Let me start by saying that I have supported Walter Smith and Sir David Murray through thick and thin but the potential sales of Kris Boyd and Barry Ferguson are definitely on the “thick” side, if looked on with any type of optimism.
If the Ibrox club were going to get £10 million for the pair in some crazy deal, then sure, think about it but £3.5 million (Only £2.5 million of which is guaranteed) for Boyd and a further £2.5 million for our Captain, Ferguson, smacks of desperation. Are we really in such a hole that we have to sell our best players to smaller teams in smaller leagues every time we receive a semi-decent offer?
Sadly, it appears so, and every Rangers fan should realise this and accept it.
Kris Boyd has 21 goals in 23 games this season. I’d hedge my bets and say that is the best record in Britain, if not Europe. And, he hasn’t even started in all those games! Without him, Rangers would have walked away from last year’s quadruple season with absolutely nothing. Who cares if he doesn’t score against Celtic? He scores enough in other games to make up for that and more.
The thought of replacing him with David Healy is preposterous! The Northern Irish International has never been impressive in club football from any side, and I’d rather we promote from within. It is sad that even championship clubs are paying better wages than Rangers, but we have Tore Andre Flo and the likes of Sky Sports to thank for that. What would Boyd really gain from such a move? Nothing, as they may not even get promoted, and Rangers would lose out on another £1 million.
I can’t believe that many sane Rangers fans would want Boyd out, but it wouldn’t surprise me after reading the fans’ responses to the possibility of Barry Ferguson leaving the club. The Ibrox legend appears to be taking the brunt of current Rangers’ criticism, but why all the negativity?
He has never shirked his responsibility for this club and has played through injury after injury with pain killing injection after injection for club and country. The reason it takes him so long to recover from injury and regain his form and fitness is the effort he has put in for Rangers in the pastâ€”a true blue who deserves to retire at Ibrox.
I’ve read comments by Newcastle United fans ready to welcome the Rangers’ captain with open arms, while the Ibrox faithful are more than willing to stab him in the back.
What short memories we have in Glasgow?
Ferguson has played over 400 times for his beloved Gers, and I, for one, would love to see him play 500 times or more.
If Rangers’ fans don’t want to look at the past, in the case of Barry Ferguson, then, why are they so willing to look into the past in order to hang Sir David Murray?
It saddens me to see our once attractive club fall to the level of a selling club, as make no mistake, that is what we now are. If Boyd and Ferguson have to go, to cement the future of this great club, then so be it.
Walter Smith is working with limited resourcesâ€”seeing his best players taken away from him during every single transfer window.
Would you like to work in those conditions?
I doubt it and nor would any manager better than Smith. So get behind the nine in a row hero, look forward to claiming back those five points on Celtic, and winning the Scottish Premier Leagueâ€”instead of undermining every bit of the club at every single opportunity.
Written by Andrew McNair and previously published on Rangers Media, the premier source for all Rangers FC news.