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Beat around the Bush

PUBLISHED: 11:33 09 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 24 August 2010

By Adam Boxer HOW refreshing it has been in recent weeks to see Rangers football once again at the forefront of press coverage rather than the antics of an eccentric owner. The games under Jim Magilton have showed positive signs from the first friendly,

By Adam Boxer

HOW refreshing it has been in recent weeks to see Rangers' football once again at the forefront of press coverage rather than the antics of an eccentric owner.

The games under Jim Magilton have showed positive signs from the first friendly, in stark contrast to the tenure of Iain Dowie, where more questions were posed than answered after a laboured display at Stevenage.

Magilton has had his side playing from the first whistle, and while some results this season haven't met the lofty expectations of some supporters, the football has proven pleasing on the eye.

Rangers have retained the ball well, providing consistent spells of entertainment, something we could only dream of under the dour fitness and tactically based regimes that preceded the current boss.

Indeed, the illustrious owner going into hiding has been nothing but positive for the side, with the pressure of expectation visibly lifted from the shoulders of the players.

Whether there is a direct correlation between the two is open for debate, but the unquestionable talent of Rangers' side has stepped forward and is a great cause for celebration.

In Magilton Rangers could have the dark horse of the Championship and, while some craved a name such as Roy Keane, could it be that the Rs hierarchy made a bold but calculated decision in plumping for Magilton?

We can discuss the media appeal and celebrity attraction of a so called 'big name,' but surely getting matters right on the field is the ultimate goal.

In appointing a manager who not only has the desire and passion to succeed but also the calibre of football to excite the crowd, it could prove to be the biggest decision that the Rs board have made to date.

Magilton seems to have ostracised himself from media speculation and got down to the business of producing performances and results on the pitch.

The hysteria surrounding money at Rangers is thankfully old news and Magilton's appointment has quelled the media bandwagon and let the players ply their trade.

Rangers have always been at their best as underdogs, and it was clear to see last season that the tag as Championship favourites weighed heavy.

Now the pressure has subsided and Magilton has Rangers playing without fear, and away from the watchful eyes of the glitterati - it could be a season to remember.

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