Former Brentford boss Mark Warburton was appointed as Rangers boss on Monday and has signed a three-year deal with the Gers. Former Rangers centre-back David Weir has returned to Ibrox as Warburton’s assistant boss.
Warburton could be a shrewd appointment for the Scottish Championship side. The 52-year-old enjoyed a long relationship with Brentford, having been a first team coach and sporting director prior to becoming boss in 2013.
Warburton guided the Bees to promotion into the Championship within his first six months in charge. Then last season the Bees were in the promotion picture for much of the campaign, prior to it being announced in February that Warburton would be leaving the club at the end of the season.
The Bees form dipped a little, but they still finished fifth in the table to make the play-offs. However, they suffered a defeat in the semi-finals against Middlesbrough and Warburton left the club on May 30th when his contract expired.
Despite his limited budget at Griffin Park, Warburton created a team that played attractive, possession football and has promised to bring entertaining football to Ibrox. If he can reproduce a similar sort of style at Ibrox next season then the Rangers fans could be in for a very good season indeed.
Rangers had three head coaches last season, Ally McCoist, Kenny McDowell and Stuart McCall. Both McCall and McCoist are Rangers heroes, while McDowell had been on the coaching staff a while before being handed the reins on an interim basis.
To appoint Warburton as their new boss is a change in strategy for the Glasgow giants. In fact he is already making his history, as Warburton will be the first Englishman to ever manage the club.
Warburton’s challenge will be to guide Rangers back to the SPL and the pinnacle of Scottish football. In times gone by the Gers fought tooth and nail with arch-rivals Celtic for dominance of the Scottish top-flight.
Last season the Gers finished third in the Championship, meaning they qualified for the Premier League play-offs. McCall helped the Glasgow giants to the play-off final, but they were hammered 6-1 on aggregate against Motherwell, who had finished 11th in the SPL.
Ever since the clubs off-the-pitch problems began it has been a challenge for the Gers to make their way back to the SPL. Previously they had found it quite easy to win promotion, but last season the play-off final was just a step too far.
Mark Warburton has proven in the past that he is a very capable coach and will no doubt rise to the challenge. At Brentford he worked wonders, so it will be interesting to see how the former Bees boss copes with the pressures of managing such a big club.
The 52-year-old seems to know the game inside and out. With the help of trusty right-hand man Weir’s knowledge of the Scottish game he could be a massive success at Ibrox next season.
Will Mark Warburton be successful at Rangers?
Dnipro vs Sevilla Prediction and Betting Tips. Dnipro play Sevilla in the Europa League final in Warsaw at 19.45 UK time on Wednesday, May 27 2015. Sevilla are the current Europa League title holders and are the favorites to lift the trophy yet again. If they do it, they'll be the first team that did it four times.
Dnipro are the unlikely participants in the Europa League final. The Ukrainians from Dnipropetrovsk played Olympiakos, Ajax and Club Brugge in the first three knockout rounds, having a pretty easy draw. Then came Napoli and Dnipro had a lot of luck as the Italians failed to win at home. Dnipro got this far because of their defensive committment and no-nonsense play.
Sevilla lost Ivan Rakitic and Alvaro Negredo but are strong again, and made it to the Europa League final again. The Spanish side scored at least four goals over two legs in each of the knockout rounds, making an impressive statement. The opponents of Sevilla this season couldn't go for 0-0 or a victory by a single goal as they know they'll concede at least two. The only way to play Sevilla is to fight fire with fire, and Dnipro will attempt to keep a clean sheet.
Dnipro and Sevilla Injury News
Dnipro will be without Mazuch and Zozulya, and Sevilla have one absentee, Pareja. None of these players are vital and therefore we can say both Dnipro and Sevilla are at full strength.
Dnipro vs Sevilla Predicted Lineups
Dnipro (4-5-1): Boyko - Fedetskiy, Douglas, Cheberyachko, Léo Matos - Kankava, Rotan, Fedorchuk, Matheus, Konoplyanka - Kalinić. Coach Myron Markevych.
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Rico - Coke, Carriço, Kolodziejczak, Trémoulinas - Mbia, Krychowiak - Aleix Vidal, Banega, Vitolo - Bacca. Coach Unai Emery.
Dnipro vs Sevilla
Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland
27 May 2015, 20.45 local time
Referee Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Dnipro vs Sevilla Prediction and Betting Preview. Offensive Sevilla seem to have the upper hand and are expected to dictate play against the defensive Ukrainians. Dnipro can sting alright, but most likely the match will be all about Sevilla looking for ways to score against the disciplined Ukrainian defence. Dnipro vs Sevilla Betting Tip: Sevilla to win in regular time. Pinnacle Sports have the best price and highest limits. Dnipro vs Sevilla Predicted Score: 0-3.
Ladbrokes to Title Sponsor Scottish Professional Football League.
Leading online betting and gaming company, Ladbrokes, has entered into a sponsorship deal with Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) in terms of which it will become the latter’s new main sponsor as from next season.
The new deal is said to be worth slightly over £4m and is due to run for a period of two years.
The new deal is the biggest of its kind in Scottish football and sees the four leagues that are covered by the SPFL being known as the Ladbrokes Premiership, Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2 from the begging of the new season in August.
The deal will see Ladbrokes being given rights across all four leagues and 42 clubs and the group is planning to run several activations through the different rights of its partnership with SPFL.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ladbrokes, Jim Mullen, said that the partnership will help to propel them and the SPFL to new heights.