Barry Ferguson: Why Rangers staying in the Championship could be beneficial

Ferguson believes that Rangers could benefit from staying in the Scottish Championship this season.

Speaking to the Daily Record, former captain Ferguson has admitted that with all the rebuilding needed at the club, Rangers could do well to miss out on promotion this term.

The now-Clyde boss said: “Another season for Rangers in the second tier wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing as there is a lot of rebuilding required from top to bottom. It [promotion] would be more money for Rangers if they go up but the new owners have made it clear it’s going to be a long process.”

Having only sorted out various off-field issues earlier this season, it would be something of a miracle if the Gers did get promoted this term. However, that is still very likely, with a play-off place secured and a chance to finish in second place still on - making their play-off run easier.

Looking at their first-team squad, it is amazing that they have remained in the running for promotion for so long, especially considering that Stuart McCall is also their third head coach of the campaign.

Thankfully for all involved at Ibrox, since McCall’s appointment the club has settled down and looks to be on an upwards trajectory. There is still no knowing as to whether McCall will remain in charge, although his impressive work at improving results and bringing through youth should see him offered a long-term deal.

Rangers are starting to look like a club with a promising future again, and McCall has aided the Light Blues on this path. Ferguson is right to suggest another season in the Championship could be beneficial, as it would allow further strengthening without the increased challenge of the Premiership.

Rangers are not yet good enough to fight in the top flight, and another year in the second tier could work wonders on their long-term future.

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