So it turns out Dujon Sterling can actually play a bit. Who’d a thunk it?
In reality Ibrox Noise and many Rangers fans have been lobbying for him in at right back, his natural position, for a very long time, but with Mr Untouchable permanently installed there Sterling had no chance of getting any play time.
But new manager Philippe Clement has been finding ways around this, a 24-year-old defender who has patiently, so patiently waited on his time to shine, and reportedly has been massively impressing in training, so much so that the Belgian boss was eager to use him on Saturday when Cifu was given his marching orders.
“He played a really good game in a position he never plays. But I see what I see in training, he is working hard. He wants to get minutes in whatever position and he was important against Hearts as left full-back, then in midfield (against Dundee), he can play right full-back and he can also play as a winger. So if he keeps pushing like that then he will get more minutes in the next couple of weeks, that’s clear because he deserves it.”
The crucial word here is ‘deserves’. Clement has now made a clear statement that the deputy for RB is going to play more, and deserves to do so, and it does beg the question of where he plays.
Rangers do have a midfield crisis right now – just John Lundstram is actually fit and Cifu is both suspended and not really shining significantly, while Nico Raskin could well be out for months, and Ryan Jack isn’t fit not to mention Tom Lawrence either.
So there’s a real opening for Sterling there, because he ain’t getting Tav’s slot come hell or high water no matter how he plays.
But the manager does want to use him, and going by Clement’s words Sterling has earned the right now to be used more.
So we’ll find out exactly where he uses him, which we suspect will be midfield on Thursday.