So Rangers’ fringe players managed a 4-4 draw with Liverpool U23s recently, and the talk of the match is just how badly the squad men did in that first half and how Steven Gerrard’s admission of ‘embarrassment’ may just spell a big cull of the chafe in Govan come this summer.
The starting XI to face the Anfield kids was:
Foderingham, Polster, Worrall, McAuley, Barisic, Halliday, Dorrans, Coulibaly, Grezda, Morelos, Lafferty
And 4-0 down at half time before some Auchenhowie kids changed the outcome is a deep deep embarrassment and you’d have to say it justifies Gerrard’s apparent policy of bringing in what feels like squad players in Hastie and Stewart given the ones we have evidently either don’t care or aren’t good enough.
Who knew that our squad depth was so poor – that even despite bringing in the Polsters, Worralls, Coulibalies and Grezdas the deputy bench options for Gerrard to call upon are this horrendous?
We suggested we weren’t terribly happy with Jake Hastie, Jordan Jones and Greg Stewart, but clearly they’re not exclusively for the first team – they’re to replace the overpaid garbage sitting on the bench and embarrassing the club and our manager with utterly decrepit displays.
In that line up sits £8M of Rangers’ outgoing transfer fees – and all it had to show for it was a gubbing over 45 minutes from lads far younger.
Is it any wonder we’re bringing in these young players to try to improve the standard of an evidently poor squad?
There appears a dramatic drop between Rangers’ XI and the fringe players, and while the second half was much better, that the first half happened and played out the way it did was a huge indictment of the personnel involved.
We’d be happy enough with the bulk majority of that XI gone this summer – the only two we’d actually keep would be Polster (on grounds we have no idea how good he’ll be for us, so give him a chance), and Halliday, for LB cover and squad use.
Otherwise, the absolute rest can go. No exceptions.