Rangers manager Ally McCoist recently witnessed his former club Sunderland suffered an 8-0 thrashing at the hands of Southampton in the Premier League. This was the worst defeat for the club in the history of the top division. McCoist, who moved to Rangers from Sunderland in 1983, says that he is extremely disappointed with the way his former team have opened up this campaign. After only managing to avoid relegation to the Championship, Sunderland were expected to kick on this time around. However, they remain floating near the bottom of the table after managing just one win this season.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti praised the reaction of his players after they secured a 5-1 win over Swiss club FC Basel in the Champions League. Madrid began their defence of the competition that they won in the summer with this impressive victory that refused to hide the poor start made by the club this campaign. Real have lost two out of the three league matches they have played this season and this includes a 2-1 defeat against archrivals Atletico Madrid at home. This has seen Madrid drop six points behind early-season leaders Barcelona.
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.
Scottish football has not seen the famous rivalries between Rangers and the other top clubs in the last few years following the relegation of Rangers to the bottom division of Scottish league football. However, Rangers have slowly made the way up under the guidance of Ally McCoist into the Scottish championship. This coupled with the relegation of Hearts and Hibernian mean that Rangers will be up against these two top clubs once again in the new season. Ally McCoist has revealed that he is already looking forward to matches against both these clubs.
Kenny Miller’s transfer from Vancouver Whitecaps to Rangers has already been confirmed and announced as the veteran attacker will be returning to the Ibrox Stadium for the 3rd time but he is not the only target that Ally McCoist and the club is trying to sign as there are a few other players in the transfer market that McCoist is attempting to sign.
Scott Allan was recently released from West Bromwich Albion after spending 2 seasons with the Premier League club but failed on making any kind of impact or appearances with West Bromwich and is now a free agent.
Rangers have revealed losses of more than £ 70 million in the last two seasons, in which they are primarily spending time in the lower reaches of the Scottish league. A financial report stated that the club has spent almost every penny that has come through season-ticket sales and commercial revenues in the last two years. It has also stated that the club will need to raise up to £ 30 million through the sale of shares before 2017 if they are to compete at the same level in the Scottish Premier league.
The air of positivity surrounding Rangers after their promotion to the second edition of Scottish football has quickly dissolved after the team lost in the Ramsdens Cup final.
Rangers supporters came into the match against Raith Rovers confident that the team will be able to add to the silverware that they have already won this season. However, Rangers were only able to suffer a defeat against this lower league opposition. Fans were extremely critical of the manager Ally McCoist after the match, but captain Lee McCulloch came to the support of the manager.
Rangers managed to seal the League One title with eight matches remaining after a 3-0 win over Airdrie during the weekend. After the match, manager Ally McCoist said that the recovery of the club is certainly on track after their return to the Scottish championship.
Rangers will now be looking to get back to the Premier league in the next 12 months. Due to their financial difficulties, the club was relegated to the 3rd tier of Scottish football. However, they have now achieved two promotions in successive seasons to get to the championship stage.
Celtic and Rangers have enjoyed a nine title record, which is likely to be broken this year with Celtic winning the 10th title. However, Rangers manager Ally McCoist has revealed that he has larger issues to be worried about right now.
McCoist is one of the players to hold the famous nine titles. Ian Ferguson and Richard Gough are the others. Rangers achieved this feat between 1989 and 1997. However, there are currently languishing in the second division of Scottish football, although the situation was much worse 12 months ago.
Rangers are at the top of their league being the only club of their division that has not suffered from a single defeat so far and have been earning themselves convincing results after each match is played.
Even though it might seem like things are going well for the Scottish club, the financial department of the club have recruited the services of the consultant Philip Nash as he will be bring the spending of the club under control.