Why end of season awards highlight a sorry state of affairs at Rangers
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Believe it or not, Rangers were celebrating the achievements of a number of their players on Sunday night, despite an earlier defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic.
The club hosted their annual awards ceremony to recognise the best talent at Ibrox over the past year, crowning their Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.
Unsurprisingly, it was veteran performer Kenny Miller who scooped the Player of the Year award, as confirmed by the club’s official website early on Monday morning.
Meanwhile, Emerson Hyndman won the Young Player of the Year award for his efforts since arriving at the club on loan in January.
However, although the two players have performed well for Rangers this term, their award hauls highlight just how poor a season it has been for the club, and how little quality there is in the squad at Ibrox.
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First and foremost, the fact that the awards went to these two players in particular, is cause for concern.
Miller is 37-years-old, yet is still by far the best player in the Rangers camp – and he might not even be at the club next season, with his current contract set to expire in the summer.
His experience and goalscoring ability have been vital to keeping Rangers afloat this term, but in reality the rest of the squad should be performing just as well, if not better.
As for Hyndman, he has only been at the club for a matter of months, yet has been deemed the best young player at the club.
It’s not as if Rangers are short of young talent.
Barrie McKay (22) and Joe Dodoo (21) have also been in fine form for the Rangers first team this season, but they have been bettered by a player with just three months experience in Scotland.
Hyndman has though, been a fantastic signing for the club, with four goals and four assists from 14 appearances. But like Miller, there has been such little competition.
It’s yet another sign of a sorry state of affairs at Rangers this season, following the dismissal of Mark Warburton, and the continued failure to compete with rivals Celtic in domestic competitions.
Pedro Caixinha has a monumental task ahead of him this summer in rebuilding the squad if Rangers are to even come close to mounting a title challenge next season.
In other Rangers news, Patrick Roberts has hit out at Andy Halliday for his horror tackle during the clash with Celtic.