The biggest issue now for Michael Beale over the course of the last two matches is not so much who played so well the past couple of fixtures, it’s who now has to be content with being benched.
Ibrox Noise takes you through the players on the side-lines whose Rangers games are either going to be limited from now on, or are entirely finished.
He’s just not the flavour of the year any more, Rangers fans for the majority are absolutely fed up with him. Our information is it’s a non-issue and he’ll be leaving this summer anyway. But with Tony Goalak’s form the best by a distance, Morelos can hang in the dugout now. Beale has a new star striker.
Ryan Jack and Nicolas Raskin have nailed the midfield, and Kamara, who has been absolutely garbage for well over 18 months now, is praying to get his move this summer. It didn’t happen in January, but he’ll be hoping the various interested parties who have been looking at him come back in with a bid this summer the club accept because he’s as finished at Ibrox as Morelos is.
Little unfortunate this one, because we love him, but we cannot argue with Jack and Raskin as the midfield, and Lunny, as full-blooded as he is, isn’t quite matching their performance at the moment. He will never stop giving it all, but for now he must accept a spell on the side-lines.
Another one who must accept he’s a fringe player now, Todd Cantwell absolutely owns the slot Arfield would take. Scotty is a terrific player and will give his all and do so always, but he only wants what’s best for the team, and he’ll be happy with whatever role he plays at Ibrox. He’s just not going to be a first-teamer very much moving forward.
Hasn’t started a single match under Beale, he’s a squad player and a sub. And that’s the end of his Rangers story. He either stays and remains in that role, or gets a move to a smaller club where he’ll get more minutes. He’s an honest player who gives what he has.
Back on the bench last night but has no chance of selection with Kent and Sakala in this form, the abysmal winger has recovered from injury but he’s been atrocious since he joined and we’d be staggered if he’s still at Ibrox after the summer. Mutual consent or loan needed urgently here.
Still a million miles off fitness, Hagi now has Cantwell to deal with in his primary slot, while Kent and Sakala have the wings tied down for now. The Romanian has been axed from his country’s upcoming fixtures, and he faces a long spell on the side-lines. He’ll struggle to replace any of Rangers’ current players in any position. Maybe better if he moves on.
And those are the main ones for now!