Now that the season has ended, it might be worthwhile to look back at the players who did most to ensure Rangers won their 55th league trophy -- albeit their first in the Third Division. Of course, these are personal choices, and you may well disagree. If you do, then please leave your suggestions in the comments section at the bottom. Lee Wallace Winning the Scottish PFA's Third Division 'Player of the Year' award, was well deserved for someone who has shown a great attitude as a footballer and a Rangers man in particular.
When Rangers started life in the Third Division on Aug. 11 at Peterhead, the back four consisted of Kirk Broadfoot, Carlos Bocanegra, Dorin Goian and Lee Wallace. Less than a month later and only Lee Wallace is playing against Elgin City at Ibrox. Alongside him is Anestis Argyriou, Ross Perry and Emilson Cribari. The first lineup wasn't exactly perfect, but the later incarnation is a huge drop in class. It's therefore no wonder that this Rangers defence, and its combinations, wasn't even the best in the fourth tier of Scottish football.
"What's going on?" is the common cry from Rangers fans recently as they attempt to wrap their heads around the ongoing turmoil in the boardroom. At the turn of the year, most supporters assumed the problems within Ibrox had gone – but they were mistaken. Former chief executive Charles Green, with a little help from Craig Whyte, managed to talk himself out of a job. Commercial director (although not board member) Imran Ahmad left in mysterious circumstances after allegations he leaked information to a football forum.
Like most of this season. the result on the park for Rangers meant less than the 'event' itself. A 1-0 victory over Berwick Rangers Saturday was overshadowed by the UK’s biggest crowd of the day as 50,048 watched their team lift the Third Division trophy. When some pundits said Rangers being demoted to the bottom tier would mean fans would melt away, they were shocked when an average of 45,000 turned up for every home game. But the pundits persisted in being negative and more than a few settled on calling it 'defiance' and saying it will only a few months.
It's fitting that there will be a complete sell-out for the last game of the season against the 'wee Rangers' at Ibrox on Saturday. Even just for the symbolism of the Rangers still being alive and kicking, it would have been disappointing if the Third Division trophy was lifted in front of anything less than 50,000 fans. - Green fined by SFA Yet it's also a testament to the Light Blues fans that they can turn up in such amazing numbers for a fourth-tier football match when previous games have been so poor.
The Wizard of Oz song 'Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead' might have raced up the UK music charts for reasons other than love of the munchkins, but it is the type of lyric that could be used by Rangers fans now that league reconstruction has been shelved for next year. Well . . . probably! Even after the vote earlier in the month which failed to carry the sufficient amount of 'yes' votes, the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Football Association and Scottish Football League 1 clubs still tried to push it through.
Rangers played their last away game of the season Saturday against East Stirlingshire and managed to come away with a 4-2 victory that once again gave more questions than answers -- but at least was not boring. One of the reasons it was interesting was the shocking performance from referee Barry Cook in the first half. He allowed some terrible tackles to go unpunished, until it became so bad he couldn't help but give a straight red card. It was a pity for East Stirlingshire because they were drawing 1-1 at the time and playing well.
It's almost impossible to write something coherent about Rangers at the moment, since the club itself lacks any clear direction on or off the field. Rangers' defeat at home to Peterhead on Saturday was not expected, but also no great surprise. The problems with the team have been well-documented, and except for a brief spell around November and December, they have failed to entertain the support. - Misery on the pitch for Rangers When the fans are watching Third Division teams and suffering a hangover from the financial meltdown, there should have been an emphasis on good football to keep the fans coming back, both for this season and the next.
After all the fuss over last weekend's board meeting, it seems Charles Green has finally seen sense and resigned. His decision was later than it should have been, but given his previous determination to fight on, sooner than expected. In among the usual PR speak, the club statement pointed out that, "Whilst Mr Green strenuously denies any wrongdoing [in his links with Craig Whyte], he has recognised that this negative publicity is a distraction and is detracting from the achievements and reputation of The Club.
One of the interesting outcomes of Ross County and St Mirren voting against the league reconstruction proposals was the childish outbursts trying to link Rangers with St Mirren Chairman Stewart Gilmour's 'No' vote. The big scandal? Charles Green went to a home game for the Paisley side. - St. Mirren chairman defends 'no' vote For once it didn't start on some extreme website, but seemed to come from within some Scottish Premier League clubs. Stewart Gilmour even had to defend himself by saying, "Any club official who would suggest such a thing, we would look at it legally because it is slanderous.
With the title wrapped up, and the squad ravaged by injuries, it's pointless to complain that the 2-0 victory over Clyde at Ibrox Sunday had the feel and tempo of a pre-season friendly. The focus for the Rangers staff should be on ensuring the squad for next season is one that will win the division, and play better football. Unfortunately, much of the focus in recent weeks has been off the field and surrounds the past and present behaviour of the club's chief executive, Charles Green. On Saturday, the Rangers board met to discuss the recent allegations of his links with former owner Craig Whyte, and also his racist language towards commercial director Imran Ahmad.
Early on Thursday, the 'Rangers Supporters Trust' (RST) released a very clever statement on the two main issues surrounding the Rangers Chief Executive, Charles Green. The most important part of it said: "The board of the Rangers Supporters' Trust today calls for the future of Chief Executive Charles Green to be decided by the Board of the club and for Charles Green and Imran Ahmad to pursue legal action against Craig Whyte. Our club needs clarity over two major issues -- the future of Charles Green and the ongoing claims of Craig Whyte.