With pre-season in full swing, we must admit we’re a little surprised at the powers-that-be at Ibrox this summer.
In seasons gone by departing players were usually given a send-off, a thank you and good luck – for some reason, unknown to us here at Ibrox Noise, this close season has seen zero well-wishes or announcements of departure, and a borderline whitewash of every senior player who’s left.
From June 1st (and even earlier) Gareth McAuley, Joe Worrall, Lassana Coulibaly, Lee Wallace, Lee Hodson, Ryan Kent, Liam Burt and Myles Beerman all departed, and only the latter two got any mention at all as ‘freed youngsters’.
While Kent’s future remains unclear, the likes of McAuley and Hodson, and, of course, Wallace, all got completely overlooked as they left Govan with absolutely no mention at all on official channels.
Frankly it’s not good enough.
Sure, we didn’t get much out of some of these guys over the season, but to show that little dignity and class just shouldn’t be the Rangers way, and we always like to see our club giving a gesture of grace to those who pulled the shirt on at Ibrox and who now, for whatever reason, move onto pastures new.
Since when did Rangers stop giving a t*ss about players who leave?
We do feel there’s been a shift in ‘loyalty’ ever since the Lee Wallace incident – where the board now give no backing to players at all – if we sign them, we sign them, if they leave, f*** them.
When was the last time we saw any player praised by someone other than football management? It doesn’t seem to happen very much anymore.
Perhaps it’s new policy – that the suits now completely avoid the football side of the club. And perhaps given how out of touch they generally usually are maybe that’s not a bad idea.
But equally failing to give anyone a send off any more seems a bit poor, and we’d like those who gave what they could in our shirt to at least be noted on official channels as having done so and moving on.
It’s the Rangers Way.