Alex McLeish: Praise for a member of the Rangers family.

Last updated : 05 May 2009 By Knight of the Swan
The FF messageboard is often a place where interest in former Managers of the Rangers causes a commotion, and for both our recent ex-bosses the last few days have proven eventful: for Paul Le Guen the news he will leave PSG, and the happier achievement of promotion for Alex McLeish and Birmingham City.

Alex's time at Rangers will prove fertile ground for future historians of the game, and it is only the debacle that was PLG which prevents more frequent threads on the good, the bad, the embarrassing and the heart-stopping moments during his tenure. I'm sure we all have our favourites - the Ferguson cup final, Easter Road, those marvellous scenes against Dunfermline - and the low-points are as obvious as they still remain painful.

But it would be churlish, and more than a little mean-spirited, not to offer praise and congratulations to someone who, despite his faults, was and is a good Rangers man and an assuredly decent bloke.

Birmingham's triumph at Reading also supports the record McLeish holds in last-day deciders: who could forget 2003 or 2005, dramatic and exhilarating in different ways, but ultimately unforgettable. One can only wish Alex all the best in the Premier League, and hope he can do better with a full season in the top flight.  I'm sure we would all hope that, when our own season has finished, he will no longer hold the honour as the last man to led Rangers to the SPL championship.