The country has to try and move on, which, going by the way the vote went will be no easy task. I’ve been surprised and dismayed by some of the conclusions of this referendum, Glasgow voting Yes being the biggest letdown and eye opener.
Why did Glasgow vote Yes? How did it reach that stage where a majority of its citizens decided to destroy The Union? Well, one of the conclusions must be that a serious number of Rangers supporters voted for it. How times have change! I’ve lost count of the number of Rangers fans I’ve spoken to that did so. Each to their own I suppose but I’ll never understand the terrible negligence if truth be known.
But if a week is a long time in politics, it’s an eternity in football, especially if you discuss Rangers Football Club. Last week we destroyed Raith Rovers then went on to beat Inverness Caley Thistle in the cup, another well deserved result which had me crowing in the comments pages of this blog.
I actually said that if Ally keeps this up he won’t get any complaints from me on the football front. Then yesterday happened. In a week where we’ve had share issues, talks of boycotts, cup tie wins against top league opposition and also quite possibly the most complete performance from an Ally McCoist Rangers team, we go and blow it by turning up and failing to beat Alloa Athletic.
We had our manager saying he couldn’t put his finger on why we were so flat, complaining of time wasting, the artificial surface and a number of other things we don’t want to hear. Then our club captain comes out and says all the same things but adds “a lesson learnt and it’ll no happen again.” Well, how many times do we have to hear the same tired old excuses? How many times have we to just accept it was an off day “for the boys”? Same old shit, different day if you ask me.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t at the game so can’t overly comment on the ineptitude of the team’s performance yesterday, other than from what I’ve heard from friends who were at the Recreation Ground and from listening to radio and journalists , also on Rangers forums. But from what I’ve heard it’s just the same garbage we’ve had to endure for coming on four years now. How long is a managers shelf life at a major football club these days?
Tactics were non existent, resorting to type and pumping high balls all day long and there was the now customary inability to hold onto the ball as well as the usual scraping about trying to pick up scraps. It’s a sad indictment of Ally McCoist’s Rangers that you can tell early doors if we are going to get a result or not – and the problem is that we all know performances and results like this are always just round the corner.
This season it’s absolutely imperative that we get promotion – no if buts maybes or excuses. If we don’t reach the Premiership at the first time of asking then the implications don’t bear thinking about. Results like yesterday’s at Alloa don’t help, particularly when it appears that Hearts have hit the ground running and are on fire. They are four points ahead of us already. Hibs at Ibrox next Monday is shaping up as a huge must win game already, this early in the season.
We have to go on a run of wins just to keep up with the early pacesetters; worryingly, there’s not many of us see Rangers as capable of doing so. We are far too inconsistent and always have been under the current management team.
Ally and his coaching staff have been at the club for seven years. I can’t think of too many clubs that keep the coaching staff for that length of time. Even Sir Alex changed his staff on a regular basis.
We look stale all too often. There is a reason for that. With the size of our squad we should be able to change or rotate when players are not performing but it appears that the manager has his favourites who he will play week in week out,regardless of how they perform.
Then there is the embarrassing situation where our CEO had to address the players and staff to assure everyone that their wages would be paid on time. We are still meandering along week to week, both at board level and on the park, an inconsistent giant with no plan or purpose. The lack of leadership at Ibrox is staring us all in the face and needs sorted once and for all.
The crowd at Ibrox for the cup tie against Inverness CT has got to be a major concern to all of us, from the current owners, their board, the manager himself and each and every one of us in the Rangers universe. The financial implications of this boycott has far reaching ramifications. The possibility of another administration fills me with dread. Not so some other Rangers supporters, it would seem.
That’s another thing I can’t get my head round. On top of some voting Yes on Thursday (which they are perfectly entitled to do of course) and others that are advocating this boycott of their own club, I can’t help but look back to when I started going to Ibrox as a kid in the mid to late seventies.
At the present time we couldn’t be further away from the days of the late great Jock Wallace. Now there was a leader of men, the proudest of all Rangers. I wonder what he’d make of our current predicament. What would Willie Waddell and Jock Wallace make of our football club these days – its supposed leaders and even its own supporters?
We’re a shadow of what we used to be, a sleeping giant that some of our ain folk don’t want woken from our slumber. But this is no golden slumber – this is apathy and denial of our traditions. In effect, Rangers has changed. The old lady has supporters that don’t want to support her and give our traditions a nonchalant glance when they should be defying her detractors.
We are different now and many of those differences are to our detriment. I’d expect that Wallace would’ve kicked certain fan groups up and down Edmiston Drive till they saw sense. That might not have been perceived by some as the right way to go about dealing with a threat to our club but you know what? It would’ve been The Rangers Way!
It’s up to our CEO, our shareholders, our manager and ourselves to sort out our own mess and to get us back to where we belong – at our rightful place at the pinnacle of the Scottish game. The opportunities are limitless; there’s nothing to stop us, but a timely reminder of who we are and what we stand for is required. In other words, we need leadership.
It’s up to the board of directors to sort out the financial crisis It’s up to the shareholders to help them and if they can’t then it’s best for all concerned that they move on because we are losing sight of who we are. It has to stop – and now.
We were/are supposed to be the quintessential British Club. Times change and people move with those times. Our demographic is different from when I was a young lad but even then Rangers skimpimg by from week to week was wholly unacceptable … along with being lucky to scrape a draw with Alloa Athletic and hearing excuse after excuse as to why it happened.
Rangers fans voting against The Union and being made to accept a team that can’t beat Alloa ?Not in my day but maybe I’m just a dinosaur who’s living in the past. However, I’m sure I can recall outrage at certain results only a few years ago so why do we accept them now?
The simple answer to that is that we don’t have to accept it – we are Rangers and it should be demanded from each and every employee of our great club that 100% is given, at all times.
The stories I’m hearing about certain people barely doing enough to earn their salary sickens me. The board has to find a way to get those thousands upon thousands of people who are fed up with the running of the club back into Ibrox. Our very future depends on it. If they can’t then they and the largest shareholders should move on and quickly. Sitting and arguing with each other or not talking isn’t the answer.
Can you imagine great leaders of our club such as the great John Lawrence hanging about and doing nothing? Or Bill Struth? Not a chance in hell! It’s time for all parties concerned to bang heads together for a solution to our problems; doing nothing or waiting for another insolvency isn’t the answer. We are broken and we need fixed.
The people of Scotland have spoken – we stay an integral part of The United Kingdom. A Great Britain without Rangers in it would just be Britain to me and there’s a very real danger of it happening if we don’t get every single character who’s been involved in this charade to come clean and lay their cards on the table . OUR Club’s very being depends not it, for as I see it the status quo shouldn’t remain. It simply can’t …
Rangers must move on and realise the destiny awaiting the club.
A bit like the Union itself…