Ex-Rangers star suggests benefit of staying in Championship

Barry Ferguson has suggested a benefit for Rangers if they do not win promotion this season.

Former Gers captain Ferguson has told the Daily Record that staying in the Scottish Championship may not be the worse thing to happen to the Light Blues.

Any chances of winning automatic promotion to the Premiership were dashed a long time ago, with Hearts storming to the title, but Rangers remain in the race for a play-off place, and they will be hoping that new head coach Stuart McCall has an immediate impact.

The club hero has drawn his opening two games in charge, but he could close the gap on second placed Hibernian to just three points by beating them this weekend, and that would set the Gers up for a great end to the campaign.

However, Barry Ferguson, who captained the club during their recent top flight days, believes that staying in the Championship would actually be good for the club, as they are far off the quality required in the Premiership.

The curent Clyde player-manager wants to see Rangers return to their rightful place alongside Celtic as a giant of Scottish football, but he has admitted that the club have too many weaknesses to fix before becoming a top flight club, and that the best place to do that would be in the second division.

“Another season in the Championship for Rangers won’t be the disaster people are predicting,” he told the Daily Record.

“In fact it may be the best way for the club to rebuild and gear up for the challenges ahead. The fans may not agree but I don’t think it would be a bad thing.

“There needs to be realism. If promotion was achieved it may only compound the problems. With all the investment required on and off the field there shouldn’t be a rush to reach the Premiership. Too many things need fixing and the Championship may be the best place to do that.”

While Rangers fans will rightfully want to see their club return to the pinnacle of the national game, Ferguson speaks a lot of sense.

The club are not able to compete with the best team in the Championship, and that suggests that they are nowhere near ready for the Premiership.

If they were to be promoted it would not be a surprise to see them relegated almost immediately, and staying down will allow the club to build momentum before they push for the top flight again, with a real chance of staying there, and eventually competing for the crown of best team in Scotland.

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