Ibrox Noise earlier looked at the reasons why big sales from Rangers doing well in their post-Ibrox lives matters, but we touched on another couple of names that some fans are incredibly frustrated about.
Cedric Itten and Niko Katic are both absolutely thriving at their new clubs in Switzerland, Ced with Young Boys and Katic at Zurich.
They are the top two clubs in the league this season, Niko’s Zurich currently holding bragging rights over Ced’s Champions League outfit, and while YB are crashing at that level, Ced has bagged himself a goal nevertheless.
And for once, there isn’t an iota of blame on Michael Beale for these two, both of these are squarely at the feet of Steven Gerrard then Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
The loss of both of these players and how shoddily they were treated at Rangers is a sad story of mismanagement and bias, of favouritism and a lack of impartiality.
Both Gerrard and Gio were guilty in these two players’ cases of having no interest in either, and Gio’s treatment of Katic was especially rotten, from the Croat’s own account.
Itten showed many times he was a pure goalscorer, just like Antonio Colak, who needed service and he’d thrive. He was never given that chance. And Katic, Rangers’ former ‘human cannonball’ was willing to walk through lava for Rangers, but Gerrard just dumped him and Gio wasn’t interested thereafter.
How both are now thriving in a very strong league, Switzerland, shows just how badly this club treats some players who just aren’t in the clique.
We are very, very, very much crossing our fingers new manager Philippe Clement does not fall into that same trap, of picking ‘familiar’ or ‘favourite’ players and dumping the fringe ones who could be so much more. Time will tell on that front.
But dumping Katic and Itten were mistakes from both Stevie and Gio. And both cost us big time.
Michael Beale is not the only ex-Rangers manager with abhorrent judgement on players.