18 players who really never should have left Rangers

18 players who really never should have left Rangers
Rangers' Swiss striker Cedric Itten celebrates after scoring their fifth goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, 2nd leg football match between Rangers and Royal Antwerp at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on February 25, 2021. - Rangers won the game 5-2. (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Ibrox Noise’s audience has been brilliant recently. We owe you all a massive word of thanks, not just for the constructive comments and inspiring response we’ve been getting on all things Rangers, but the ideas you’re giving us, on top of our own original content.

Expansive thought and listening to others’ ideas has always been a hallmark of Ibrox Noise, and we must say recent comments from the audience have been especially fertile, and yet another regular pointed out something both brilliant and chronically depressing in equal measure.

If we go back about 5 years, the number of absolutely outstanding performers this club has let go out of purely bad management, decision-making and general misjudgement is utterly dire, and boy do we hope new manager Philippe Clement is the end of such horrific calls.

Going back that half decade, we can offer a depressing litany of players who have either torn other leagues up having either been let out on loan by Ibrox bosses/managers or who have outright been sold despite their impressive lot in Govan.

Ianis Hagi, Cedric Itten, Alex Lowry, Filip Helander, Leon Balogun, Antonio Colak, Fabio Cardoso, Ryan Hardie, Daniel Candeias, Greg Docherty, Scott Arfield, Nikola Katic, Nathan Patterson, Lewis Mayo, Calvin Bassey, Joe Aribo, Mateusz Zukowski and James Sands.

Now while one or two of these could be accused of ‘reaching’, the likes of James Sands and Zukowski have absolutely thrived since departing despite being utterly lambasted in Govan.

Helander is now back in the Sweden fold, Hagi is tearing up LaLiga, Colak was on fire for us, and Cardoso is a major first pick for Porto.

Meanwhile we have Ben Davies, Sam Lammers and Cyriel Dessers.

We’re not claiming every single one of these players is world class and is a heinous error, but there’s absolutely no denying a tonne of misjudgement and mismanagement has taken place at Ibrox over the past 5 years, and it’s safe to say Nathan Patterson would be better for Rangers at Ibrox than Goodison.

Instead it’s James Tavernier.

Of course, we do mean a clean slate for everyone under PC, including Tav, but boy, on the face of it, has our club made some absolute bum calls over the years.

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