Rangers endured a huge disappointment after failing to get back into the Premier League due to a loss against Motherwell in the play-offs.
Getting back into the top flight through the play-offs was always going to be a gamble for one of the biggest clubs in Scotland. They have managed consecutive promotions up until now, but that run has now been brought to a halt after a 6-1 aggregate loss against Motherwell. Poor form in the second half of the campaign forced the club to act and part company with manager Ally McCoist. Stuart McCall was appointed as his interim replacement.
Rangers recovered from the shock 3-0 defeat against Queen of the South to beat Raith Rovers 4-0 in front of their own supporters.
The victory helped them moved level on points with Hibernian in the second spot, although the opposition have a game in hand. It also helped them open a small advantage overQueen of the South, who occupy the final play-off spot. The possibility of finishing top of the table and returning back to the Scottish Premier League automatically has effectively gone after Heart of Midlothian recently increased their advantage to 23 points.
Kenny McDowall announced his intention to resign and leave his managerial position at Rangers on January of the ongoing year but the Scottish club replied by stating that the coach has to remain in charge of the squad for 12 more months.
Recently, there have been a number of things going on around Rangers as there are power struggles within the internal management of the club, fans have displayed disciplinary problems after singing songs which were labeled as inappropriate during the Scottish Championship League match between Rangers and Raith Rovers.
The Scottish side Rangers FC is in desperate need of a cash injection and this is why the owner of Newcastle United Mike Ashley has recently been providing the team with loans, however Ashley is believed to be interested in taking full control and ownership of the Scottish team, reports are going on stating that Ashley is prepared to sell Newcastle United in order to make an official bid for Rangers.
For the past 2 years Mike Ashley has been attempting to sell Newcastle United but has not managed to find a concrete offer or buyer for the Premier League club.
Rangers’ inconsistent form continued even after the appointment of Kenny McDowell as the new manager. The team suffered a heavy 4-0 loss at the hands of Rangers going into the New Year. This defeat sees the club a massive 15 points adrift of the table leaders, Heart of Midlothian.
The financial situation of Rangers FC is in a poor state as the Scottish club accepted a £2million loan from the owner of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley and one of the consequences that this brought was the resignation of the former Chief Executive Officer Graham Wallace from his position at Rangers.
Philip Nash was another member of the Rangers club that decided to step down and drop the position he had at Ibrox and now Mike Ashley has to select some of his own people or candidates to fill up those positions that were left vacant.
Rangers will be looking to continue their pursuit of table leaders Heart of Midlothian this weekend when they take on Dumbarton away from home. Rangers have been inconsistent in the league this season. They have managed just three wins in the last five encounters and it has seen them drop nine points behind the table leaders. Even though they have a game in hand, it is now looking highly unlikely that they may finish in the automatic promotion spots. Ally McCoist set the target of winning the league once again and it would have seen them promoted to the Premier League straightaway.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti refused to entertain questions about the goalkeeper situation at the club by saying that it is a closed matter as far as he is concerned. Madrid recently allowed their goalkeeper Diego Lopez to join AC Milan in a free transfer. However, be brought in World Cup 2014 star Keylor Navas as his replacement. The Costa Rican goalkeeper was one of the finest players at the World Cup and his move to Madrid suggested that Ancelotti did not have complete confidence in Iker Casillas. The Real Madrid legend has had a troubled time in the last few years.
Sunderland is willing to buy the English youngster Will Buckley and they have even bid for him, but, there is no certainty that they would be able to grab the services of the player as there is one other club which is in this race and that is West Bromwich Albion.
It’s Gus Poyet only, the current Sunderland boss, who had signed Buckley at Brighton. He likes the playing style of the 24-year old a lot and he wants to unite with him once again, this time at the Stadium of Light.
Rangers manager Ally McCoist has revealed that he has money to spend in the upcoming transfer window. The transfer embargo on Rangers was recently lifted and it allows the club to enter into the market to strengthen the squad significantly. Rangers have already utilise the loan market today benefit and have been able to win back-to-back promotions. The club may have underperformed in cup competitions in the last two years, but they are once again favourites to win the Scottish Championship and return to the Premier League after a three-year absence.