10 Greatest Rangers FC Managers Ever

6. Graeme Souness

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Graeme Souness was signed as the new player-manager of Rangers on April 8, 1986. Not only did he re-awaken a sleeping giant, but he also revolutionised the game in Scotland. He went onto become one of the greatest Rangers FC managers ever.

Having no experience as a manager would be a problem, especially with Souness still being expected to play as much as possible. This led to the appointment of Walter Smith as his assistant. Souness smashed the wage structure at Ibrox, signed the cream of English football.

He also broke down the religious barrier by snatching Mo Johnston from under the noses of fierce rivals Celtic in 1989. This ended the Rangers’ decades-long policy of not signing Catholics.

In five years he won three league titles and four League Cups, helped David Murray buy the club in 1988, and set the foundations for the glorious nine-titles-in-a-row era that was continued by his trusty right-hand man Walter Smith.

5. Jock Wallace

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Jock Wallace was the first man to have been Rangers manager twice. In the first of those stints, he had the unprecedented success of guiding his team to win two League, Scottish Cup, and League Cup Trebles in the space of three seasons.

Wallace’s training methods were demanding. He was a hard man, a fitness fanatic who had fought as a commando in the jungles of Malaysia. The players found themselves running up and down huge sand dunes at Gullane.

But the hard work paid off. Not just in the honours that were won, but a large number of those players went on to have long careers as a result of the fitness levels achieved under Wallace.

4. Scot Symon

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Scot Symon was a quiet and reserved man who had been a Rangers player under legendary manager Bill Struth. By the time he was chosen to succeed the great man in 1954, Symon had proved himself not only a very good player but also a manager with the right pedigree for the job.

Rangers won six Championships under him, including back-to-back League and Cup Doubles in 1962-63 and 1963-64. Scot Symon was also the manager of Rangers when in October 1956 they played their first-ever match in the European Cup.

Despite his success, the manner of his dismissal was a shock. Symon was sacked in November 1967 at the age of 58 after rejecting a move to make him a general manager and let a younger man run team affairs. He left with the Rangers at the top of the League.

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