Anyone who watched the last two Wales matches will have seen industry, running, invention, cutting edge, vision and quality – everything he lacked at Ibrox.
If Ramsey’s time at Rangers showed us anything, it was that he was a long way off the old Ramsey, and he was clearly past his best. This was up till very recently.
Then he puts a Wales shirt on and suddenly it’s the old Aaron Ramsey again.
Don’t get us wrong, what’s done is done, but we cannot help feeling a bit ripped off by a transfer which didn’t work out, clearly as much due to the player’s own attitude as much as any fitness concerns.
Ever wonder why the guy was benched so much for Rangers despite apparently being fit?
It’s become pretty clear his heart was not at Ibrox, and he proved that by running his heart out for his country and producing the football he’s capable of.
Sure, you could argue there was a lot riding on Wales’ matches lately, but then, are we trying to say Rangers matches in the UEL didn’t carry the same importance?
Indeed, Gio it seems was pretty wise to Ramsey, and didn’t frankly bother with him much. But he did make the colossal error of trusting someone with a penalty based on his name and not his commitment to Rangers.
One of the users on Ibrox Noise was very vocal about the effort they believed the man had put into his penalty, suggesting there wasn’t much behind it. Maybe that’s not true, but it didn’t look like the most aggressive of attempts regardless.
There’s something we’ve never mentioned about Ramsey on Ibrox Noise. Something the man said when he first joined which, as you do, we glossed over as supporters because we didn’t want to speak ill of a Rangers player.
It was his opening interview, where he admitted straight up he was only at Rangers for Europe and both Old Firm matches.
That’s right, he only said Rangers’ name once, and said indirectly off the bat that he’d not be fit for the next Old Firm match. He also didn’t have a clue about Rangers’ recent seasons.
Now, it is true that the SPL is no draw, and Europe and the Old Firm are big carrots for players, but you don’t say that in your first interview. You’ll probably get away with it, true, if you play well enough for it to be disregarded (John Lundstram admitted SG and the UCL were big carrots for him but he’s proven himself on the pitch), but Ramsey didn’t, so we can pick at it.
Look, we don’t hate the man, but there was a real lack of heart and drive in the shirt from him, but in the Wales shirt it’s a different story.
Pity he pretty much didn’t really want to be at Rangers in the first place.