Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Fall from grace for Gerrard signing complete

If ever a Rangers player was reduced to ignominy it’s Eros Grezda. Forced to keep fitness by not even playing with the Development Squad, Grezda is now alongside Graeme Murty’s Colts, purely to keep him from completely seizing up.

We really will never understand what the thinking behind this signing was – an already-injured player who we threw £2M at Osijek for, ergo no medical, and a return of zero on that outlay.

And while Steven Gerrard does praise his character, he came close to acknowledging his own error in signing him by admitting the SPL and Rangers were not for the Albanian.

Of course, that’s not Stevie’s fault – you cannot predict with certainty the likelihood of a player’s success at a new club. It’s a complete random, and the SPL is absolutely not for all players. Far from it.

But we really cannot look past the notion of signing a crock – a player who was out of commission when we paid for him – what on earth was the thinking behind that.

And now he’s being humiliated with the kids. We don’t mean that as brutally as it sounds – Gerrard’s not deliberately trying to hurt Grezda, but the lad is beyond surplus and needs minutes, so there’s no other option aside the RDC. And plus to sell him he needs to be fit. Which, ironically, is advice and diligence whoever sanctioned this signing failed to heed.

We know we sound scathing of this whole thing – we don’t mean to be utterly scalding – Grezda seems an affable enough guy and Gerrard hasn’t been harsh on him in a personality sense.

But his relegation to the Colts with the teens is the nightmare no senior pro wants, and we do feel a touch of sympathy for him.

This whole thing should never have happened, and we’re glad lessons have been learned and no one remotely injured is coming to Govan.

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