Former Rangers forward Andy Little had some interesting comments in a recent Lancashire Evening Post article that could be interpreted as a dig at the climate at his former club.
Of course, a journalist’s task of compiling quotes & the subsequent presentation of the interview is often without context – so it is difficult to truly interpret the meaning of the following:
In terms of the football point of view, I am absolutely loving it here.
There is a really good group of lads at the club. I have only been at one club before I came here, but the camaraderie and friendships among the squad is as good here as I have ever known it.
It certainly was not like that at Rangers.
That’s been a bit different and refreshing as well.
At a passing glance, it looks as if Little is criticizing the environment within Rangers squad of players. While there have been whispers of some conflicts in the squad so far this season, nothing out of the ordinary has surfaced.
Change can often be healthy for an athlete, especially if regular playing time dwindles – as it did for Little.
After scoring 25 goals in 36 appearances in 2012-13, Little only managed five tallies in 26 matches last season. Injuries & the signings of Jon Daly & Nicky Clark hindered Little’s prospects from the get-go.
When he did play, he usually was slotted in a right midfield role by Ally McCoist, rather then his more natural forward position. Couple that, with the club’s decision to not offer him a new contract – bitterness would be expected.
But Little has been nothing but complimentary about Rangers despite the unceremonious exit. Given that, these comments are likely more a reflection of the opportunity that comes with a chance to have a fresh, new start at a new club, than a condemnation of the climate at Rangers.
Little has had a staggered beginning to the season with Preston North End, as his propensity to pick up nagging injuries has followed him down south. After scoring two goals in his first seven matches, Little has missed the past three weeks due to a hamstring injury. He has managed 13 shots on goal so far, with three being on target.
He told the Lancashire Evening Post – “I think in general, it’s been a bit of a frustrating start. It’s been a little bit of a slow start for the team and myself personally. I would have liked to have been in the goals a bit more. Personally I think there’s a lot more to come from me.”
“I have had a couple of niggly injuries, which have been unfortunate but I’m raring to go now and I’m hoping for a really good run of games now.”
Little has returned to training & will look to get back in the lineup in the next League One match with Colchester.