In the last five years in Scottish football we have witnessed severe consequences encountered by three teams who have failed to keep their financial house in order. Livingston fell into administration for the second time and were demoted from SFL1 to SFL3 for being unable or unwilling to post a bond to guarantee that they could fulfil their fixtures throughout the following season. Dundee then fell into administration for the second time and were allowed to remain in SFL1, but were handed a 30 point deduction. Rangers entered administration and were then liquidated, before rising like a Phoenix from the ashes, landing in SFL3 as a newco. The new Rangers can take heart from the performances of Livingston and Dundee, who overcame the challenges that lay before them in spectacular fashion.
The Dundee story is also one that can encourage all concerned with the new Rangers. Dundee as a club were dealt a 30 points deduction for financial misdoings. Again, this was not the fault of the players or the coaches, but they were left to live with the consequences. To that end, they felt a personal sense of injustice about the punishment. In what is notoriously the most competitive league in Scotland, many expected Dundee to be relegated on the back of the points deduction. Everyone at the club rallied to fight to keep the club in SPL1. Dundee went on one of the most impressive run of results in recent memory to not only keep themselves in the division, but finish in a healthy mid table spot, despite the 30 point handicap. Through producing some great football, they overcame tremendous odds and achieved something they can be proud of.
In sporting terms, the fight response is that which was adopted by those at Dundee and Livingston. They were motivated by something deep inside that compelled them to fight to restore the reputation, pride and standing of the club they loved and cared about. Motivation is a powerful force when it is fired up to the max. The most successful people in their field are always described as being highly motivated. Everybody is motivated on some level, but only a select few achieve the highest levels of motivation and fulfil their full potential. Motivation was the driving force that helped both Livingston and Dundee achieve outstanding football feats, game after game, until the job was done. The road to the SPL for the new Rangers starts in the mind. If all concerned with the club embrace the challenges and believe that they have a unique opportunity to take their club from bottom rung to top rung in Scotland in the space of a few years, then we may indeed witness another extraordinary footballing feat in the seasons ahead. Who knows, they may even re-write the history books and become the first team to win all four leagues in a row.