Major milestone gives Rangers chance to reflect on how far we’ve come
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Seven years ago this week Rangers went into administration

It’s been seven years this week since Rangers entered administration – indisputably the darkest and most difficult period in the club’s history.
Whilst everyone from the players to the club’s hospitality staff were plunged into desperate uncertainty, one group has really suffered more than most. The fans.
On our knees and subjected to the gleeful indulgence of our rivals and what felt like the country, we knew not what the future held at Ibrox.

Ally McCoist was the Rangers manager when the club was cast to the bottom division of Scottish football. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s a time which most people want to forget. But this year, perhaps more than ever, we should use it as a time to reflect.
For the first time since the off-field troubles took hold, we can see a shimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. There was a time when it was hard enough to see even a pinhead.

Under Steven Gerrard there’s a real feeling that the good ship Ibrox is finally on the right course. Not that it’s always been plain sailing – or that the fans have ever come close to jumping ship on the Blue Sea even in the choppiest waters.

Fans have been on incredible journey over last seven years

From that infamous hedge in Brechin, to Elgin, Alloa, Berwick and everywhere in between, the fans have travelled in their droves. In the face of subjugation, ridicule and criticism. To a man, woman and child, the support has proven time and again to be the most loyal, vocal and passionate of arguably any in the sport.
And now, we’re edging ever closer to the rewards. We’ve swapped Montrose for Maribor. Emilson Cribari for Connor Goldson. The Banter Years for hopeful better ones.

Steven Gerrard has breathed new life into Rangers since the summer. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Seven years have passed since we tumbled down the divisions and the future of Rangers was recklessly tossed into abandon during administration.
Seven years. Seven different bosses. A whole mixed bag of emotions.
But at the centre of it all. One club. Our club.
Make no mistake, the best is yet to come.


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