As the dust settles from Sunday the disappointment is still as evident as it was come full time. Not often that we have completely let ourselves down in a ninety minutes under Steven Gerrard, but Sunday certainly ranks up there with the worst of them
It’s not often that I would say the management got it wrong either. As the team was announced the mutterings of ‘Where’s the width’ could be heard throughout Ibrox. Yes it was only 1 outfield change from the team that won 2-0 a few months earlier, but when that one change is an attacking ‘out ball’ winger it certainly makes a difference
Much like the ultimate Rangers rollercoaster, we experienced the highs of beating Warsaw on Thursday and European qualification, to the lows of Sunday.
Worth remembering however it’s only 3 points and nothing is won or lost four games in
Of course it means a whole lot more to all of us but it’s how we react which is so much more important now
The arrival of Ryan Kent certainly picked up the mood of the support as he swooped back in late on deadline day. Those that follow my blog will know I have written all summer that I have never given up home of his return. It was late Sunday evening when the news came through that he was on his way for an eye watering £7m. There was a lot of trepidation as I took in that news, I also didn’t want to put it out there and upset everyone should it not happen. Instead a tweet of ‘tomorrow will be a better day’ was probably as cruel as it was meant to be a pick me up to the support
Indeed the return of the Jewel in the crown, that is Kent, gives Rangers a huge boost and brings an end to a successful transfer window. Why is it successful? Well the club have kept hold of our big assets in Morelos and Tavernier whilst adding quality in the likes of Aribo, Davis, Helander and Kent.
Those four will strengthen the starting eleven as the season goes on and our team settles down. The arrivals of the Andy King’s, Brandon Barkers & Jordan Jones, to name but a few, will strengthen the options as the games begin to come quick and fast
The European qualification is another huge achievement for the club and that influx of cash has been delivered with the arrival of Kent. The pressure will be on him but we all know what he is capable of. We have seen the promising starts to the careers of Ojo and Aribo, we must stick with them and give them time. They are young but have shown huge quality, you add the Running power of Kent and his intelligence to find runs of team mates and all of a sudden you can see an exciting dynamic we have missed
The thing with the lads brought in who maybe aren’t considered starters by most supporters, it’s worth remembering injuries and loss of form will create opportunities. Already Jordan Jones and Brandin Barker look to miss several weeks with knocks, we also know Jon Flanagan needs another Hernia tidy up. These players will get their chance as the games begin to rack up thick and fast
The only question mark of the summer has been the left back situation and Rangers failure to rectify that. But does it need rectified? Surely a Croatian international has the ability to excel here in our team? With Jon Flanagan’s injury once again flaring up, perhaps it’s time to give Borna ten games on the bounce and decide for sure if he can actually cut it? He has quality, his man marking job on Gareth Bale for his country proves that, he now has to show the heart
Rangers were of course linked with swoops for Phil Foden and striker Moussa Konate on deadline day, both strongly denied by the club. It’s fair to say the board have delivered their promises in backing the management to the tune of £12 million pounds.
It’s up to us now to kick on when we return from international break. We can perform a lot better and players individually will know that unless they perform to their capabilities others are waiting on the wings
The good thing is the games will come quickly on return and we have plenty of opportunity to kick on once again. As I said above, nothing is won or lost four games into the league
I’m backing the team to return strongly with a point to prove and go on a run of form required to be successful this season.
We have the squad and the tools required to do it, we have the management determined to bring that success
Before I finish I just want to thank everyone who attended of RYDC fundraiser at the Louden Tavern last Friday evening. Your donations and help have taken our fundraising to £12,000 for our Youth development company. I hope to return with another live show next year and hopefully it will be as successful as last week – thank you all!
Let’s return strong from this international break, go on a run of form off the pitch and get behind them from the stands
Ignore the nonsense, the irrelevant and the noise