Mark Warburton the greatest Rangers manager since Bill Struth


Congratulations to Rangers manager Mark Warburton on being the greatest manager at the club since Bill Struth.

Sorry? What? Is that taking it too far? Silly me it’s just the perception that some sections of the media are giving out and their fawning over a 95 year old record that is as pointless as anyone placing a bet on Rangers not winning the Championship this season.

Warburton has become to first Rangers manager since Billy Struth [in 1920]to win his first eight games in charge of the Ibrox side.

Of course Struth managed that feat against top flight sides at the time – Airdrieonians, Motherwell [twice], Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, Albion Rovers, Morton and Hearts.

Warburton’s string of games to ‘match’ Struth’s record included Peterhead, St.Mirren, Alloa Athletic, Ayr United, Hibernian [twice], Airdrieonians and Queen of the South.

Yet Warburton’s record matching eight games only includes four league games [as well as two cup games against League One opposition]– so if one is to be pedantic about it – Struth’s record is specific to league games [and top flight opposition]as the Scottish Cup started in February 1921 for Rangers. Therefore Warburton has four league games to go before he actually matches Struth’s record.

Rangers under Struth went on to win 35 times, lose just once [against Celtic]and draw six times in his debut season as manager.

Surely that is the record that Rangers, their fans and the media should be looking to break rather than some PR guff about matching eight games in a row against weaker opposition.

Scottish football in 1920 was far different to today’s game – players wages were more realistic, they were more equal and all the players for the most part had a ‘day job’.

That makes Struth’s record all the more impressive unlike Warburton’s – whose side have the second biggest wage bill in Scottish football [second only to Celtic]and are full time unlike many of their opponents – whose players also have to work during the day as they do not get paid the huge sums that Rangers players do.

Parents will know that you have to show some tough love when your child wants something that he/she isn’t getting and then there are times when you have to mollycoddle him/her – this whole issue of matching Struth’s record seems to me to be more of the club, elements of the media and its hired PR help mollycoddling the fan base – who seem to lap up every record going under the sun – just like their world record breaking fourth tier attendances.

Out of interest who has the Guinness Book of World Records certificate? Anyone got a photo of it?


Was there such a fan fare over Ally McCoist’s 2013-14 season as manager when Rangers went unbeaten in the league for the first time in 115 years? I can’t remember. Surely that record was rolled out to the same amount of fan fare as Warburton’s has been?

36 games played, 33 games won and 3 drawn.

Where was McCoist’s fan fare on matching William Wilton who won all 18 of the club’s league games in 1899?

So while I will congratulate Mark Warburton on a superb start to his managerial career at Rangers – as well as the acquisitions he has brought in on a shoe string transfer budget – a bit of perspective is needed when it comes to boasting about ‘records’.

I wonder what Bill Struth would have said about all of this?


About Author


Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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