Stevie G has got a very unpopular call correct

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MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on September 27, 2020 in Motherwell, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

After Sunday’s match, there was a comment by more than one reader of the site which made Ibrox Noise pause for consideration. It went along the lines of:

“All those people who demanded Stevie play Greg Docherty, Jamie Murphy, Hastie and McCrorie…”

Paraphrasing and leaving the rest for you to complete.

And you know what – they’re bang on.

Ibrox Noise was as guilty as anyone of wanting to see Greg Docherty and Ross McCrorie in our shirt, but this manager simply did not fancy them or Hastie and McCrorie, preferring instead Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara.

Now, there’s a small caveat in the justification of Gerrard’s decision – as many fans might not know choosing one player over another isn’t just about ability and raw talent, it’s also about marketability, value, player look, nationality, and a whole bunch of other attributes which transcend how good they simply are.

And it’s entirely possible all four of those players could have raised their game this season like James Tavernier or Connor Goldson have, like Kamara has – but Gerrard’s job is to make the judgement calls on who will be a better fit for the club, who will be a better asset, and who would be worth more money in the future.

And when we look at where all four of those players ended up, which is, let’s face it, backwaters of football in League One and the SPL, it becomes apparent that they almost certainly didn’t have what it takes, unlike the players Gerrard has tirelessly analysed.

Remember, his job and reputation are on the line if he gets it wrong, if he goes with the player the fans want and not the one he wants – he has a lot to lose by making the wrong call, and with the way this team is playing, there’s no question Jamie Murphy and Greg Docherty just aren’t good enough.

We loved Docherty in particular, and maybe he was good enough once upon a time, but our midfield is filled with Aribo, Zungu, Jack, Davis, and Kamara to name just five – it’s hard now to believe Docherty is as good as any of them at present.

And that’s why the manager is paid the big money to make those massive calls.

Not you and not us.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Different comment ..once again that green shower display total disrespect for our fallen and injured service personnel on Remembrance Day , No Poppy on their strip’s and yet again an away fixture on that date . Fucking shocking and disgraceful they should be fined and points deducted . Disgusting

  2. Add to that guys like Ryan Hardie, Matt Polster, Jason Cummings, Lyndon Dykes, Craig Halkett, etc. All guys that we should’ve kept or signed according to many. The management team know what they are doing.
    As a general rule I would say if they are playing in the SPFL then they aren’t good enough for us. Sadly that probably includes Ferguson at Aberdeen.

    • Bear in mind a bunch of the players we have are from other SPL clubs or are SPL experienced – Jack, Kamara, Jones, Barker, and Stewart. So get your point but there is talent there too. Will say though the Dykes situation will always be a puzzle why our manager didn’t want him, but it’s still working out.

      • Fair point but Jack was an exception and has developed hugely under Gerrard, Kamara was lucky, right time right place and Jones, Barker, Stewart haven’t really done it which kind of makes my point. Dykes is also not exactly banging them in at QPR. 3 goals ALL penalties and NO assists.

  3. I was & I am one of those people…..I’m still adament Ross Mccrorie could of played a huge part at the club in coming years, a bit raw still but with Jack being a touch injury prone I felt Ross.was.the perfect understudy in that role ,he has hit the ground running since joining Aberdeen…..but the main thing is regardless of who plays is the club does well & wins trophies…..

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