Glasgow Rangers should be given huge credit for their title triumph

A 3-0 win over Airdrie at Ibrox on Wednesday secured the Scottish League One title for Rangers.

The Scottish giants will play in the Championship next year, just one more promotion away from securing a return to the Scottish Premier League so they can once again face their Auld Enemy.

It's been a far from easy ride for All McCoist and his player since being demoted to the bottom tier of Scottish football. Whilst it is not a surprise they have gained back-to-back promotions, they should still be given a tremendous amount of credit for being able to focus on matters on the pitch and not get distracted by all the other worries surrounding the club's future.

For McCoist's first foray into management he could hardly have stepped into a harder job. His has twice had to reduce his salary with the club due to uncertainties over finances and has had to see an abundance of players leave the club. He has put his faith in the youth as well as acquiring plenty of Scottish players more than capable of playing in the top flight.

What is even more remarkable is the manner in which they have won the title. From their 28 league games they have only failed to win two. 26 wins and two draws have seen them secure the title with eight games to spare. The club will want to ensure they finish the season unbeaten and there is still the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay with Albion Rovers to deal with. Dundee United await in the semi-finals, and right now you wouldn't bet against Rangers reaching the final.

Over 40,000 fans watched Rangers clinch the title on Wednesday and it is thanks to these fans that Rangers have still remained a formidable force. The fans could easily have stayed away not wanting to watch lower league football. Ibrox could have been deserted for many games, but the fans have carried on coming, making Ibrox a fortress and Rangers a force. 

Lee McCulloch scored all three goals in the game despite playing at centre-back. Two were from the penalty spot but still that's not bad going for a defender. Capable of playing in numerous roles however, the 35-year-old captain has been the standout performer all season. He had played in the Champions League with them and would have been able to move elsewhere and perform in a higher league but he's stuck with the club.

David Weir another man to have played at centre-back for Rangers has said they will not receive the credit they deserve. Speaking to BBC he said  "There are no easy leagues to win. Even winning the leagues they're in now takes a bit of doing. Perhaps Rangers haven't had the credit they deserve for that."

"Lee McCulloch was there playing in the Champions League games, then all of a sudden, he's playing in the bottom tier of the Scottish League. So, it seemed like a long way back for a lot of players and Lee was one who stuck there. Now he can see light at the end of the tunnel. That's great for him and the club."

Lee McCulloch and Ally McCoist will once again be central next season to Rangers' hopes of making it three consecutive promotions. I'm sure Celtic fans will be hoping it takes just one more year before their rivals are back amongst the elite so they can relish the Old Firm derbies once again.

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