Ibrox Noise was more than a spot disappointed to see Rangers’ arguable player of the year, Allan McGregor, subject to abuse and unflattering headlines after certain outlets decided to blame him and him alone for Rangers’ sad exit to St Johnstone.
Can we first of all say that this is a complete disgrace, and while we’d expect Celtic sites to go to such depths, we certainly wouldn’t expect that of our own media.
Let’s be clear – McGregor is not a perfect goalie, but he is OUR perfect goalie, and while no one is above criticism at this club, headlines picking out scapegoats and slaughtering individuals when that individual has been absolutely magnificent this season is simply appalling.
Sure, McGregor might have done a little better for Saints’ equaliser, but so might Helander, Goldson and Barisic, all of whom have had mostly decent to excellent seasons.
Blaming our goalie for this shock exit is absolute treachery, and unacceptable.
No, the exit was a systemic team and management-wide failure, and we have to take it on the chin and get on with it.
We cannot pick out individuals for blame, nor scapegoat players just because it’s fashionable or are those glorious ‘unpopular opinions’.
Stevie made errors and the team wasn’t up to it. It was an ugly night, but blaming McGregor for it is diabolical.
We’d like less of that, thanks.