Michael Beale is set to defy Rangers fans’ wishes by making James Sands permanent if he manages to prove himself in midfield.
Ibrox Noise polled our readers recently to identify who of the two American loanees the supporters would keep, and 99% were loosely to strongly in favour of attacker Malik Tillman, while 0% wanted to keep James Sands.
But Rangers supporters these days appear to be very keen to jump on the backs of our players, and Sands, despite digging the club out of many holes earlier this season, isn’t held with any respect by the bulk of fans, and is very much a scapegoat when things go wrong.
And Michael Beale thinks it’s unfair, suggesting Sands hasn’t had enough time in midfield to showcase his talents properly, which is absolutely true.
In short, Sands’ best slot is midfield, and Beale won’t reject the lad before he’s had a fair chance to assess him in that position – which we may or may not see happen this season, depending on injuries and suspensions down the line.
Supporters, for the majority, have been extremely unfair towards Sands, abusing him and degrading his performances, generally with pretty emotional language which other players have not suffered anything like, nor should they.
Sands, unfortunately, is a very unpopular player with fans who just like to dismiss him when they get the chance. But it’s Michael Beale who’ll make the call, not them.