“What next, a cot?” – ridiculous Ibrox argument defends inconsistency


We’ve had an interesting response to a recent piece in which we accused Steven Gerrard of hypocrisy.

In the article we suggested he had one rule for James Tavernier, and perhaps Connor Goldson, and another for the rest of the squad.

Some of the objections from the replies were intriguing – a common theme was that in the case of certain individuals off form, Gerrard knows that some players need a rollicking where some need an arm round them.

The assumption was that Tavernier and Goldson, we assume, are the two who need to be treated with kids’ gloves.

Forgive us, but that’s absolute poppycock, and those who assert it are either naïve, or playing devil’s advocate.

Why, explain, is it that two players in a squad of over 30 are the only two to be given this nanny-state treatment when they’re out of form?

Why is it every other player to make mistakes or have bad form immediately falls into the ‘rollicking’ category and gets individually named and slammed by the manager? Borna Barisic especially got utter abuse last season from both fans and the manager, and that’s just fine?

And supposing it’s true, supposing by some bizarre coincidence these two really are the only two who ‘need’ this kind of ‘soft love’ – what on earth is going on in a game formerly played by men (and of course by women now these days) that certain individuals are now absolute wimps who can’t handle being told off?

What is this? Nursery?

We’re sorry, but this is not washing with us, and only enhances our case further.

As Ibrox Noise’s Derek argues, the moment Nikola Katic has one bad game this 22-year old kid is dropped and individually criticised. James Tavernier, captain and nearing his 30s needs to have love and pillows for months when he’s in bad form?

How on earth can anyone justify such uneven-handed treatment in the way they have?

Now, we should point out – we are actually not criticising Gerrard here. Our criticism of him previously was the inconsistency of the treatment and that was the earlier article. Not this one. We’re criticising, on this occasion, those who responded that think it’s fine to put an arm around a near 30-year old captain and console him and tell him everything’s alright (this is the guy who leads us, by the way) and keep selecting him, but a 22-year old Katic outside his country for the first time is absolutely fine to dump to the bench in a rough love fashion.

And even if that is ok, even if we stretch ourselves to believe this ridiculous argument is valid, why on earth is this ‘wimp’ you guys are portraying installed as the captain?

Guys like Gough, Butcher and Ferguson used to stride the captain’s armband like colossi and could handle it like men if they got a few boos or criticisms.

Now we must whisper sweet nothings into our captain’s ear, give him a hankie and keep selecting him? What next, a cot?



  1. The whole situation is a touch laughable. Everyone is a hyprocrit these days, I guarantee those that defend Tav were the ones giving Barisic dogs abuse last season and booed McCulloch years back.

    I have found the younger generation of Rangers fan to be a particulary ignorrant and abusive type. Only today I merely suggested Andy King had thus far been a waste of a wage and didn't see much point in having signed him such is our depth of options in that area…only to be lambasted with horrific abuse, name calling, and insults with absolutely no intelligable response other than being informed he's an EPL winner as if I didn't know. Lol.

    It's sad when having an opinion, which doesnt conform to the majority of the sycophants, results in those your junior informing you that you aren't a real Rangers fan.

    It's very much a case of "everyone, anyone…except if you have an opinion" these days. I have found ibroxnoise to be the only place i can air an opinion without the backlash and 9 times out of 10 my thoughts align with your articles.

    I totally agree with the piece and for those defending Tav, the rest of of us don't want him dropped/rested out of hate or anything of the kind we would just like all players to be treated the same without favouritism as I am sure you would all expect at your place of employment.

    If a player or any employee in any job knows they can continue in their position regardless of mistakes and bad form they will naturally become complacent and will not work as hard to be 100%. It's human behaviour. Gerrard also indicates there is no other options at RB to push Tav and keep him on his toes (despite having Flanagan, Polster, Halliday) which does a diservice to rhose players and can't do much good for their confidence basically being told you have no chance of ever playing as you don't even come close enough to challenging Tav. If that is the case then can I dare to suggest getting rid of those 3 and getting both a LB and RB who are capable of at the very least pushing those in front of them towards their best?

  2. the article defends inconsistency, on Sunday rangers were very lucky not quite as lucky against Hearts but the noticed same problem in both matches, Hearts and Motherwell were both at the ball first, that made all the difference, that is what Ranger,s need to do for every match be first instead of chasing

  3. The manager manages the squad as he choses, your site knows nothing about what is said and done in the squad,your constant nit picking is boring and annoying let the manager do his job and you should find something worth discussing.

  4. I think the difference between Katic and Goldson being dropped are quite significant. Gerrard stated that certain players, i.e the younger ones like Katic, need to be protected from public abuse that might hurt their development rather than the likes of Goldson who has been round long enough to know how to deal with ups and downs of form and criticism. I also think the reason he was maybe so verbally disappointed with Barisic last season was he felt that the lad wasn't perhaps trying hard enough and needed a boot up the backside. We're seeing this season that he's truly world class. Tav on the other hand, while good, will never be world class but I doubt anyone here would fault his or Goldsons effort for the badge. I'm all for dropping both, but I can understand Gerrard's logic in how he deals with each situation differently.

  5. Difficult away game this evening. Let's see if we are up for it after 2 dismal SPFL performances. The pressure is on. We don't get to play in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 like we do in Europe;show us the adjustment and create confidence.

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