After Ibrox Noise commented on our social media channels about how disappointing that only Glen Kamara had managed an appearance for his national team at the Euros and Copa combined, we were intrigued by the response.
Indeed, a great number of rather misguided Rangers fans celebrated the fact: 1: they’ll be fresher for Rangers’ CL campaign, and 2: it prevents injury.
This is truly selfish thinking from some fans who care little about their players and have only tunnel vision for the club.
Don’t get me wrong, Rangers are the priority for all of us, but there’s something these fans are completely overlooking:
How big a deal to get a call up to these tournaments, only for the player in question to get ‘dingied’?
This is the moment of their career, the moment of their lives in many senses, to represent their country at a major championship and they’ve been overlooked?
And our fans are praising that? That said player may come home feeling more than a bit disgruntled, more than a bit frustrated about not getting to shine for their country in their big moment of pride. Which may of course lead to a spell of poor form due to quite frankly being grumpy.
No, we on every level want our players to get appearances for their nations. Their values will raise, as Glen Kamara’s has, their morale will raise, leading to better performances for us when they come back if they remain a Rangers player, and it looks a tonne better for the value of Rangers as a club if our players are regulars for their countries at tournaments like these.
The first wave of matches is now over and Wednesday sees the second set begin – let’s hope Filip Helander, Alfredo Morelos in South America, and Borna Barisic not to mention Nathan Patterson and maybe Jon McLaughlin can get some appearances and shine for their countries.
It’s best for everyone that they do.