The fallen Glasgow giants responded to recent troubles in emphatic form
These days, when it comes to highs and lows at Ibrox, the former are a much rarer occasion than the latter, but on Saturday at least, Rangers got back to doing what they do best – winning football matches.
Ally McCoist’s team may be enjoying a perfect start to life in Scottish League One on the pitch, but after another week of turmoil of it they would have been forgiven for feeling a little distracted.
After all, Saturday’s game marked the first since the conclusion of Ian Black’s three-game suspension. The midfielder received the ban after breaking the rules surrounding football betting, with fans discovering he was betting against Rangers in certain fixtures.
His return was one point of contention, as were the ongoing concerns about the club’s financial stability, with rumours indicating, and later confirmed by McCoist, that much of the coaching staff had opted to take pay cuts to protect the future of the team.
With the club also continuing to face a transfer embargo, which is likely to remain in place until January, the worries facing supporters are certainly plentiful.
Thank goodness then that the resulting football on Saturday provided some respite for one and all, with Black putting in a solid performance as the Gers trounced Stenhousemuir 8-0.
It was the kind of result David Moyes may well be wishing for at Manchester United, and it certainly bodes well for the season ahead, as the club continues the long journey back to the top.
On Saturday’s showing alone, Jon Daly’s form could be crucial with the 30-year-old now averaging exactly a goal a game for the Glasgow giants.
Pay cuts, transfer embargos, betting scandals and 8-0 victories – just another normal day in the Rangers office.
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