Tuesday night confirmed one thing beyond a shadow of a doubt:
Whether the majority of Rangers fans like it or not, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has chosen Jon McLaughlin as his number one for the time being and James Sands to partner Goldson.
McLaughlin falls under a list of players Rangers fans, rightly or wrongly, don’t rate or favour like the rest. Ditto Sands/
These are generally McLaughlin, Sands, Connor Goldson, Fashion Sakala, and to an extent, Scott Wright.
But Gio isn’t the fans.
The impression we get is Gio has picked his chosen men, and unless they now let the side down consistently or fail to impress, they will stay in the shirt.
And as long as Rangers keep getting the results, which this season we are, it’s hard to complain.
Indeed, 3 wins and just one away loss in Belgium is making the first two matches look much much better, and the overall season record is now looking downright impressive.
And that’s with James Sands and Jon McLaughlin in tow.
For it doesn’t matter if fans get outraged at Sands’ name in the starting XI, he’s currently the number one choice beside Goldson.
And as long as the wins flow in, few can have complaints, including us.
We at Ibrox Noise have hardly gone on record as Goldson and McLaughlin’s biggest fans, but they’re Gio’s picks and we back the manager unconditionally.
We do prefer Sands to most supporters but we know he has more than a few detractors. We were a lot less impressed with him in midfield ourselves, but in defence he’s barely let the side down at all.
And all of this means Gio has a job to do, is doing it his way, and even if we don’t get the team selections we want, at the end of the day we just want the best results for the club.
So unless McLaughlin or Sands go on a bad run of form and make repeated errors for weeks, they are clearly staying in place.
Fans better get used to that.