If one theme has started to emerge from some Rangers fans, it’s the simple question of binary maths. Despite having what we now believe to be an excellent manager at the helm, you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.
In other words, how do we get footballers out of Cyriel Dessers and Sam Lammers?
These two bear the brunt of the jokes, but there’s a strong case in favour of both of them, and that case is called Abdallah Sima.
The Senegal man’s redemption was completed when he got his call up back to the national team, following a bit of a wilderness, and following his being absolutely lambasted by fans for the last two months, his impressive form and goals return of the past month or so has seen reluctant credit being given to him.
By the same supporters who are still berating Dessers and Lammers.
We’re not claiming Philippe Clement can turn these two into Haaland and Mbappe, but there was once a player in both of them, and The Mick absolutely wasn’t the man to bring that player back out.
Thanks to his mismanagement, already-struggling players only looked even worse at Rangers. His system didn’t suit them, they looked lost, and they had fans on their backs quickly.
Ibrox Noise has already explained it’s a clean slate, even including for James Tavernier and Connor Goldson – it also applies to everyone else, including Dessers and Lammers.
And it’s not impossible that Clement can find a way into their heads to get the best from them.
These guys were once great players – Lammers a long time ago in Holland, Dessers as recently as a couple of seasons ago. They are not rotten, even despite their recent CVs being dire. We shouldn’t have admittedly signed them based on that.
But Clement is talented, he’s good at what he does, and he might just have a few tricks up his sleeve to breathe new life into these diabolical performers.
If Abdallah Sima can turn it around under a shambolic manager like The Mick, maybe a great manager can do the same for Dessers and Lammers.
Time will tell.