We name the eleven Ibrox players shining this season

We name the eleven Ibrox players shining this season
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Kemar Roofe of Rangers celebrates after he scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Group D stage match between Rangers and SL Benfica at Ibrox Stadium on November 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We know, we know, the tone of our content is utterly negative today. Realistic and honest, yes, but negative, and we want to lighten the mood a little by focusing on that little footnote in a previous piece;

The one where we highlight the best players this season, those shining and giving their all.

This is the Ibrox Noise Early Season Awards for Effort.

Robby McCrorie:

He should already be our keeper – he’s the future, and he was wonderful v Celtic. It’s simple as that, we admire his guts and his maturity for a ‘young’ goalie, and he must be our number one in the near future.

Nathan Patterson:

Our £15M RB is one hell of a talent, and the best Scottish youngster since Tierney. He’s capable of being world class and he’s only 19. He’s also never injured. What a talent. We can’t wait till he’s got the jersey.

Filip Helander:

Ok he’s injured now but he had a magnificent season till then – such a composed and strong stopper, and with a consistent run would be a truly memorable defender. This is an intelligent centre back.

Leon Balogun:

He’s really won us over with strong and intelligent displays, and that OF RB masterclass was simply outstanding. Followed it up with good displays at CB. He’s shone this season. Hope he stays fit.

Calvin Bassey:

What a revelation – from a nowhere kid last season to a mean lean LB machine this term, the overhaul in this boy has been sensational. Is good enough, more than, to play for this club.

Joe Aribo:

One of our shining attackers this season, Aribo has been hungry to create, score, dribble and link play up. He’s not been world class, let’s not get carried away, but he’s been very good and has carried last season’s form over. Impressive.

Ianis Hagi:

Another one showing guts, Hagi has never shied from hard work, and takes his licks well. When he gets knocked down, he gets up again. And his creative spark and goals have been refreshing. Maybe lacks that yard of pace but still makes up for it.

Fashion Sakala:

Finally announced himself v Motherwell, the Zambian has been a slow burner – took his goal well and ran impressively off the ball. Much better than the poor shows he’s put in previously, this was way more like it.

Scott Wright:

Hunger has been his byword since he signed – no one works harder to prove their right to play than Wright does. Has limited ability compared to the Hollywood of Ryan Kent at his best, but he will never stop running.

Scott Arfield:

We’re the first to admit Arfield’s been off the pace since his injuries, but he’s never stopped trying to make things happen. He’s definitely suffering with fitness issues now, but no one can deny his guts.

Kemar Roofe:

We had our doubts last season about the Jamaica international despite the stats, but with so few other forwards shining, his qualities have stood out even more this season. His power up front and low centre of gravity means he gets around very easily, and works so hard to free space up, in ways Alfredo Morelos used to but doesn’t bother to now. Roofe makes goals, and creates a yard to run into or for others. And he’s strong, meaning he can hold the ball up too. He’s not stellar in the air, but on the ground, he’s really proving his worth this season.

And that will be your lot.

There are some players who are still shining this season, and we want more of that overall. Others can look to them for guidance…

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  1. I think “shining” may be a bit of an optimistic view. Some have been better than others but generally the team has been very poor. As for a McCrorie he is far from being our number one. He was decent against Celtic. No more. And his previous SPL experience was far from excellent. This will be McGregors last season and if McLaughlin isn’t seen as the answer then I think we’ll sign an established keeper.

  2. There is no one playing anywhere near as good as last season. The new players are squad players and not pushing any of last season’s first team players to become regulars. Kemar Roofe is the only one for me that has shown consistency this season. However, sure we will get better as this season goes on.

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