Written by – Jamie Currie
This Rangers side never fails to put a smile on the fans’ faces. The sign on the dressing room wall says: “send the fans home happy” and that is exactly what they are doing in this early part of the season, despite falling 3-1 to St Johnstone in the League Cup. That defeat was hard to take, but it was just one of those nights. It’s hard to imagine any fans being too despondent about one result.
It’s been the style of football that has got everyone waxing lyrical about this team, however, there is one obvious quality that perhaps doesn’t get enough attention and that’s the team spirit. They have a great togetherness and camaraderie, which is frightening for a team that has only been together since July. That in itself is a great testament to the mentality of the players and the work of the backroom staff that surround them.
If we harp back to Rangers sides of the past, the nine-in-a-row side had a magnificent team spirit. This is where the motto:”a team that drinks together, wins together” was coined. That team had world-class players and characters throughout the squad, but they would leave everything on the pitch for each other.
This spirit is more than evident in the team that occupies the home dressing room within Ibrox at the moment. That has been apparent throughout the season, but it has really been noticeable in the last two league fixtures at home. The players fought to the bitter end, particularly in the recent match against Queen of the South when they came from behind to win all three points.
You could see when Martyn Waghorn had his penalty saved that Nicky Law went right over to him and tried to gee him up and tell him to forget the penalty, then he did what all good strikers do: move on and score the winner. The celebrations were heartening, all of the players were buzzing with joy. Andy Halliday was beating his chest, and Nathan Oduwa, who provided the cross for the winner, was on his knees in front of the Sandy Jardine Stand screaming with joy towards the fans.
It was much more than a celebration of three points, much more than keeping any 100% record intact, that was a celebration of a team who care. But also, a team who seems to have a bond with the fans – something that you could say has been lacking at Ibrox in the recent past. This side does not have the world-class players the calibre of Paul Gascoigne or Brian Laudrup in its ranks, but it has the ability, the togetherness and a willingness not only to win for themselves but to improve both as individuals and as a collective.
They are getting the backing from the fans, say what you like about Rangers supporters, but they know a good team when they see one. One that will show as much passion as the fans do in the stands is one that will get everyone’s full support.
Ability alone doesn’t win trophies, but team spirit can. The team that Mark Warburton has built certainly has that in abundance. Frankly, it’s magnificent to see the players want it as much as the fans. It’s all about togetherness, a club and support finally moving in the same direction and having the same goal: to see Rangers be successful as possible.
Moving forward, the players and fans must continue to stick together.
United we stand, divided we fall.