When Rangers’ new manager takes charge in due course, one of the first puzzles the man must solve is the merits of the current squad, and who is truly good enough to be considered a long term asset to the team.
While the new boss will likely get new life out of players we all gave up on, such situations are a lot less predictable, and as such, Ibrox Noise takes you through what we believe are the players we want to see our new boss build around.
He may well not, he may have his own ideas, and as we have alluded to, we will give him the space, support and time to compile that for himself.
But we are fans, and it is all about opinions, and these are the players we see playing a big role in Rangers’ future:
This is one for the future. A slightly disappointing display in Hamilton aside, McCrorie has been excellent. He has taken his chance well and looked as good as any SPL defender when given an opportunity to shine. He very much reminds us of a young Danny Wilson when he too broke through at Ibrox. We have high hopes for McCrorie and we would love to see him realise his potential and become a mainstay for years to come.
A great leader, even if his displays sometimes are not impeccable. Generally Wilson has had a bit of a raw deal since returning to Ibrox; he never really stamped down on a first team slot and has been more of a fringe player – and yet when he is on his game he is a fine stopper and a defender we have a lot of time for. Even if the new manager does not see him as a first team regular, he is something above squad. Personally a Wilson McCrorie partnership has something about it.
His temperament is questionable and his form has not been terrific, but this guy was a leader and role model at Pittodrie. We want to believe his Aberdeen form can be restored at Ibrox, and we think it can; it would probably help his case greatly if old boss McInnes was his manager again in Govan – we feel there is more to come from the defensive midfielder. A lot more.
Has shown glimpses of his best, but too often he has been quiet – we rate this lad highly, and we know that in his proper position, managed correctly he has a lot more to offer than what we have seen.
Again, his recent form has been a bit rusty – struggling for goals and a bit of playacting too – but when he nails it he is an electric striker, with a tank of a frame and a clinical strike. He holds the ball up terrifically and he is a handful for defenders. With the right coaching the sky is the limit for this lad. One to keep.
The guy is not one for the playing future, but few can reject his influence, leadership and general dignity as a Rangers player. Whatever role he plays at Ibrox, we want to see him as a significant part of the club going forward.
We should assert the fact we are not rejecting anyone, well, not in this article. While we have major doubts about Pena and Dalcio, for example, this piece only focuses on who we believe stands out for us in potentially being good enough for the Rangers we want. The new manager may well turn Pena into Messi and we would be delighted with that.
But that is…another story.