Last night Rangers’ result was a bitter pill to swallow, but we’re truly disquieted by how angrily so many fans are responding to the most consistent defender we’ve had all season.
Filip Helander had a bad one, no way of getting past that. This was an ugly display up there with his struggles at Killie last season.
But the way so many fans are rounding on him blaming him squarely for the result and ignoring his absolutely excellent performances otherwise this season is the very kind of behaviour they used to slate our manager for.
After a bad performance, the old Steven Gerrard would throw a player by name under the bus. Did it time and time again. He’d blame that player and single him out, and it would divide a number of the fans who slated the boss for demoralising individuals.
Gerrard learned, and doesn’t do that now – he keeps it all in house and publicly supports or occasionally constructively and gently criticises the individual in a fair manner.
On the other hand, the fans who attacked him for the way he used to be are now absolutely hounding Helander, demanding he be sold, dropped, ditched, flogged you name it.
Yes, he had a bad night, but the ugly and emotional reaction to a solitary bad display has been disheartening to say the least.
Everyone’s allowed a bad match, but from being our best defender he’s now being pursued with a pitchfork, as if the name Shane Duffy didn’t even exist.
Get off his back, and give him the chance to get this bad night out of his system.
If you’re going to support us when we win, stop turning on our best players when we occasionally don’t.
Otherwise you’re exactly the same as fans from the other side. And no one wants that.