Do Middlesbrough fan's reaction to Aitor Karanka sacking suggest Rangers should avoid?

Rangers fans arrive prior to the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on June 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Aitor Karanka is the third favourite amongst the bookies to take over at Rangers.

A general view outside the Riverside Stadium is seen prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester City at Riverside Stadium on April 30, 2017 in Middlesbrough,...

By the latter days of Aitor Karanka’s four-year spell in charge of Middlesbrough, the Riverside fanbase was almost split down the middle between those who wanted him to be given more time and those who felt that time had long since ran out.

Karanka deserved immense credit for leading Boro back to the Premier League after seven years away in 2016/17, finishing runners-up in the Championship behind Burnley.

But once the whistle blew on the first day of the top flight season, it became clear that Boro, under Karanka’s restrictive tactics, were always going to be fighting against the tide.

Aitor Karanka, Manager of Middlesbrough walks off at half time during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent,...

By March, with Boro unable to make any sort of an impression on the top flight, Karanka was gone. And when the North Eastern outfit were relegated to the Championship at the end of the season, they went with the league’s tenth best defensive record but with the poorest goals tally in the top flight.

All of this, then, is food for thought for a managerless Rangers. Sky Bet have installed Karanka as the 7/1 third-favourite to take over at Ibrox.

And while the Spaniard would surely tighten up Rangers’ leaky backline, the fact that Boro supporters were so divided by Karanka’s sacking suggests that he would be far from a universally popular appointment at Ibrox.

Despair for Middlesbrough fans after defeat in the Sky Bet Championship Playoff Final between Middlesbrough and Norwich City at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2015 in London, England.


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