A lot went wrong for Rangers on Sunday. Quite honestly nothing went right. But something subtle stood out for Ibrox Noise while pandemonium was ensuing all around us:
Jason Cummings was again completely ignored on the bench.
Just like against Dundee, the 22-year old striker was totally overlooked despite his qualities, with Josh Windass, Bruno Alves and, inexplicably, Jason Holt brought on instead.
Just like his utter mismanagement of just about everyone else, Graeme Murty simply doesn’t like Jason Cummings and has let personal bias and genuine cluelessness get in the way of the right thing for Rangers.
Now, before I continue – by no means am I saying Jason would have fixed this game and turned it around – but it’s become glaringly obvious our manager has no time for the striker and isn’t interested in playing him.
For Rangers to be 3-0 down and bring on Jason Holt sums up the disdain Murty evidently has for Cummings, a striker who should well have been the best Rangers had had up top in years, but instead has had to resign himself to being frozen out on the bench.
Many ask why Murty signed him not to play him – because Murty doesn’t have a clue and has been completely exposed in the past five matches. Even the win v Dundee wasn’t even remotely deserved.
Rumours abounded yesterday that Murty would be vacating his position – as yet we’ve not heard anything to confirm this, disappointingly, so for now, it’s as we were, but Jason Cummings must be sitting there wondering why he’s even less in favour at Ibrox than he was at Forest.
And for Murty to fail to use him at all is simply not in Rangers’ best interests.
Murty started to believe his own hype in early March, some of which was admittedly furnished on him by us after the impressive run in February, but reality has hit home to most now and one of the bigger victims of his increasingly dreadful management is a player who could give us so much.
But not from the bench.