A couple of regulars on Ibrox Noise, Bill B and Sparky, made the following comments, and we wanted to look into it in more detail:
It sounds slightly paranoid, right? Maybe a little bit too tin foil hat…
But your chums on Ibrox Noise have also expressed some slightly similar viewpoints, maybe not as explicitly, but when you look at it more closely it starts to carry a little water.
Rangers have had 6 players called up for national team duty this summer:
Jon McLaughlin, Nathan Patterson, Filip Helander, Borna Barisic, Glen Kamara, and Alfredo Morelos.
Only a single one of these has managed a minute at their summer tournaments, and that’s the man who was the victim of the racism scandal. Europe was divided over it, with the bulk of the Eastern Bloc slaughtering him and defending Kudela, while Western Europe defended him religiously.
He is of course Finland’s best player and they stood completely behind him.
However, the rest seem, as Rangers players, to have been made pariahs.
Filip Helander, an outstanding defender and proven in quality, had just secured his place for Sweden and got the big call to play for his country this summer when a complete nobody from the Chinese Super League, Marcus Danielson, rated at about £500,000 market value and with just 7 caps, came from nowhere to steal Fil’s place.
Barisic got mysteriously ‘injured’ despite footage of him showing him to be fit and has now lost his place for Croatia.
Nathan Patterson hasn’t been given a chance, albeit we admit Stephen O’Donnell did a good turn v England. Doesn’t make him the better player though. This may be down to aforementioned Rangers hatred on the part of Clarke, but doesn’t exactly justify much.
And lastly Alfredo Morelos hasn’t had a look in for Colombia in South America.
Did the racism scandal in some way blacken Rangers’ name globally, and now national teams are deeply reluctant to touch our players?
Calling up is one thing, but getting to actually play is quite another, and the latter has been blanket denied every player who got the call from Ibrox bar Kamara.
We aren’t wearing a tin hat, and we’re not paranoid, but something has stopped players who would normally be regulars for their countries getting the nod any more.
And after two matches for all players’ countries, it starts to look stranger.
Maybe it’s just us…