Kenny Miller was the last Scottish player aside Ryan Jack to score for Rangers against Celtic, unless we also count Scottish-born Scott Arfield who chose Canada.
In damning research carried out by Lord Ping, both sides of the Old Firm have let their country down terribly with so few Scottish players thriving in either team, and only two goals of the last 27 Old Firm goals being scored by home-grown players.
It’s a damning indictment, especially of Rangers, who once had a team filled with Miller himself, Kris Boyd, Alan Hutton, David Weir, Barry Ferguson, Kevin Thomson and Allan McGregor, to name just six, that now aside Arfield, we have no prominent Scots scoring goals at this kind of level at all.
And Celtic aren’t much better, just Callum McGregor is the only one to have scored and that was an own goal for Rangers!
The Scottish player today is Jack, an aging Allan McGregor, and fringe Arfield. For Celtic it’s just McGregor now and that’s basically it, albeit we’re not experts in their Far Eastern squad.
It’s poor, and it certainly explains a lot of Scotland manager Steve Clarke’s squad where the national manager, for his faults, has nothing to pick from Rangers and Celtic and basically goes with the only two candidates either team has.
Aside that, it’s very, very poor, and is a poor indication of where both of the Old Firm are now with the national team that there is basically no representation.
At Ibrox, there’s no one coming through either – the one we had we sold in Nathan Patterson, and beyond him there’s nothing, not a single Scottish player we have major hopes for, even including Alex Lowry who hasn’t kicked on in the way we needed.
And we can forget any Scottish players scoring for Rangers tomorrow unless Ryan Jack starts and gets himself into a great position.
No, it’s poor, and it’s around the table in our game.
The Scottish player at Ibrox is a dying breed these days and we’d need to completely revamp the whole coaching system to change that any time soon.
Not good enough.