3. William Wilton
Wilton was the first manager of the Rangers football club. He joined the club in September 1883 as a player but never progressed beyond the second string eleven. He served the club in various roles before being appointed as the manager of the club in 1899.
Wilton served that position until his death in 1920. He led the club to eight league titles, among a host of other trophies. He, unfortunately, lost his life in a boating accident in the year 1920. Wilton, undoubtedly, deserves a place among the greatest Rangers FC managers ever.
2. Walter Smith
Walter Smith is an icon of Rangers. He led the club to their famous nine-in-a-row triumph and hauled a comparatively modest squad to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, perhaps his greatest achievement. During two spells in charge of the Glasgow club, he won 10 league titles and 5 Scottish Cups.
He started out as Graeme Souness’ assistant in 1986, as Rangers entered an era of utter dominance in Scotland. Smith took sole charge in 1991 and led the club on its march to nine successive league titles, of which he won seven. Scottish Cups and League Cups were also bagged along the way, including during a run of seven straight domestic trophies.
He returned to Ibrox in 2007, with the club in disarray after Paul le Guen’s disastrous managerial reign, and he steadied the ship immediately. He guided the club to three league wins in a row from 2009 to 2011, usurping Celtic in the process.
1. Bill Struth
Bill Struth is widely regarded as the greatest Rangers manager ever. He has been credited with ensuring the Ibrox club became a Scottish football giant. Struth led Rangers to a staggering era of success, winning 18 League titles, 10 Scottish Cups, and 2 League Cups in a 34-year tenure.
He became the first Scottish manager to win a domestic Treble when he won all three trophies in 1949. Such is Struth’s legacy, he had the Main Stand at Ibrox named after him in 2005, with then-chairman David Murray unveiling a bronze bust of the legendary boss.
Bill Struth is regarded as one of the pioneers in the management of the game. He brought the Rangers Football Club a level of unprecedented success that reverberated the world over.