Lewis Macleod’s seemingly likely move to Brentford is a punch to the gut of Rangers supporters.
Here was a kid who was meant to become the superstar that rose from the ashes of the past few years. He played with passion & grit & professionalism – all three of those characteristics are missing from nearly every other player in this current squad.
Now, his departure isn’t necessarily a surprise. A couple of weeks ago I wrote:
Of course, any plan moving forward for Rangers should include Lewis Macleod. He appears to be a special talent, a player you would like to build your team around & thrust into a leadership position at a early age. However, given the current context of Rangers Football Club – you may have to prepare for the departure of the club’s finest homegrown talent since Barry Ferguson. With teams like Aston Villa, Everton, & Newcastle United ready to prepare offers beginning at £2 million, we may be seeing the final days of Macleod starring for Rangers.
The initial reports had the transfer fee hovering around £1.5 – £2 million – now the supposed price tag has dropped to £1 million? Jeez, where’s the business acumen? Oh wait…I forgot who we’re talking about.
For Macleod a move to England was inevitable & going to a Championship side like Brentford is a smarter choice then moving to a Premier League team where he may have to wait a year or two to sniff first team football. Maybe Macleod forced Rangers hand in this case. Who knows? But it’s a sensible move for a player that has succeeded despite the previous manager’s handling of the player. Macleod never publicly complained about being playing out of position, but there were times when his body language on the pitch said otherwise. But he bit his lip & bided his time.
The time has come & it looks as if Rangers will now have to figure out what to do without it’s best player. More Steven Smith…yaaay!