He’d never state it publicly, but Mark Warburton perhaps allowed himself a private smirk upon hearing the news that Brentford had sacked his replacement just eight games into their season.
The former Bees boss has moved on emphatically since his Griffin Park departure, taking over at stirring Scottish giants Rangers and overseeing wins in their first eight league games under his watch.
No Gers supremo has managed that feat since Bill Struth way back in 1920. One more win will see Warburton set a new club record for consecutive wins at a start of a reign.
Falkirk, who lie in second and are the only other unbeaten side in the Ladbrokes Championship, stand in the way of history, but the sponsors still make Rangers 5/23 certainties to record a victory.
A nine-point gap already looks insurmountable for the Ibrox club’s competitors and it could be that keeping this winning streak alive remains the players’ ultimate motivation.
Although nine straight Rangers matches at the start of a managerial tenure would be a new record, Warburton and his players have some way to go in order to break the club’s total win-streak chain.
The 22 consecutive triumphs recorded between August 1898 and September of the following year – a tirade that took in the entire 1898/99 season – remains an untouched shrine of perfection in the club’s history.
If they were to break such a long-standing record they would, ironically, do so against Falkirk again, in their 23rd Championship outing at Ibrox at the end of January.
Should that unimaginable feat be achieved, Rangers would need just another three victories to break the division’s consecutive-wins record.
Morton’s 25 wins on the bounce, started at the back end of the 1962/63 season and carried over into the following year, has set that particular standard and understandably propelled the Ton to league glory.
Beyond that, Ladbrokes make Rangers a 66/1 chance to win every league game they play in which, if accomplished, would be a seemingly unbreakable new feat.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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