Regulars to Ibrox Noise know we love and respect Giovanni van Bronckhorst; he’s one of us, he’s a fine young manager, and he’s not afraid to change things. He also got us to the Europa League Final. We have backed him without question since he signed up.
But his absolute muleheaded refusal to drop Jon McLaughlin or Connor Goldson is echoing worryingly of the stubbornness of Mr Favourite himself, Steven Gerrard, who lived and died by the sword of refusing to drop his favourites when they weren’t up to scratch.
McLaughlin and Goldson are fast-becoming villains. You either die the hero (55) or live long enough to become the bad guy (Goldson). And both of them are becoming huge thorns in Rangers fans’ sides. Not all, you’ll have that tribalistic sect of our support that would back Charles Manson in goal if he was wearing the Light Blue, but most.
And we just cannot get our head around the bizarre curiosity that Jon McLaughlin wasn’t good enough to displace a broken McGregor last season, but randomly since June he is?
He was second choice when McGregor was making errors all over the place, but now he’s remarkably good enough to be Rangers goalkeeper when his career highlight previously was Hearts?
We just do not understand why this guy is in our privileged goal – before kick off there was a heartwarming applause for legend of both clubs Andy Goram, The Goalie.
Then we look in our goal today and see a former Sunderland and Burton Albon goalie with one cap for Scotland is viewed as good enough to succeed from legends like he and Greegsy?
It’s not just him, it’s Goldson too. Blame Everyone Else himself has a wonderful habit of taking, generally, no responsibility for his mistakes. Can anyone explain to me how that helps team spirit.
Even today, a cross came in, sailed away, all Hibs players were marked and the coast was clear. Goldson still moaned at his team mates who could be seen looking at him in sheer apathy and mild exasperation.
It’s early in the season but if Celtic win tomorrow, and they surely will, it’s first blood to them – Gio does not want a 2-point deficit already after just a handful of matches, and it’s looking inevitable it will be the case.
It is early enough to make some key changes – ditch McLaughlin and Goldson ASAP, because they’re not good enough or have the wrong attitude and that will help improve things a little. Of course, more chance of yours truly pulling Margot Robbie than either of these happening so I’m just venting.
But that is what needs to happen. Goldson is a rot in this club and he’s quickly become the most unpopular player among fans, while McLaughlin behind him isn’t up to Raith Rovers never mind Rangers.
James Sands? He’s ok – he’s young and learning, and he’s the least of our worries. But yes, we could do with Helander and Balogun at the back with McGregor and McCrorie in goal.
Yes, we’re just completely babbling at this point. We still trust in our manager, but he’s starting to smell a bit like Gerrard with some bizarre calls and stubborn favouritism.
Please don’t go there Gio.