Rangers Old Firm stunner emerges – 5 days later

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 17: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers interacts with James Tavernier of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on October 17, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s taken a while for us all to notice, but there was an Old Firm shocker that didn’t even occur at the time:

Saturday’s win at Parkhead may have been the first in history to feature not a single Scottish player in Rangers starting XI, with the obvious exception of goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Barisic, Kamara, Davis, Kent, Arfield, Barker, Morelos.

Now, many might point to Arfield, and yes, he’s a Scot born and bred, but he’s a Canada international and has as many ties to the Canucks as to Scotland. So he comes under the Canadian flag when it comes to football.

And on that basis, Rangers basically had no outfield Scots in their side.

There has often been an argument that Stevie isn’t into the Scottish players – and is that so hard to understand given how bad most of them are these days?

We look at the Ross McCrories, Jamie Murphies and Greg Docherties, and instead we have Kamara, Kent and Aribo.

It’s not hard to see why we appear to be going with less Scots these days. It’s a sad state of affairs, but they are mostly very poor, and couldn’t hope to match the Barry Fergusons and indeed McGregors of yesteryear, nor indeed Kamara or Kent today.

This is not to condone the lack of Scots in our squad – it’s sad, it’s poor, and it’s not good enough. But Stevie isn’t the first manager not to give many of our Scottish players a platform, and he won’t be the last.

As long as the displays and results are this good, we can’t really have a complaint.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I commented on many occasions that it’s a root cause problem in Scotland , we lack quality Scots because of the SPFuckingL and the SFA it’s garbage and is technically and commercially miles behind the English system. More importantly those in it are more interested in thier own career .

  2. I’m always happy to see Ceptic sign the best of Scottish players because bottom line they don’t worry me. That’s why it never concerned me that we didn’t sign the likes of Cummings, Shankland and Dykes or that we got rid of McCrorie, Docherty or Murphy. These guys are not our future. The standard of Scottish player is as bad as it’s been for years.

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