Rangers fans have been reacting to the departure of Kenny McDowall and the arrival of Stuart McCall as their new manager this afternoon.
Although his time in charge didn’t bring about the best results, McDowall was working in extremely difficult circumstances while the club went through different periods of transition.
McDowall has been at the club since 2007, working as a first team coach under Walter Smith and then as assistant manager to Ally McCoist. During that time he played his part in league titles from the top-flight and lower leagues as well as the Scottish Cup and League Cup triumphs along with UEFA Cup run which saw Rangers reach the final in 2008.
In a statement on the Rangers club website, McDowall expressed his gratitude for his time at Rangers and wished the new management all the best as they aim for a third successive promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.
“It was an honour and privilege to work for Rangers Football Club and I will leave with so many positive memories,” said McDowall.
“I have worked with so many talented people since I joined and I will forever be in Walter Smith’s debt for bringing me to Rangers.
“Working with Walter, Ally McCoist, Ian Durrant, Jim Stewart and all the backroom staff plus the staff at Ibrox and Murray Park was a pleasure and I wish the Club well for the future.
“I was delighted to play a part in the Club’s history and I wish the supporters and new management team all the very best.”
The pair have already gained a reaction from Rangers fans on Twitter who are keen to express their gratitude to McDowall for working at the club during the bad times and to the incoming McCall, who they will hope can turn their side around and guide them back to the Scottish Premiership at the first time of asking.
@RangersFC cheers for your time Kenny. Always be remembered that you stayed through the bad times.— Rangers 1st#BeThe5th (@TonySharkie) March 12, 2015
Welcome home Stuart McCall
Think Stuart McCall is a good appointment. The players need a huge kick up the arse! The club is slowly getting on the right path! #Rangers— John (@johnnyrae1) March 12, 2015
All the best to Kenny McDowall, part of coaching team who won 3 League Titles,3 League Cups,2 Scot Cups & UEFA Final. pic.twitter.com/O6VBDmwKUr— RangersHistory (@RangersFACTS) March 12, 2015
Welcome home Stuart McCall, lets get back to business #Rangers— Dougie Gillies (@dougiegill) March 12, 2015
Glad to see Stuart McCall back in the management game. Hard working and passionate. Difficult task at Rangers between now and end of season.— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) March 11, 2015
Delighted for Stuart McCall. Really hope he's a success at Rangers. Top guy and a real gentleman.— Gerry McCulloch (@gerrymcculloch1) March 12, 2015
There's only one Stuart McCall, he's the man that got the call. He's got dodgy hair, but we don't care. Living in a #Rangers wonderland— Davie Waistcoat (@daviewaistcoat) March 11, 2015
All the best to Kenny McDowall for the future.— The Wanderer (@funatthetop) March 12, 2015