The boo boys win. Ibrox Noise will no longer be producing playing ratings, even though the majority of you enjoy and appreciate them, thanks to the vile abuse we keep taking from a minority through ‘having an opinion’.
The majority of readers privately contact us with praise about the ratings, but unfortunately, a loud minority have spoiled it with disgusting public abuse, insults and smears, simply because we rated Ryan Kent, who has been getting horribly abused himself by fans for months, 4 after an ineffectual display at Hampden, and other ratings rated him higher.
Sorry, our standards are better than that – we will NOT give a player 8/10 for repeatedly missing the target, running into blind alleys and having no impact on the match – yes, Fashion, we’re looking at you.
We will NOT give James Tavernier 8/10 for repeated defensive lapses and a lack of focus throughout the match, even if other ratings sites think otherwise.
We will NOT give John Lundstram just a 5 for having a strong afternoon and heavily influencing the match, and we will NOT give Ryan Jack just a 5 for ‘having just one thing he contributed’ according to some.
See, our ratings were mixed between ‘what we saw’ and the actual stats. We wouldn’t just rate based on perception, because we do all see different things, but instead, we rated on a mix of subjective and objective.
We’ve also had more than one staff at Ibrox Noise deliver the ratings, a mix of several over the years, and every one of them get the same abuse – fans might agree with 10 of the XI, but the one they disagree with is the one the abuse begins with.
We’ve been abused for the ratings we give, either because you all want the player to be abused, or to be praised. In short, for the majority of these whines, it’s about simply wanting to complain for the sake of it.
The response we’ve gotten over the years from those who disagree has been aggressive and abusive over the ratings, as if Joe Punter Rangers fan cannot handle an opinion he or she disagrees with. Sure, we wouldn’t mind if folk said ‘nah, don’t agree with Jack, thought he was better than that’ or ‘nah, Tav was nowhere near as good as that’ or suchlike.
No, it’s ‘**** you what match did you ******* watch, you know **** all about football you ******* ****’
And that is why we bow out of the ratings, with an apology to those who enjoy them, and tell us so.
We will not all agree on football matters, how could we – it’s a very emotional sport. But somewhere down the line decency has been dumped too, and the hate-filled abuse some fans will hurl at others is beyond the pale.
So thank you, but no thank you.