We won yesterday, and Gio can certainly be credited with the sub that secured the 3 points, but there are many more questions than answers over the past two matches that really should be addressed (but won’t) and so we’ll give a rundown of all the oddities of late and see what our valued readers make of them.
V St Johnstone.
No subs in the 90, and Arfield kept his place despite evidently needing a rest. The subs thing was a big talking point after this match.
Where do we begin:
Starting with the worst defence we have, in putting Bassey back into the centre while Barisic was used at LB (and removed, again).
Leaving fit-again Leon Balogun and Filip Helander benched in order to field the weakest defence.
Starting the passive and weak Glen Kamara who offers little, including passion, instead of John Lundstram.
The performance was flat, insipid, and while Gio made the sub that won the match, Rangers didn’t have a single shot on target UNTIL Kemar Roofe’s winner.
We know, and we get it ad-nauseum – what matters is winning, and GVB is bang on to say he doesn’t care what fans think, as long as the team wins.
In the last two 90 minutes, we’ve won, so he’s completely justified.
But the management recently has completely contradicted the stuff he did last year. He’s no longer fielding our strongest teams where he can, he’s fielding weird experimental stuff, rotating SG-style for rotation’s sake, and just like SG he simply won’t drop Connor Goldson.
We haven’t changed our minds on Gio, we like him a lot more than the ex-manager, but we will always call out errors, bad judgement and anything we dislike.
He’s free to ignore, and while he’s winning, he’s got every right to.
But if those draws start to creep back in, Gio could well find his coat on a shoogly peg because winning 56 is vital and right now, a draw is terminal.