Derek Johnstone says Stuart McCall should be given Rangers job

Derek Johnstone has explained why he thinks Stuart McCall deserves the Rangers job permanently.

Derek Johnstone has outlined the reasons why he thinks Stuart McCall should be given the Rangers manager's job on a permanent basis in the Glasgow Evening Times.

Since joining in March, McCall has turned the team around and has them in good shape heading into the play-off final games against Motherwell, but there are no guarantees he will still be in charge if the Gers go up or stay in the Scottish Championship.

If the temporary manager does take them up then Johnstone thinks he will have done all that was asked of him when he took over with the league title already out of reach by the time he took over.

He also makes the point that all the players at his disposal aren’t his players, he’s had no opportunity to bring in the men he wants and given that opportunity he could take Rangers on a step further.

Johnstone explains that the fans would give McCall their support because he ticks all the boxes and has done a good job with the team so far.

“I would certainly like to see him get that chance. He ticks all the boxes. Stuart and his assistant, Kenny Black, know what it is like to be a Rangers player,” he wrote.

“He knows what kind of people are needed to perform in the cauldron of Ibrox and he has contacts down south, which is something Rangers don't have at the moment.

“If he gets promotion, he has done everything that could possibly have been asked of him. He deals with the media well and the fans can relate to him. From the way the supporters are turning up, I think they would back him 100 per cent if he got the job.”

The last two play-off games have been contested in front of a full Ibrox and Johnstone says it is important that if promoted the fans continue to attend games in vast numbers, expecting 35,000 to 40,000 season ticket holders if they do go up.

Whilst he wouldn’t expect the Gers to compete straight away, he does think they could challenge for a spot in Europe in their first season and raise finances to mount a title challenge using the money from the competition.

A win at Ibrox could go a long way to helping Rangers return to the Scottish Premiership - the Promised Land they have been aiming to return to for some time.

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