Rangers tonight had a most sobering evening in Belgium, an evening which demonstrated it is debatably the end of the road for a number of players, and that their hearts and bodies are not up to the challenge of representing this club at the moment.
While James Sands is getting a tonne of criticism from fans convinced he was hugely culpable for the opening goal, we saw enough from him to demonstrate that at least he cared, and didn’t lack ability. He clearly prevented at least one goal, and helped stub out a number of Union attacks. He’s no stellar player, but he was not the worst Ranger on the pitch.
No, he isn’t the one we’re pointing the finger at tonight.
That honours falls to:
Jon McLaughlin, Connor Goldson, Borna Barisic, Glen Kamara and Ryan Jack.
Those five were quite simply not up to it tonight, be it ability, or guts, and that lethargy and apathy made Rangers stodgy, stale, slow and ponderous.
Jon McLaughlin is not, never was, and never will be a Rangers goalkeeper. We have been vocally against him as number one for a long time, and we stand by that even more so tonight. While McGregor will make some errors, McLaughlin is a rabbit in headlights. We want McCrorie and McGregor as the pairing for the sticks. We cannot fathom what Gio sees in McLaughlin.
Goldson has signed a new deal, is untouchable, and there’s barely any point protesting about his ineligibility to play for this club any more. He’s immune. He’ll always play. Moot.
Borna struggled badly and was subbed by what is clearly his successor. Yilmaz will have to prove his quality in time, but it’s the end of the Rangers road for Borna and he is being heavily linked with moves away.
Kamara has been angling for a move for some time, and with Forest said to be interested, the Fin downed tools a long time ago. Tonight was no different. Passive and flat, and just lacking heart for the fight.
Jack is a tougher one to call – he has the heart, but not the body any more. It was telling how hard he was drained at the end of his stint – he was absolutely bucketing sweat, something he didn’t use to do. And we do like and respect the man. But he’s no longer got the body to withstand this level of football. And that’s unfortunate.
There are probably one or two on your mind too – perhaps you disagree with some of these, but one thing is for sure, a lot of epic fails were exposed tonight and it may have cost Rangers the Champions League.