While the aftermath of the League win, and cup semi-final win have not gone as planned, they have served a purpose to indicate weaknesses in our team. What we need to understand is that these weaknesses are not new, and that it was not possible to create a perfect team in one season.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Peter Houston at Falkirk has been there a year longer, as has Alan Stubbs with both managers appointed in 2014.
Rangers, let’s not forget, were at rock bottom prior to Warburton’s arrival, and during the McCoist and McDowall tenures Rangers were light years behind where we are now. Stuart McCall struggled too, albeit he gave us a glimmer of hope before McCoist’s team let him down.
I’ve always been immensely proud of the high standards we set as a support, and believe that it is these standards which define the club, and drive our teams to the successes we are all used to, however, we have to be careful not to judge too harshly the team that Warburton and Weir are building.
Mark Warburton’s interview after last night’s defeat spoke of weaknesses on display last night, which essentially amount to not always being able to break down stubborn defences despite holding the vast majority of play. In years gone by, when form dipped, particularly under McCoist, there was very little confidence that he could even pinpoint the issues, or accept any blame, never mind address the issues. With Warburton, he is accepting blame, and he is pointing out what is wrong. It stands to reason then that he is better placed to address it.
I have no doubt whatsoever, that Rangers are capable of bouncing back from these setbacks, and winning the Scottish cup at Hampden to signal our dramatic return to the top echelons of Scottish football.
The prospect of winning the Scottish cup after 4 years of pain, and 4 years of attacks from people who should have been supporting us is mouthwatering, and I for one, cannot wait.
There can be no greater motivation for Rangers than to win Scotland’s oldest trophy with the not too shabby bonus of a return to European football next year lying in wait.
While the support are itching to get down to business in the Premiership next season, that can wait, as we have a day ahead we should all enjoy.
We do know that our return to the Premiership, and our defeat of Celtic has triggered their managerial change, and also some panic of Rangers haters at other clubs, whose public wishes to “put us in our place” will look foolish in years to come.
That’s for the future, and I for one hope that Mark Warburton will be the man guiding us through that time in our history, as we re-establish ourselves at the summit of Scottish football