Stevie G can do no wrong these days. Sure, there’ll be the odd glitch, but nothing we can’t handle. But we must say we are intrigued by his comments on Nathan Patterson and the Covid ban.
Now, interestingly Gerrard hasn’t said anything about anyone else’s, just Patterson, and we’ll go into that in due course, but let’s look at the quote:
Steven Gerrard, bluntly, is saying the reason Patterson shouldn’t be suffering the ban he has is due to the fact he’s a good player.
Now, we love Stevie, we absolutely worship the man, and he has brought us our Rangers back.
But that doesn’t mean we will never ever debate a single Rangers thing again during his time as our manager, and we have to question this quote.
The reason Patterson’s ban was harsh, just like the other four, is he broke Covid rules. Gerrard makes no mention of Mebude, or Bassey, or Kinnear, all of whom would hope to have promising careers ahead of their young selves – just Patterson.
Yes, the kid has talent, but unfortunately we have to slightly urge caution on his line of reasoning here.
The reality is the only reason Patterson is getting this defence, this level of the manager’s backing is because we lost James Tavernier.
He compares the Jones and Edmundson situations, where they allegedly went to a house party – it has never formally been revealed officially exactly what the Covid 5 did, only that the police were called – and Gerrard says the two situations aren’t the same.
He’s right – he needs Patterson and doesn’t need or want Jones or Edmundson.
We absolutely adore Stevie, but unfortunately his reasoning falls a bit flat here and slightly undermines the violation of Covid Patterson (and his peers) committed, on the grounds that he’s a good player.
We are very lucky that he’s been around following Tavernier’s injury, a privilege we’re potentially going to lose soon – and while a blind man can see the lad has a tonne of potential, well, pretty sure Stevie told us Ross McCrorie was going to be a Rangers captain and a Scotland player while in our shirt.
Stevie, rightly, says what he needs to say as our manager – he has our best interests at heart and those best interests include Patterson being available at RB while Tavernier isn’t.
Are we condemning him for this – no – it’s football business and his job is to put out our best players where possible.
It’s just this situation has forced him into some quotes which don’t quite hold up to scrutiny.
But he’s Steven Gerrard and he’s a God in Glasgow so frankly my dear we don’t really give a damn because he’s given us 55 reasons not to.