It’s safe to say the majority of Rangers fans were not impressed by Nico Raskin at St Mirren Stadium on Saturday, and it’s the latest in a long line of underwhelming performances from the Belgian, ever since that stupid interview he gave dismissing Rangers as a ‘stepping stone’ in his career.
Ibrox Noise took to the polls to get some exact numbers, and we offered Raskin or Sterling as the partner for Lundstram, and it’s safe to say the answer was unequivocal.
Of around 900 votes at the time of asking, only 99 wanted Raskin as Lunny’s partner, the rest, 88% all wanted Sterling.
Dujon Sterling, of course, has been excellent as DM when used this season, winning December’s POTM for his superb performances, which is why the manager decided to play him as a LW in Paisley…
But Raskin was another to fail to shine, and if we look at his numbers, there’s evidence of a real lack of graft. In his position, his passing was 73%, which is alright in those conditions. He managed 3 tackles and 2 clearances which was adequate as well, but as he has the majority of this season, he didn’t stand out nor look hard at work.
He looks like he’s going through the motions, and very much becoming at Rangers what he was at Liege, just as Cantwell likewise did at Norwich.
And fans, for the bulk, agree.
Sterling is the better option, and we can’t help wondering why Clement is picking Raskin in there. It didn’t work today, and it hasn’t worked most of the season.
We know the Belgian is waiting for a good offer from some bigger league, he’s made that perfectly clear, but he’s not playing like a man possessed determined to earn such a move.
We have no issues with players who do want to better themselves in big shiny leagues – that is where the money is. But proudly proclaiming it in the middle of your current contract is not an ideal move, while dismissing your current team as a stepping stone.
We loved Raskin, absolutely loved him, till we learned that love wasn’t mutual. At least, not any more. And the performances have reflected his desire to move on.
We’d like Sterling in there for good now thanks Philippe!