Ibrox Noise covered a few things we learned from Rangers’ glorious triumph v Aberdeen yesterday, and we were slightly unsurprised that most of the feedback centred on our assessment of Ross McCausland.
We suggested that while he was clearly working hard, his level had absolutely dipped since the new deal, and we hoped Philippe Clement could get the best out of him.
This attracted some disagreement, a lot of fans defending McCausland and saying he worked hard and didn’t neglect his defensive duties, while they agreed that his attacking wasn’t maybe as effective as it could be.
Curiously enough, anyone who thinks Sam Lammers and Cyriel Dessers aren’t working hard is possibly a spot misguided, yet those two continue to get pelters for their performances from the same fans defending McCausland.
Three players, all working hard, none producing consistent attacking quality at the moment, but one defended for his life while the other two get dug at.
Because he’s one of us, even though technically he’s not actually an Auchenhowie graduate.
Rangers fans will always try to big up our own youth players, because they’re an absolute rarity.
He’s a dyed-in-the-wool Rangers fan, he’s an international, and he is living his dream, and the dream of every Rangers supporter.
And his eagerness to succeed is etched on his face and every fan willing him to do so.
And he does have the tools to do so – he will work hard and he will run.
That he’s not absolutely cutting it in terms of end product up front right now gets a tonne more slack from fans than Lammers or Dessers guilty of the same thing.
Because they cost £9M combined while Ross is our own lad.
It’s understandable – he was a few quid from Linfield and supporters love a success story from the Academy.
We want that too – he has a touch of the Neil McCann about him, but at the moment, the final product is a little bit short.
But he’s still on the right path.
But fans definitely don’t have the same slack for Messyrs Lammers and Dessers…