Warburton Sensible Choice For Rangers


The internet is awash with heavy speculation that Rangers are going to announce Mark Warburton as their new manager tomorrow afternoon. 

This appointment finally represents a step in the right direction from Rangers.

The club had to hold yet another meeting with their shareholders on Friday to discuss the Mike Ashley/Sports Direct £5m loan and whether or not that loan should be paid back.

It is that sort of off-field distraction that has made a mockery of the Ibrox boardroom for the past few years.

Only last week recently installed Gers chairman Dave King outlined his vision for the club and called for the Ibrox faithful to back his cause by committing their cash in season tickets for next season.

At that time King had really done little of note as Gers supremo and certain Gers fans have questioned his ability to lead the club back to brighter future.

But by bringing in a well regarded coach like Warburton along with his assistant and former Gers defender David Weir, shows that this board do harbour ambitions of implementing a long term strategy that really could improve the teams fortunes.

The fifty two year old has a history of valuing the youth members of his squad. Rangers certainly need to get more from their training base and academy and Mark could be the coach that finally gives youth a chance at Ibrox.

The new management team will also have a better network of contacts from the lower leagues in England as well as some of the youth sides from the better teams in the continent.

Warburton’s previous comments about the role at Rangers have always been positive. The Englishman has also been at pains to stress that he would view it as a long term job, not a short term fix:

“Any job that myself and Davie Weir would look at would be about going in, having a project and being able to add value,”

Obviously it would have been better had King and his board secured the new manager before now but Mark will already have a list of potential new recruits that he’ll believe can only improve Rangers as they gear up for a tilt at next years Championship title.

I also believe that being a non-Rangers man, gives Warburton an advantage. He can come in and do his own thing and demand more from his troops and not get bogged down by the clubs history. It will also mean that the new recruiting policy will involve players that haven’t had previous spells at the club that are now back looking for an easy pay cheque.

This move will be seen as a real coup by sections of the Rangers support.

It would have been easy for Dave King to keep hold of Stuart McCall and allow him a full season in charge. But Rangers needed a big change this summer.

Eyes will now be on Mark Warburton and see if he can turn things around in Govan.

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