Laughable selection as Rangers man misses out for Scotland

Laughable selection as Rangers man misses out for Scotland
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 08: Scotland manager Steve Clarke in relaxed mood ahead of the UEFA Nations League League B Group 1 match between Scotland and Armenia at Hampden Park National Stadium on June 08, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The fact Scotland have called up two uncapped goalies and overlooked Robby McCrorie says everything about the esteem the national coach Steve Clarke holds our club in.

Now many would argue he’s not getting games for Rangers so why would he get call ups, but as Euro finalist Gareth Southgate said about Kalvin Phillips and Harry Maguire, it’s about picking the best players you have and that his country isn’t exactly swimming in a depth of talent at the moment.

Scotland is hardly an embarrassment of riches itself.

So Clarke instead of going near McCrorie, you know, the only goalie of the three to have experience of an Old Firm, he went with Zander Clark, Angus Gunn and Liam Kelly, in what must be the worst trio of goalies this country has ever chosen for national selection.

McCrorie is down the pecking order at Ibrox but we can tell he’s a good stopper, a very good stopper, and we can hardly levy that at Liam Kelly who never really kicked on to be a top goalie in the way we’d hoped at Ibrox back in the day.

Yes, we could argue the same about the youngster who took his mantle in Govan, McCrorie, as well, but then is Ibrox ever going to be the place where young players thrive? Tends not to be.

So as it now stands, Rangers don’t have any goalies for the NT, admittedly the same goes for our eastern neighbours.

Some of our fans who reacted to this selection immediately turned on Clarke as a ‘ragin’ tim’, but of course, he’s only picked one of their lot either, so it’s more of a reflection of how he believes the Old Firm are faring with Scottish players these days as much as anything else.

But we don’t we’ve ever seen such a poverty in between the sticks. For a country that boasted Goram, Leighton, McGregor, Gordon… to now be at the level of Angus Gunn and Liam Kelly is deeply depressing.

And Robby McCrorie is overlooked entirely?

Maybe Steve Clarke really does just hate the Rangers after all, who knows…

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