Rangers have won the Division Three title and can add that to their huge trophy cabinet. But is this the biggest of them all?
‘The blueprint Glasgow Rangers must follow to survive’. That was the title of my first ever article for HITC around eight months ago. In it I documented my fondness for Rangers over Celtic; possibly resulting from a love of Andrei Kanchelskis or my Evertonian wanting to get back at my many dual Liverpool-Celtic fans who like to call themselves my friend.
Either way the article highlighted how Rangers should look at what Italian side Fiorentina did when they suffered a similar demotion due to financial collapse. It caused something of a stir but overall it was meant merely as a pick me up for Rangers fans; who had to watch their club being unceremoniously and publically held out to dry for the fault of their self-involved hierarchy.
Now things have come full circle and Rangers are celebrating a new trophy to put in their mammoth cabinet; the division three title.
Sure it isn’t up there with their 54 Scottish League titles, 33 Scottish Cup and their solitary UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup but this could be one of the most important in their history.
So how much did they follow the Fiorentina model?
Well a lot to be honest. They held on to their older stars. The likes of Lee McCulloch, Neil Alexander and Lee Wallace all stayed loyal to the Ibrox side.
They also used the lure of Rangers as a historically important football club. Players such as Dean Shiels, David Templeton and Francisco Sandaza decided to make Ibrox their home.
Sure they didn’t do it the style they might have liked; a 0-0 bore draw with Montrose saw them having to wait for news from Hampden Park. Elgin won the game against Queens Park and that confirmed Rangers as champions of the third division.
So what next for Rangers?
Now planning must start for next season and wherever that may be. Like Fiorentina Rangers may benefit from a dramatic reshuffle in the Scottish league system which may see them going straight into the top division.
Regardless of what happens next season Rangers must be proud of their achievement this campaign. Against all odds they have managed to retain a consistency that has seen them crowned champions in March and that should be applauded.
Do you think Rangers are on their way back to the top?
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