This summer Steven Gerrard made a controversial decision which frankly displeased fans – he put Ross McCrorie out on loan and later signed Andy King from Leicester.
Meanwhile a number of weeks later, McCrorie’s traditional rival for the slot, Glen Kamara, admits his form has not been good enough this campaign and that’s why he hasn’t played as much.
We can’t help but feeling this situation maybe could have been handled a little better,
Obviously hindsight is 20/20 and it’s one thing to espouse knowledge ‘after the fact’, but the reality is McCrorie was an exceptionally popular player who was developing at an excellent rate, but Gerrard felt he’d be better off doing that at Portsmouth, who have even gone so far as to deploy him at RB when we all know the lad struggles in defence.
Meanwhile we still don’t really understand why we brought Andy King in on loan.
It all adds up to a situation where Kamara is out of form and we have no clue why a washed-up and out of favour Leicester midfielder is here on loan, while McCrorie was dumped to League One.
It seems, to us, and we don’t profess to be geniuses here, that it would have been a better situation to have McCrorie and Kamara, two bright young players, pushing each other for that same slot, as Gerrard so eagerly regales the virtues of, rather than ditching one of them and bringing in a loan instead.
Kamara has really struggled – and a major reason for that could well be the loss of a rival for his slot. No one else in Rangers’ team is like Kamara – indeed, he’s the only player of that nature now, the combative defensive midfielder with composure on the ball, but McCrorie certainly excels at the combative stuff while doing all the dirty work and still being able to pick out a pass.
Steven Davis, Joe Aribo and Ryan Jack aren’t that kind of player, in Jack’s case not any more, and the only other is Greg Docherty who spent a year developing as an attacking midfielder.
Indeed, the only other player really we do have to push Kamara is King, and King is a loan, and the ‘pushing’ thing in this case clearly isn’t working.
It just seems a bit off – Kamara has gone from a Kante in waiting last season to an out-of-form midfielder who’s struggling to get in the team.
And we can’t really blame anyone other than Steven Gerrard for that.