Is Rangers star’s honeymoon at Ibrox over?

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As regular readers of Ibrox Noise will know, we have a lot of time for Sean Goss. Indeed, the on-loan QPR midfielder very quickly became a fan favourite for his range of passing, composure on the ball, increasingly ability to dictate play from the middle, and not being afraid to get stuck in defensively, even if he was hardly Terry Hurlock.

However, as fickle as fans are, the Celtic loss changed everything – and it is true the 22-year old did not have his best afternoon, but few others did either, and that pattern repeated against Scotland’s best side (right now) in Kilmarnock.

And suddenly, of all the players underperforming, Sean Goss was the one to lose his place next to Greg Docherty, with an inexplicable choice of Graham Dorrans being shoehorned into the defensive slot.

And it does seem that in the course of a few weeks, Sean Goss has gone from being an absolute fan favourite (don’t forget he was up for February’s club POTM award) to ‘dispensable’, ‘lightweight’, and ‘disposable’.

In the space of two matches, opinion has apparently completely shifted from him being a signing we should make permanent in the summer, to ‘can’t drive him back to Loftus Road fast enough’.

We do find this pretty astonishing, that fans who tell us off on the site for ‘not supporting the players’ themselves destroy the best ones we have and ditch them as soon as they think they’ve had one bad match.

We know we’ve been harsh ourselves on players as well, but it’s seems fairly obvious which ones are our better assets. We include Alfredo Morelos in this, despite being tough on him – he works hard from deep, and despite his finishing currently being horrendous, he’s the top scorer in the country for a reason.

So if we can see the positives in players, surely the wider fanbase can too – and for the majority to have decided that Goss is now cannon fodder and isn’t rated following his stellar displays only up to a month ago seems pretty nonsensical to us.

Is Goss the complete and perfect midfielder? No, but then he’s only had fourteen starts in senior football, fifteen appearances in total, and the guy is still learning the ropes. He impressed hugely for a couple of months – has he gone from a Barry Ferguson successor to dross in matter of a couple of matches?

Some fans seem to think so, and so does Graeme Murty.

The biggest benefit of Goss’ presence was getting the best out of Greg Docherty alongside him – against Motherwell the ex-Hamilton man looked lost, and regardless about claims of illness (if true, he should never have started), he still nevertheless looked poor against Dundee.

But right now that midfield is a mess – it’s gone from a pretty slick and working combination of Murphy, Windass, Candeias, Goss and Docherty to an absolute clownshoe of a shambles of Murphy, Miller, Candeias, Dorrans and Goss – and the combination has upset Rangers’ rhythm totally.

Goss had struggled in a couple of matches, true, but since when did that mean a player gets dropped ruthlessly? Other players like Morelos, Windass, Martin etc have had plenty poor matches under Murty yet stay in the team.

Goss deserves his place back. If his dip in form remains, then options can be considered. But under Murty it really does seem like one rule for one, another for another.

11 COMMENTS

  1. As your article points out Goss has only had 14 starts in senior football yet you seem to be advocating that he should run the midfield against Celtic in the semi! Goss is grossly inexperienced and lightweight and has been found out when playing against better opposition. The latest in a long line of pointless loan deals. Bet big mouth Holloway now wishes he’d been a bit more accommodating to Murty’s overtures!

  2. We are too quick to turn against our players and are sometimes like a 12th man for the opposition, with our team terrified to make a mistake.

    Our support, rightly so, demand excellence. It cant be easy out there on the pitch, but this why they are getting paid the big bucks.

    Shape up or ship out.

  3. Goss was woeful against shellic and was the main cause for 2 of their goals by not shutting down and getting a tackle in, letting them waltz through and shoot! But he wasn't the only guilty party that day!
    Would I start Goss in the semi? No, I wouldn't. It's clear as day he neither has the experience or backbone for such an occasion.
    Halliday let the cat out of the bag when he said the first goal against Dundee settled the nerves?! This commensurates with the poor home record we have had to endure this season. The players are bottling it before going out on the Ibrox pitch, even against the lower teams. The jersey is too big for them. When things don't go their way, they crumble. Instead of embracing the crowd and challenge most players hide and don't want to take the responsibility. They are just average players playing for a massive club!
    Spotlight should be on most of the players who haven't performed, not just Goss. We need big players to stand up and be counted come Sunday, every single one of them!!!

    • Or – more likely – they're all sh*tting themselves before playing in front of a home crowd because of folk like you on their back before the games even kicked off…?

    • Andy, your prejudiced comments speaks volumes of you as a person, let alone a Rangers fan! Not even worthy of a response other than this one!

  4. Quite often the problem seems to be fans including yourselves having extreme views either way. Calling him a Ferguson successor was/is as ludicrous as saying he's useless. Imo he's a young man with a wand of a left foot but needs to improve on various parts of his game. The signs were there before the old firm too as he was rotten against Falkirk. He was only brought in as a loan and we should maybe look to extend that as he could be useful.

  5. It's an unfortunate continual flaw in Murtys ability .He exposes his players to ridicule from so called fan support/opinion whilst not correcting or admitting his own lack of management skill. Goss is a decent player . He felt the pressure against the Rotten Mob but for Murty to completely ostrasize him is wrong. The balance of the team was better with him in the team and passing and penetration was better …Murty has made yet another mistake ..Cummings has been treated terribly too ..Lets get real ..we want to win the League ..Clarke has done better with less players and less money so the board need to make a decision and get rid of Murty

    • Spot On!
      Cummings should be playing
      Goss back alongside Doche
      And Dirrans in the No.10 Slot!
      …Simple

  6. Yes!
    Goss ahould be put back in with Doche
    ..Time to go Graeme 👎💙

    Want a Lift to Glasgow Central?

  7. I also like Goss. He looks a player.
    Although, I don't see a problem for dropping him after a bad game. That's the point of having a capable squad.
    I also don't think he was one of many in that game. I think him, Cardoso, Wes and Tav fell short of expectations. Goss making the most costly errors.
    But overall I like him and agree that he should be given more of a chance. I'd still like to see him signed based on what we've seen so far. Get him more game time to see if we should make the move

  8. The truth is any good team is made up of many parts. Some like Goss who can put his foot on the ball and others who will run through a brick wall for the team. Unfortunately on the back of a few bad results you need to find 11 players prepared to get fired in and Goss has lost out as a consequence. Maybe that's something he needs to think about adding to his game and it's not too late. I wouldn't give up on him yet.

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