Blogs & Opinion


Andy Walker says Rangers' Third Division title won't paper over the huge cracks

Andy Walker - Andy Walker Posted 29th April 2013 view comments

The Gers have failed to impress in their cruise to the Third Division crown and their disastrous off-pitch situation is showing no signs of resolving.

Normally, at the end of a title-winning season, supporters are able to reflect on a campaign of great results, consistently impressive performances from their team and to naturally get excited at the challenges that lie ahead.

Ally McCoist's Rangers remain in dire straits

Ally McCoist's Rangers remain in dire straits

But for everyone connected with Rangers, a cloud of uncertainty continues to surround their club on and off the park.

At Ibrox this Saturday - live on Sky Sports - Ally McCoist's men will be presented with the Irn Bru Scottish Third Division trophy after they play host to Berwick Rangers.

Despite winning the league at a canter, it's fair to say the majority of fans have been unhappy with the level of performance on a consistent basis and off-the-park issues remain the biggest concern.

Investigations

An independent investigation is under way primarily to establish if disgraced former owner Craig Whyte is still involved with the club. Charles Green has also recently informed the Rangers board that he was stepping down from his role as chief executive.

Despite winning the league at a canter, it's fair to say the majority of fans have been unhappy with the level of performance on a consistent basis.

Andy Walker
Quotes of the week

After being accused of using racist and offensive language, the suspicion is that Whyte and Green were working together to secure Rangers' future without informing either the supporters or the SFA. These are desperate times for Rangers.

Ally McCoist has had to deal with his chief scout Neil Murray leaving the club; experienced striker Francisco Sandaza effectively being sacked and physio Pip Yeates also being asked to leave.

Players who were brought in to help Rangers seriously compete in domestic Cup competitions have clearly under-performed.

Ian Black, Dean Shiels, Sandaza and David Templeton have been unable to show that they are a class apart and far from watching an SPL side play against Third Division part-timers, some fans have described Rangers being outplayed far too often over the course of the season.

Mistakes

Most supporters are in shock at the lack of leadership at their club and wonder how they can see a way of returning to former glories.

Parading the trophy at the end of the Berwick Rangers game is the first step on a long road to achieving their ultimate aim of not only getting back into Scotland's top flight but also trying to compete with Celtic.

While Neil Lennon and his men have risen to the challenge of rubbing shoulders with Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow and Juventus this season in Europe's premier club competition, Rangers have been on the road to Peterhead, Elgin, Annan and Montrose.

Financially, they are worlds apart despite Rangers claiming to be debt free and cash rich after liquidation and a flotation on the AIM market.

The simple truth is that no one can say with any degree of certainty who owns what inside Rangers and more importantly who controls spending or governance of any money coming into the club.

Until those issues are resolved once and for all, Rangers will always be hamstrung in their effort to return to competing with Celtic for the SPL title.

back to top

Other Football Experts:

Latest Posts in Football:

Martin Tyler

Tyler's Xmas stats

Martin Tyler brings you the most interesting Christmas Day and Boxing Day facts from over the years....

Latest News RSS feeds

Ten questions for Boxing Day

Where will Wayne Rooney play for Man Utd against Newcastle? We look at the talking points on the Premier League agenda.

Merson's predictions

Paul Merson expects Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool to seal Boxing Day victories.

Christmas Day on Sky Sports

The sport doesn't stop on Christmas Day with Sky Sports - we have a selection of unmissable shows for you to watch.

Torres set for Atletico return

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is understood to be set for a return to Atletico Madrid, according to Sky sources.

United tipped for top three

Rio Ferdinand is convinced his old side Manchester United will finish the season in the Premier League’s top three.

Features

Happy Hammers: Five reasons for West Ham's good form

Happy Hammers: Five reasons for West Ham's good form

Adam Bate looks at five reasons for West Ham’s impressive upturn in form so far this season...

Festive tests

Festive tests

While titles can't be won or lost at Christmas, the festive schedule is a key spell in the Premier League calendar with plenty of points up for grabs.

Sky Sports Fantasy Football: Our scout looks at which players you should consider signing for Boxing Day

Sky Sports Fantasy Football: Our scout looks at which players you should consider signing for Boxing Day

The crucial festive period is upon us and, with games coming thick and fast, here are five in-form players to consider for your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team.