With former Rangers striker Antonio Colak netting the winner for Parma last night with his first-ever goal for the Italian side on what was his first proper competitive appearance for his new team (he got the second half), while fellow Ibrox alumni Cedric Itten effectively netted the goal which took Swiss goliath Young Boys into the Champions League proper, there are a lot of subplots and observations we can make regarding these two.
There’s also Alfredo Morelos seemingly finally getting his move to a credible European team, with Turkish giants Fenerbahçe securing their man at long, long last where he’ll team up with YET ANOTHER ex-Ger in Ryan Kent.
Ibrox Noise comments now on what we make of all these little titbits of information as the soap opera of football shows another episode.
We begin with Colak. We all know, bar the usual ‘contrary’ minority, that selling Colak was an error. He is a natural goal machine, who never wanted to leave, who took his exit with good grace, and left with the club’s best wishes. His career stats speak volumes – every league of any gravity that the German-born Croat ever played in, and was given real games in, he scored tonnes in – Croatia, Sweden, Scotland… he is a natural scorer and he loved his time at Ibrox.
That he would score the winner in a huge match v Pisa on what amounted to his first serious league appearance in Serie B is absolutely Colak, and well-deserved. Many Rangers fans have reacted with ‘should never have sold him’ and they’re right, we shouldn’t. He is a pure scorer, he’s a great person, a great player, and now our loss is Parma’s gain. We wish him the best.
Then there’s Ced the Ted. He’s made it to the Champions League, scoring the goal which took them there. Just like Colak, a player Rangers didn’t deem good enough for our club has thrived away from it, with Itten’s career taking off massively since he went home. His strike was the first of three for Young Boys against Haifa which set the Swiss on their way – they are now a pot 4 side and will await their group which gets drawn tomorrow. We could face them if we have a good night v PSV.
Was Itten another misjudgement? Well Steven Gerrard just wasted him, and Gio did the same – clearly the boy is a striker, but was badly mismanaged at Ibrox. Not the first time it’s happened and won’t be the last.
Next is Alfredo Morelos. After an excruciating period of waiting, Morelos has had to settle for Fenerbahçe. They’re a good team, they are, and Turkey is not a horrible league, far from it, but it’s a league which has just one Champions League team (Galatasaray only just scraping past Molde) and all the rest are straight down to the Conference, not even any Europe League sides.
Kent? A goal and an assist in 10 appearances including friendlies for the Turks. Light up the Super Lig he hasn’t – one goal and one assist in 3 lowly Conference league appearances, and just one outing in the league – 85 minutes of football and immediately dropped for the second match. He’s been underwhelming.
So there’s no denying Colak and Ced the Ted especially are going from strength to strength, but Kent and Morelos?
We’ve not missing much with those two.