This article might annoy the ‘he’s gone, move on ffs’ brigade but Ibrox Noise keeps a keen interest in our departed players, particularly the noteworthy ones, and will cover that today, in a piece on recently-exited Rangers stars and how their fates are going since leaving our club.
We begin with Nathan Patterson. The Scotland RB hasn’t had his injury issues to seek, but he is Everton’s first choice having recovered completely from his last ailment. Should Rangers have sold him? No, probably not, and he’s a top player. He’s having a good time again now that he’s fit. Premier League quality and what Rangers need.
Then there’s Joe Aribo. He had a disaster. He just wasn’t as good as we all thought he was, probably including himself, and drowned in the Premier League. He’s been relegated to the Championship and that’s probably his level. Maybe he can raise his game should Southampton get promoted again. We hope so.
Calvin Bassey as you’ll all know failed at Ajax horribly, and we do hope his new life in the Premier League with Fulham goes much better. Amsterdam was a terrible move, to a technical league he had no hope of coping with, and he was destroyed by the Dutch press. He’ll hope he does well in London, back home.
And now to more recent ones.
Ryan Kent is loving life in Turkey, assisting and scoring already, in both friendlies and competitive. The winger is thriving out there and certainly doing a lot better than Sima is at Ibrox. But then, Michael Beale doesn’t use wingers so that’s a moot point. Antonio Colak started for his debut at Parma v Bochum in a friendly, taken off at half time, while Filip Helander is interesting Cagliari but hasn’t made that switch yet. Alfredo Morelos is still struggling to find a club, while Scotty Arfield has been as brilliant for Charlotte as we expected, with a goal or two and heavy involvement in their play.
And that’s about the main lot of them for now.
Points to note: we shouldn’t have sold Patterson, Aribo and Bassey haven’t thrived since leaving, Kent is doing just fine, as is Scotty, while Tony is yet to get going in Italy properly.
We’ll continue to monitor them all in the coming weeks and months.
Once a Ranger always a Ranger.