The decision making at Ibrox continues to lean towards being more bizarre then thoughtful.
The club announced today that several of it’s loaned out players are returning for the new year. Robbie Crawford (who no longer could get a game with Morton), Calum Gallagher, Kyle McAusland, Tom Walsh, & Craig Halkett are all coming back to develop under the guidance of Rangers management team.
Two noticeable names missing from that list are Barrie McKay & Luca Gasparotto. Two players who saw first team time with Rangers back in 2012-13 were deemed better served continuing their loans with Raith Rovers & Airdrie.
McKay, who has starred for Raith Rovers against Scottish Championship teams – had made it clear that all he wants is a chance to play first team football. Clearly, Kenny McDowall was not prepared to make that kind of commitment.
McKay took to Twitter to express his disappointment from being snubbed, again, by Rangers.
Not to be overlooked here is the dismissal of Gasparotto. He has gone to Airdrie & helped establish one of the best defensive teams in League One – they have only conceded four goals in their last eight matches.
Also, given that Gasparotto’s contract expires at the end of the season – the message to the Canadian youngster is – ‘your future lies elsewhere.’ Given that Gasparotto is on the cusp of playing for Canada’s national team – this is an interesting discouraging decision by Rangers.
UPDATE: Gasparotto is expected to miss up to a month league football in January for the 2015 CONCACAF U20 tournament in Jamaica. This appears to have spurred Rangers decision to let the Canadian finish the season with Airdrie.