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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…