There’s a lot to digest from last night’s debacle in Govan, and the name on the lips of so many Rangers fans is Sam Lammers, and ‘why’.
We have actually defended the Dutch player more than most, trying to bring attention to his workrate, and the contribution he was making to the initially-winning Rangers under Philippe Clement.
But in the last two outings Rangers have been very, very poor, and come away with exactly what they deserved – underwhelming draws, and as such, Lammers’ place in the XI has come under the microscope more than most.
There’s no question that this was a very, very bad signing. Ibrox Noise opposed it from the start, with football having generally given up on the once-promising PSV youth graduate. 8 or 9 goals in 5 years for a striker showed exactly where the boy was in the food chain of the sport, and with another career fail at Sampdoria, Lammers was one Atalanta wrote £5.5M off when they found a miracle in Beale’s Rangers wanting to bring him in.
Let’s be fair to the boy – he has a big heart, does not hide, and genuinely, truly wants to do well for us. He wants to get his career going again, and he’s never backed off from a challenge. He does work hard. Unlike some he’s not a ‘waste of a jersey’ per se.
But unfortunately not a single thing he does, save the odd decent pass now and then, is of any real use to the team, and his composure is completely missing. He gets a nose bleed when he has a decent chance.
He is bereft of confidence, and that promising kid from Eindhoven is long gone. Lammers is a complete and total dud.
So, why oh why is Philippe Clement sticking with him? The man knows a football player, right? Surely he can tell how staggeringly poor Lammers is now?
Maybe the Dutchman contributed a bit initially under Clement, but now with the side falling all over itself to be rubbish, it’s very, very hard to continue to defend the lad. And that goes for Clement’s selection of him as much as the player’s own ability.
5 bad years tells you Lammers just doesn’t have it to compete at the highest levels or under serious pressure – we hate the players being booed but we understand why fans are infuriated.
And so sticking with him and putting him under the microscope repeatedly when he evidently struggles with the pressure is a poor call from the boss.
We’re not blaming Lammers – he didn’t sign himself, that was on Beale. And he didn’t select himself, that was on Beale and now Clement.
We’re stuck with him for 4 years because Beale reckoned the lad was a hell of a player. Clement clearly didn’t get the joke and insists on picking him.
We sympathise with him – he does just want to succeed for us, but into December now and Lammers is as far away as he ever has been from impressing anyone.