There is still talk about Rangers’ Todd Cantwell, and his own role in his removal from Ibrox early on Thursday.
We stand by much of what we said about Philippe Clement’s own mistake and part the boss played in what ended up an unnecessary controversy – but we also agree completely with those who criticise Cantwell too for his poor attitude.
We called that out months ago, discussing that his nonsense with Chris Sutton was an unneeded distraction and pointing out his preseason was far from impressive, with the ex-Norwich man looking like the hype about his previous season had gone to his head.
And there’s no question his attitude wasn’t good enough on Thursday either, a lack of effort, losing the ball for the opening goal and not grafting enough to get it back.
He lost the ball a bit easily, made a pathetic claim for a foul, stopped playing entirely, then Aris ran up the other end and scored.
Clement didn’t like this, and removed him.
We agree. Cantwell’s attitude has been off for a while, well before Clement arrived – as we said earlier, effectively he’s become too big for his boots and lost his focus.
But let’s also remember he IS being played completely out of position.
As we said, stick John Souttar in midfield, his defensive instincts will kick in. Put Tavernier at RB, and he’ll play like a winger….
But you see our point – it’s a combination of two bad factors. A manager who has screwed up his handling of Cantwell and simply isn’t the right boss to get the best of him as well as putting him out of position, but the player himself who seems to have a bit of ego, a lack of common sense, and is now falling into the same trap he did at Norwich.
And that was losing his focus, his direction, and while his head hasn’t been obviously turned this time by interest from another team, it’s clear that the boy isn’t a properly professional player and Clement isn’t standing for it.
Only one man will win this and we can’t see it being the playmaker. He must buck up his ideas and fast.