Murty wants to rid the ‘negativity’
Caretaker boss Graeme Murty stated that a win in the next league game can help to clear some of the negativity around the club. Rangers host St Johnstone on Wednesday looking to record a much needed win following back to back defeats. They now sit third in the league, nine points behind Aberdeen and a win in mid week could help to turn their form.
Speaking in the press conference earlier this week, Murty went on to say “I would say the negativity around the players and around the football club can only be changed by winning football matches, so on Wednesday, we need to go and win the game.”
Pardew joins the managers’ race
Former Premier League manager Alan Pardew has seen his odds on being announced as the new Rangers boss slashed and is now the second favourite with the bookmakers to take over at Ibrox. Pardew has now moved ahead of former captain Barry Ferguson, Alex Neil and Martin Jol to become Rangers next manager. Former boss Alex McLeish is still the favourite to take over. Pardew was sacked by Crystal Palace in December with the club in 17th in the Premier League. During his final year at the London club they had one of the worst points return in England. He has however led his sides to good things in the past and performed well at Newcastle guiding them to fifth in the league.
Pressure on Rangers in Wednesday’s match
Tommy Wright believes that Rangers have to deal with the pressure when his St Johnstone side visit Ibrox tonight. He is however cautious to make sure that it isn’t his side which Rangers suddenly click into form. “The pressure is on Rangers because they are expected to be challenging for second” said Wright. The manager, who has admitted this week that he has not been approached for the vacant managers’ post, then went on to say “their fans will be demanding a response.”
Rangers inspire Polish former champions
Polish side Widzew Lodz are using Rangers as a inspiration after their relegation to the fifth tier following bankruptcy. They aim to make a comeback through the leagues to the top level of Poland and possibly win their first league title since the 1990’s. Lodz have set a record for season ticket sales after wining promotion to the fourth division, selling 10,000. They hold the second highest number of season ticket sales for a lower league side, behind Rangers who sold 38,000 in 2012.