It’s always good when a manager takes risks. I like that in a manager.
You have to be willing to take risks if you’re going to succeed.
What is abhorrent is when a manager takes risks with his players, and throws them into games half-fit.
This has become customary with The Mooch. The man does not care about the well-being of his players, which is why so many of them have gotten injured on his watch. John Lundstram picked up a bad knock at the weekend. He left Ibrox wearing a moon-boot. You would think that would be enough to rule him out of the final.
The Mooch doesn’t care if his players are feeling a little under the weather or even hobbling along on crutches. If there’s a way to get them onto the pitch he’ll find it. Roofe is another player he wants back for the game against us … a player he’s already rushed back to the team and then lost again to an injury problem. It’s like he just doesn’t learn.
But why would he ever learn?
He’s not the one taking the chance, that’s the players themselves. He’s not the one who has to worry about after-career long term health effects from too many pain killers and injuries which are essentially unhealed.
There is no way either of those players can be rushed back in that space of time. I hate it when Callum McGregor puts himself through this, and wish to God for his own sake that he would stop.
But Callum gets the clean bill of health from our medics before he pulls on the shirt and to the best of my knowledge never pushes himself beyond his boundaries.
But at Ibrox they openly boast at having five or six players at a time “playing through the pain barrier” and that shouldn’t happen at any club, and it happens a lot at theirs.