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Beat around the Bush

PUBLISHED: 14:21 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 24 August 2010

By Adam Boxer NOW is the winter of our discontent as Rangers once again shelve their play-off ambitions for another season after a string of disastrous results. A club that was touted as the Arsenal of the Championship earlier this season, with the divi

By Adam Boxer

NOW is the winter of our discontent as Rangers once again shelve their play-off ambitions for another season after a string of disastrous results.

A club that was touted as the 'Arsenal of the Championship' earlier this season, with the division seemingly at their mercy, have now imploded and are on the verge of self-destruction.

Pre-season talk at QPR only served to stoke the fire of expectation among supporters, with impatience spilling over to petulance, with booing now a permanent fixture at Loftus Road.

Many would argue that the problem emanates from the top, and the changes at Loftus Road have only contributed to the malaise in W12, with a stunning degree of acceptancy attached to managerial departures.

Whatever the reason supporters attribute to the recent demise, a solution must be sought if Rangers are to avoid plummeting through the division altogether.

Relegation form has been in evidence, but the aspect that troubles supporters even more is that it is coming against teams such as Scunthorpe and Peterborough - relegation fodder themselves.

Sections of support have only seen the extremes either way this season, with those raving about a team that would finish clear at the top now adamant that theirs is a team nailed on for relegation.

Looking at the season objectively, we have hit highs and lows and being QPR we haven't done it in a subtle manner, with the dizzying highs of outstanding wins and the depressing lows that the club finds itself in at present.

Once Jim Magilton's reign came to a close - in honesty at Doncaster - so did Rangers' season. Paul Hart tried to recreate Wimbledon, while Mick Harford merely looks to consolidate and attempt to keep his job - and who can blame him.

The calibre of the players on the field suggests that a victory and a much-needed boost can't be too far around the corner, especially given the return of Lee Cook at Peterborough - arguably his best display since returning to Rangers from neighbours Fulham.

The positives are there if you seek them, the negatives are glaring - particularly if you pick up a tabloid newspaper.

One thing, however, is for certain - the players need the supporters to get behind the team, create a siege mentality and at the very least make the final day against Newcastle a comfortable one.


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