This isn’t strictly Rangers-related but Ibrox Noise had to laugh at Aston Villa’s John McGinn attacking critics of head coach Steve Clarke for having short memories.
In fact, of course, it’s long memories that are causing supporters to slate this pathetic manager whose entire regime has been damage-limitation and cowardice, before being rewarded for that with a new contract.
Until tonight’s more adventurous selection which finally saw Patterson start and stroll the match, Clarke’s general approach had been complete submission.
Whatever you think of any of Clarke’s predecessor, aside Craig Levein’s absolutely ridiculous 4-6-0 formation, we can’t generally label any of them as cowards.
They did try, and simply didn’t have either the management skills or tools to do any better.
But Clarke has maybe the best Scotland squad since the days of Smith and Eck, and yet still approached the Euros with the courage of a mouse.
The headlines in the tabloids ask if fans ‘forget’ the qualification for Euro 2020. You know, the one Scotland only just made via penalties and had to use the backdoor to get to – for Clarke did his best to hijack that one as well, even despite it being nearly impossible to fail.
No, it’s long memories on the parts of the majority of Scotland fans which see this boss maligned, and rightly.
We don’t even want to go to the Stephen O’Donnell and Nathan Patterson shambles which persisted until today’s selection. We don’t need to.
So no, John, it’s not short memories that are Clarke’s issue, it’s long ones.