We have to cover the Nathan Patterson and Covid Crew.
As we all know, all five were allowed back to training, in a gigantic u-turn (especially re: Bongani Zungu) and have all given big shiny apologies, full of contrition and what have you.
Frankly we find Rangers’ position on this to be ridiculous and a load of bllcks, but we also know that a three-man injury swell has made a big difference too.
Kemar Roofe, Ryan Jack and James Tavernier are all unavailable at present, and Rangers cannot afford to lose both deputy full backs and a midfielder.
So an apology, a slap on the wrist is it, it’s done, and we get on with it.
And in a story we couldn’t have scripted in our wildest dreams, a horror show from Leon Balogun opens the door for the-now benched Nathan Patterson to come on and put in a fantastic shift including a goal.
That switch probably won Rangers the night, frankly, with Balogun being exposed on the right and repeatedly giving the ball away.
Morally? It’s a shambles. It’s a joke. Let’s not dress it up as anything else.
But football-wise – it was necessary, and it’s made a huge difference to Rangers on the night.
And indeed Patterson is likely now to be the starter till Tav returns, in a comical twist again in this story which does seem to be quite the soap opera.
Make no mistake – we do not agree with the club’s position morally on this, but we understand the necessity for it.
No Jack, Roofe or Tavernier has forced our hand, and that is what it is.
Football really is a funny old game…