The knee-jerk reaction from the bulk of Rangers fans (yes, the bulk) over Antonio Colak’s poor display is immediately to jump back on the Alfredo Morelos bandwagon and reject everything the Croat has shown up till Fir Park, and pretend Morelos has been outstanding this season.
It’s been a laughable response, showing just how disloyal and fickle our support has become, that they will dump a player for one bad performance despite how impressive his prior form had been, in order to extoll the virtues of a player who’s been off the pace for almost 12 months now.
There is a depressing tribalism around Morelos which saddens us, a school of thought that will back him no matter what he does, that ignores his every poor and disinterested display and bigs him up instead.
This is not to say Morelos is poor – he is far from it. But his heart has been a long way from Rangers for a very long time, and his performances have mostly shown that.
Indeed, in Motherwell he had one good assist – it was a very good assist. Apparently, however, Colak’s (technically) two assists v Killie are rejected and forgotten in favour of his admittedly bad showing on Saturday while Morelos came on, missed three open goals, and had that assist and he’s suddenly Lionel Messi?
Ironically it’s probably his best Rangers performance in months, managing three (bad attempts) but also a key pass and a long ball, and he was involved, but it was hardly evidence enough to reject Colak completely.
This is a big issue with supporter social media – it is deeply reactionary, it’s not sensible, and it doesn’t rationalise situations in football, instead choosing to emotionally lash out on anyone possible with extremely aggressive responses to a bad performance or a good one.
Ibrox Noise tries to be a bit more consistent. We won’t turn on a player after one bad match, but we will rate that match on its own terms, and Colak had a bad one. But he’s shown absolutely tonnes of why he is the best striker in the country, and for supporters to now dump him in favour of a guy who hardly shows an ounce of heart when he plays and wants to leave?