In more positive news, it might only have been a 15-20 minute cameo, but in those brief moments new signing Jose Cifuentes looked absolutely fantastic, with opponents literally bouncing off him, as the Ecuador international showed power and quality in abundance, even this early into his Rangers career.
The 24-year-old was a massively protracted transfer into Ibrox this summer, but his market value £12M was more than justified inside a couple of minutes when his raw power became stark compared to the ‘wimps’ we all-too-often have in our team.
While we have tenacity (Raskin) and aggression (Cantwell) what we lack in the middle is pure strength, actual power, and this boy is a one-man stomping machine.
In many ways he reminds us both physically and style-wise of ex-Milan and Barca star Franck Kessie, the Ivory Coast international currently plying his trade in Saudi, obviously, and he has that ‘tank’ look to him.
He will require some time to get up to speed with his team mates and the Scottish game, but fitness-wise he’s already there and it’s a case of getting in tune.
We were delighted at Ibrox Noise with this boy – because my goodness have we needed some brute force in there for a long time.
We have long-asked for a new Barry Ferguson centrally, mixed with dare we admit it Scott Brown, a strong lad on the ball, enforcing, slapping others around, able to dictate play and tubthump in the middle, while clearly having a spot of class.
It’s early days but Cifuentes could tick those boxes.
His cameo looked absolutely effortless to him, and while he’s going to be a bit rough round the edges while he gets in sync with his team mates, the indications were very positive for Rangers fans.
We really hope the fantastic early signs are a glimpse of what Jose Cifuentes can and will offer Rangers.