Rangers director Alastair Johnstone has issued a reality check over the progress the club is making in comparison to days gone. by.
The Gers are in midst of a crisis after back-to-back defeats to Old Fim rivals Celtic and the manner of those led to supporters upping the ante and demanding the exit of their manager Graeme Murty.
That coupled with a reported bust-up between the boss with Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller further compounded the club’s misery.
But in a bid to calm the growing negativity at Ibrox, Johnston was quick to point to the events of the last few years and the fact that not long ago they were in the doldrums playing against Brechin City after liquidation.
“We are probably doing a little better than we would have imagined back in the dark days of running out at Brechin in the fourth tier,” said Johnston as quoted in The Scottish Sun.
“You have to look back. The fans have been terrific, as I would have expected them to be, to hang in there and hopefully they will be rewarded.
“In terms of looking forward from where we were four or five years ago at the bottom, the progress that has been gradually made, we are probably ahead of the curve in reality if we finish second or third.
“We are making progress.
“Hopefully the curve will be fast but it is still going to be gradual, it is not going to happen overnight.”
Football Insider verdict:
Comments like these with only infuriate the Light Blues faithful who already feel as though they are disconnected from what is happening at the top of their club. The longer that they are kept in the dark about the managerial situation the feelings of discontentment will intensify. A decision needs to be made and comments such as Johnston’s are vague. But, he is right to issue this reality check. Rangers have come from nowhere to the Premiership and the fact they are already just behind Celtic is nothing short of a miracle. The Hoops are never going to able to attract the best players in the game so the gulf in quality will be cut year on year as the Light Blues get better and better. Yes, they were hammered at Hampden Park but those results happen and they will soon be vying head to head with their old foes.
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