Mystery surrounds Rangers players Ryan Jack and Ridvan Yilmaz this morning after Michael Beale mysteriously claimed the two were injured and had to be withdrawn at half time v Aberdeen, and yet neither of them had had any kind of obviously visual issue in that 45, leading to some speculation.
Indeed, the claim is swirling this morning that both Jack and the Turkish lad ‘spoke up’ at half time following a horrific 45, prompting Michael Beale to replace them both immediately as a matter of discipline rather than necessity.
It is absolutely true that the manager’s word is final, and should always be respected, but if there is any truth in this story, that players have started to revolt in the dressing room, it really sounds the death knell for the boss.
Of course, it’s every possibility that the two, who have a rancid history for injury problems, really did just take knocks we didn’t see, and really were just removed on an injury basis – officially we have to stick with that angle and add them to the list for now.
But given the team clearly isn’t playing for Michael Beale any more and more than a few players’ contributions are being questioned, there is every possibility Jack and Ridvan did have a few words in the dressing room and Beale was having none of it.
Of course, the oddity would be Ridvan, who seems like a quiet little mouse in there, somehow standing up and barking back at Beale and telling him how it is – that feels like a bit of a stretch. Jack is more likely to do such a thing, even though he doesn’t quite scream at us as a big loud bold personality either, in fairness.
Either way, whether all is not well in the dressing room or the two of them are actually injured – neither situation is ideal, not by a long shot.
It adds up to yet more drama in the basket case that seems to be Rangers Football Club these days.