Ibrox Noise ran a straw poll on our media channels on Wednesday, asking fans who, if given the choice between Lyndon Dykes and Lawrence Shankland, they would elect to have join Rangers.
There were hundreds of responses, and while a healthy amount chose one or the other, or even both, the majority did seem to scoff over both of them and suggest they weren’t Rangers class.
The very same fans who extol Fashion Sakala and think he’s good enough.
There is an undeniable aspect of our support that picks and chooses what Rangers Class actually means at any given time, and rather than the older generation which sees illustrious guys like Gough, Hateley and Laudrup as the kind of quality we aspire to, or even more recently Gio, Numan and Barry Ferguson, instead Fashion Sakala is viewed by some as up to it.
We know we know, we’re once again picking on the Zambian, but the reality is he’s done nothing but run fast and have a few big game moments (more by luck than judgement if we’re honest) and that’s been enough in some fans’ eyes to fulfil the requirements to be a Ranger.
But others, like James Tavernier, Borna Barisic and Ryan Kent, who could be argued have had CVs and performances which ARE of the Rangers Class ballpark (regardless of their form today) are frequently dismissed as junk.
Dykes and Shankland? We’d say they’re decent squad players, and they could be Rangers Class if given the chance to be. Was Stuart Munro (yes going back a bit) proper Rangers Class? Was Kevin Drinkell? Even more obscurely, Nigel Spackman?
There are some solid players from our past who don’t immediately scream of the illustrious class of a Laudrup or Butcher, but still did great jobs for the club and honoured the shirt.
And some would argue Sakala’s level of effort and running honours the shirt.
But our opinion of the possible striker targets this month doesn’t really matter – these guys may or may not come in, and may or may not be good enough. Time would tell on that one.
But we do wonder why some players just get so much more slack than others, regardless of ability.