After the Frenchman left the club, Paul Le Guen’s seven-month stay at Rangers ended on that day in 2007. Le Guen’s departure was followed by 72 tumultuous hours, which started with manager Barry Ferguson stripping him of the captaincy and dropping him to Motherwell for the ride.
Le Guen then indicated that there was no possibility of the captain of Scotland playing under his leadership again for Rangers, as he resented the effort to exercise unfair control on the rest of the squad. “I’m disappointed to be leaving the club but I think it’s the best solution for everyone involved. I would like to thank everyone who helped me and my team during my time in Scotland. In particular, I would like to thank the directors who have fully supported me at all times. “I’m disappointed to leave the club, but I think it’s the best solution for everyone involved. The 42-year-old was given a three-year deal and the money required to mold a squad capable of challenging the Bank of Scotland Premier League’s Celtic supremacy, but his fresh recruits were largely unimpressive and there was no performance change, demonstrated by two losses to Inverness and a cup defeat to St Johnstone’s then first division side. Walter Smith returned as manager but struggled to close the Celtic gap (Lynne Cameron/PA) At the time of the resignation of Le Guen, Rangers were 17 points behind Celtic, and Walter Smith took over permanently for the second time a week later. Under Smith, in 2007/08, Rangers were 12 points behind Celtic champions.