Rangers appear to have chosen McLaughlin & Sands

Rangers appear to have chosen McLaughlin & Sands
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 06: James Sands of Rangers during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Kilmarnock FC at Ibrox Stadium on August 6, 2022 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Whether Rangers fans like it or not, Jon McLaughlin and James Sands are here to stay.

We polled earlier on our social media channels specifically about McLaughlin, and 85% were not in favour of his being number one.

Even more appeared against the selection of James Sands following Tuesday.

But the fans don’t pick the team, Giovanni van Bronckhorst does.

On Ibrox Noise our opinion of McLaughlin is well-documented, but while he’s in our shirt we’ll support him. We can only hope he proves our scepticism of him wrong.

Sands is the more interesting case.

The USA international, adaptable to midfield or defence, attracted admirers during preseason, admirers delighted to see him v Union.

Admirers who appeared to vanish over the 90 minutes leaving just extreme criticism of his performance, even if we on Ibrox Noise were a lot more positive about him.

Gio seems to like this lad, for better or for worse, and this is the latest fixture in which £4M signing Ben Davies has barely played any notable part, and obviously hasn’t started.

For now, it looks like Goldson and Sands are Gio’s preferred defensive partnership – he spent £4M on the ex-Liverpool man but hasn’t yet been moved to start him.

Instead, Yilmaz, an even more recent signing, started today, which suggests it’s nothing to do with fitness and everything to do with what Gio wants.

The Dutchman is paid to choose the team, and the season overall reads 3 matches, 2W 1L.

Thanks to today’s result, it feels a bit better, even if further improvement is required.

But for fans thinking McLaughlin and Sands are on borrowed time, they don’t appear to be.

We might be wrong, but we think they’re 100% first choices now.

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  1. I was dissapounted to see both in yesterday’s starting line up . Mclaughlin is no Greggsy , he gave the ball away badly yesterday, seems hesitant and indecisive, of course Alan is getting older and yes he has his faults but he’s the best we’ve got and has to play . If we have a problem in that role we need to get a decent replacement end of . Sands is not the answer at the back, he’s competent and an athlete that’s all a squad member . We need a proper CH I thought that’s what we spent 4 million on Davies , Katic is also still there . Sands and Goldsons distribution was poor yesterday , they gave the ball away more than once each, that’s not acceptable. Goldson especially . GVB needs to sort this out as soon as possible , also the tempo of the game we play has dropped considerably since last season. We look lethargic and too deliberate giving especially SPFL teams the chance to regroup and play 5 and 5 at the back respectively. This is urgent .

  2. Goldson and Sands are going to cost us in Europe and in winning the League. They are both useless, and I wouldn’t have them in the Shankill Old Boys team 🤡🤡. Shankill Ray ✋

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