I never cease to be amazed by how many of our fans get overly concerned over “headline signings” at Ibrox.
I remember sitting, incredulously, with two media guys from London two years ago when they had their big January when they brought in Aaron Ramsey and Amado Diallo listening to them talk about what an exciting window it was for them.
Ramsey had barely kicked a ball for years. Diallo had signed for Manchester Utd for an almost obscene sum as a “coming player” and had flopped spectacularly.
But they were signings that generated a lot of headlines, and that seemed to be the important thing.
In contrast, we had gone out and signed three players most people in Scotland had never heard of; Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Matt O’Riley. None of them was a “name”, none had the reputation Diallo had arrived in England with or the rep Ramsey had carried throughout his career.
The media was jubilant. We had been upstaged in a big way.
Hatate, who was to prove himself the most exciting midfield player in the country, was the object of scorn on Radio Clyde when an ex-Ibrox player openly mocked him as a “utility player”, and as everyone knows they are useless. (In the same program he lavished praise on James Sands, who he said was quality in several different positions, which is what every club is looking for.) O’Riley was a second choice after our first option went elsewhere. Maeda was coming on a six-month loan with an option to buy. We certainly didn’t get major headlines.
Yet these were the three players who were to win us the title. All of them hit the ground running. They were magnificent against the Ibrox club, with Hatate and O’Riley running their midfield ragged at Celtic Park on that magical night we went top of the league.
Ibrox does like its bling. It does like to make a splash. But if we go about our business right, bring in what we need and support the manager’s vision rather than the pitiful needs of the bean-counters and the salving of Mark Lawwell’s ego, we will win this title.
They have their headlines. That’s all they got last time. Diallo was a massive waste of time and money and Ramsey … haha we all know what he’s famous for.
Not since Joey Barton arrived to great fanfare and talk that he would be player of the year was there such a sterling example of the media not knowing what the Hell it is talking about when it slurps over Ibrox business.
Don’t let any of it bother you. I am not in the least bit concerned that the media is reporting that their new boy turned us down.
I would be more concerned if I actually believed them – which I don’t – as I wrote last week when I looked at his dire scoring record, or lack thereof.
If we were interested, consider this a lucky escape and a blessing in disguise and hope that we make better decisions going forward. But don’t worry about it. Just think about the game at the weekend and then trust that Brendan Rodgers will get his men.
They might not make immediate headlines or earn us worthless “bragging rights” but if Rodgers is backed their impact over the second half of the season will be what matters.
Then we’ll get the headlines and a lot more besides.