Thursday’s result was a huge frustration for everyone involved at the club. From a seemingly comfortable position we managed to lose a game we really shouldn’t have. Unfortunately for us we also contrived to make monumental individual errors and unfortunately James Tavernier was at the forefront of both.
We don’t need to dissect both mistakes, everyone who saw the games will know that our captain has blundered and the problem with Tav is, when he makes mistakes, they are always extremely costly.
But in my opinion you take the rough with the smooth with our captain and we stand by him. It was only on Saturday that we saw him score twice and produce an assist with a lovely cross for Greg Stewart. It’s true to say he hasn’t quite hit the form of last season but form is a funny thing. Look at Borna Barisic, it’s taken Borna over a year to finally show confidence and he now looks like he is flying.
What James Tavernier gives us more than makes us for what he doesn’t. That’s not to say we accept his mistakes, ultimately if he can’t stop making them and it does cost us then he will be replaced in the long run, that’s just the reality of the situation.
Suppose the biggest disappointment is Young Boys looked far poorer than sides we have beaten before in this tournament. Hopefully we can make up for it at Ibrox but it is the Porto double header where things become really important for us. If we want to qualify picking up something either away to them or Feyenoord is an absolute must.
But those games will take care of themselves and Hamilton is first up tomorrow before a two week break for international games.
Hamilton will come with stubborn resistance but on the day that a hero will be present in the stands and perhaps even on the pitch at HT, lets hope our own players are inspired to show similar. Paul Gascoigne looks well and hopefully his new management team look after him.
With Rangers now close to announcing Ross Wilson as new DOF the club continue to go from strength to strength off the park. That deal is imminent with personal terms and assurances, sought by Wilson on the club’s financial strength, all being satisfied. A deal with Southampton is the only thing to be agreed upon his return to the club.
The murmurings of the club’s move for Wilson had been growing since the start of the week until it broke last night after another great bit of info from the same account that broke Mark Allen formally leaving.
Wilson is a strong appointment, a fan of the club with friends within and knows exactly what it is all about. As now covered in the press, Steven Gerrard personally phoned the man to discuss the move and both are said to be excited about the future ahead.
As I continually tell you on this blog Rangers are in a strong financial position, we have solid investors behind us and that financial assurances were easily given to Wilson. These scaremongering stories that appear about our club continue to be shown up as nonsense with every passing minute, just as I told you there was no £10m bill for Sports Direct either and there won’t be anytime soon.
On the pitch new contracts are on the horizon for Alan McGregor, Ryan Jack and Niko Katic, amongst others, as Rangers begin to plan for next season. Tying down our assets and rewarding players is a fantastic sign of our intentions.
The club continue to strengthen and ready itself for future challenges, the appointment of a strong DOF can be taken as another sign of intent from a board determined to deliver the club back to where it belongs.
We have all now saw that the upgrade and revamp of Ibrox continues with a fantastic new dining area for the players and staff. That along with continued improvements to the stadium and the training centre represent a determination to continue to raise the standards of the club.
Good luck to the team tomorrow, let’s get back on the rails with a really strong performance before the international break and good luck especially to our captain, the fans stand with you whilst you wear our shirt.
As ever and as every day shows you more and more ;
Ignore the nonsense, the irrelevant and the noise
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