'Horrendous', 'Joke' - Rangers fans rage at Murty decision ahead of clash v Aberdeen
Rangers interim boss Graeme Murty has named his side to face Aberdeen at Pittodrie this afternoon – and Gers fans have been left raging on Twitter over the selection of David Bates.
The Gers boss has made one change to the starting XI which eased by the Dons at Ibrox on Wednesday night at Ibrox with Bates coming in to replace the injured Bruno Alves.
The team news was confirmed by the Ibrox giants’ official Twitter account as the Gers look to overhaul Aberdeen’s three-point lead in the Scottish Premiership.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 3, 2017
Two goals from James Tavernier and a Carlos Pena strike secured the points for the Gers at Ibrox in midweek and the Light Blues will be hoping for a similar result in the Granite City.
Fans were baffled with Murty’s decision to pick 21-year-old defender Bates over Fabio Cardoso – with one fan calling Bates “one of the worst” centre-backs “ever” to play for the Glasgow giants.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
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Bad enough Alves is out but to replace him with Bates is just a joke ????
— Kirsten ???? (@kirsten93_) December 3, 2017
goodbye three points
— Callum✌???? (@_Callum1872) December 3, 2017
Confidence = gone
— kerr (@Kerr72_) December 3, 2017
We want cardoso
— Euan (@EG72_) December 3, 2017
Why Bates when Cardoso is available ?
— Lee ???????????????? (@leejclarke1872) December 3, 2017
Bates over Cardoso ☹️
— Jack (@jamsi72) December 3, 2017
Bates over Cardoso give me a break horrendous decision one of the worst centre halfs ever at the club ridiculous decision
— Greig Taylor (@greigtaylor1) December 3, 2017
A win for the Light Blues would see them overtake Derek McInnes’ side in second place in the table on goal difference – a week after fans were worried over a potential 12-point deficit following defeats in back-to-back games before facing the Dons on Wednesday.
Dons’ boss McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to take the reins at the Gers on a permanent basis.