed forecast of the mess that the upcoming season would become. Let’s just say poor performances against the likes of Buckie Thistle & Ventura County Fusion kind of tipped off those who were paying attention that Rangers were not going to run away with the Scottish Championship.
Rangers supporters were clamoring for the club to sign Scott Allan & simultaneously Allan wanted to sign with the team he idolized growing up. Ally McCoist wanted Don Cowie. The rest is history.
An overzealous writer for Livingston’s matchday programme forgot to leave the snark at the door & it cost him his gig with the club.
The power of a vague, yet tantalizing headline works every time. Chris Burke was never going to sign with Rangers, he eventually joined Nottingham Forest, but it was summer & McCoist was lusting after former ‘Gers – so a story was born.
Enough was enough…Ally had to go. What had become even more frustrating was watching a club like Hearts lay out a plan to rebuild the team on the go & implement the plan so effectively. Meanwhile, Kenny Miller & Kris Boyd ended up being McCoist’s ‘plan’.
I’m going to bust out some American English here — “He sucked then & he sucks now.” Another fantastic move by Ally. The accusations of a hangover causing a particularly poor performance with Leeds had to be my favorite part of this post.
John McIntosh kicked off the season with another plea to Ally to leave.
Telfer’s exit may be remembered as nexus of an exodus of young players leaving Ibrox in search of an opportunity to kickstart their careers. A real shame this one.
Ooooh, I wonder who spurred us this time…
Not a fun story to report on…
It probably meant something different in August then it will in January.
Easily the best former Rangers Twitter-er out there.
You know what, I’d take Gordon Durie over Kenny McDowall every day of the week, especially in a caretaker role. Cameron Scrimgeour outlines why Durie really wouldn’t be that bad of a choice for Rangers.
John McIntosh throws Ian Cathro’s name into the ring & I dare you to find fault with the idea. Also, it was this piece that spurred my own post that came in at #1.
He was there for the taking & as one Rangers Report reader commented – Allan “would walk through broken glass to join the club he loves.” But, Kyle Hutton was re-signed instead in a decision that encapsulates the mess that was Rangers 2014.
Let’s hope for a more positive theme to our top stories of 2015