Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson has won the CEO of the Year at the Football Business Awards for 2021.
Robertson beat off Leicester City’s Susan Whelan, Brentford’s Jon Varyney, Blackpool’s Ben Mansford and Forest Green’s Henry Staelens to win the award [FBA].
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Robertson has been the managing director at Ibrox since 2015 and was put in place by the new regime following the much-publicised Dave King-led takeover.
A former Motherwell director, Robertson was appointed just 24 hours after Mark Warburton was installed as first-team manager.
In the period of time that Robertson has been at Ibrox, he has helped to build the club up on and off the pitch.
Ibrox was in a dilapidated state upon his appointment and there has been some serious work done on the stadium which is understated.
The Gers have launched ground-breaking diversity initiatives which have been heralded in important quarters and have required the right leadership to be successful.
Rangers are also a force in Europe again at a certain level, whilst Robertson of course overseen 55 which halted Celtic’s 10IAR charge, something many of the club’s rivals claimed was impossible.
Robertson silences detractors with prestigious award
The Ibrox chief’s award will serve to silence many of Robertson’s detractors which generally come from outside Ibrox in the Scottish press and via the SPFL.
The Gers managing director is currently at loggerheads with the professional members’ body over the infamous cinch sponsorship deal.
This comes after Rangers called for an investigation in the SPFL and asked for Neil Doncaster to be suspended whilst it was carried out after the controversial end of season vote in 2020.
Robertson has also been targeted by members of the press after Rangers changed their press policy to a buy-in model which has infuriated some apparent thought-leaders in the media.
This includes the outspoken Graham Spiers who branded Robertson “slightly pathetic” when asked about him on Twitter.