Sure, we’ll sound paranoid. Sure, we’ll sound like we think everyone is out to get us, but there can be little doubt Alex McLeish, for a supposed Bluenose, appears to have been completely sucked into the new establishment of the SFA and turned completely against everything Rangers, and pro everything Celtic.
Remember, this is an ex-Rangers manager who has been up for a return to Ibrox twice, who is a childhood fan of the club – when he was appointed Scotland manager it pointed to a newer era where a Rangers-minded manager would at least address the imbalances in the Scotland setup.
Not a bit of it.
Allan McGregor’s retirement aside (he probably saw this coming among the many reasons he ditched the NT), Rangers’ one guaranteed Scotland spot is Ryan Jack.
Comfortably one of the best midfielders in the SPL, Jack has had an outstanding season – didn’t even get a call up for depth purposes by this ‘Bluenose Boss’.
Instead, with captain Andrew Robertson missing the trip due to oral surgery, many would have assumed 27-year old Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie would probably have got the call, given he’s an ex-Aberdeen player, just like McLeish.
Nope, turns out it was going to be 21-year old Kieran Tierney instead, only for his own withdrawal to leave 25-year old Callum McGregor as the new captain.
Purely, it seems to us, on account of the colour of their club shirt.
We’re not big fans of Shinnie on here, he’s crude, brutal and about as cultured as a punch in the face. But he is certainly a leader and for him to be overlooked with McGregor randomly given the armband is another sign that the NT regime is dead set against Rangers and riddled with agenda towards Celtic which affects even its manager.
We genuinely let ourselves believe balances would be addressed thanks to Eck getting the job, but frankly it’s just the same pro Celtic anti Rangers trash it was before.
No wonder McGregor ditched it.