Rangers fans have picked their defence – will Mick Beale agree?

Rangers fans have picked their defence – will Mick Beale agree?
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 22: John Souttar of Rangers in action during the pre-season friendly match between Rangers and SV Hamburg at Ibrox Stadium on July 22, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Ibrox Noise mischievously carried out a little social experiment, unbeknown to our readers, and boy did it pay off!

Recently we carried out a poll, asking the audience what their preferred Rangers defence was, Souttar and Balogun, Goldson and Souttar, Balogun and Goldson.

The answer, overwhelmingly, was Goldson and Souttar.

The catch?

We offered this before the Livingston match. As you’ll guess, our pick by a distance was Souttar Balogun and we’d been well aware the majority would choose Souttar and Goldson.

Following the win v David Martindale’s side, we asked the same question again. Lo and behold, to no one’s surprise, the choice was completely different.

80% now picked Souttar and Balogun with only 20% picking an option which had Goldson in it.

84% picked one with Balogun in it and 96% picked one with Souttar in it.

We know fans are fickle, ourselves included, there’s no denying this, but we’d like to think, finally, the support (and Michael Beale) are on board with Souttar Balogun and are ‘done’ with Goldson.

He’s not a horrible horrible defender, but he’s never been good enough for Rangers at the level we need to be at, and it’s taken just one match for fans to see how good Balogun is, how good Souttar is, and tellingly, how good together they are.

Beale will almost certainly drop Balogun for midweek, but it’s absolutely not something we can endorse.

For us, if he’s fit, he plays.

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  1. Balogun has proved everytime he has played at whatever position he is a very good athlete, reads the game superbly is brave and strong . For me he’s a perfect foil to Souttar . Goldson is always a liability he shirks the real defensive tasks . Ask Hellander he had to cover for him on various occasions. Its clear and if Beale doesn’t see it then it will be his downfall.

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