The phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” was apparently popularised by the American businessman Bert Lance who served under Jimmy Carter when he was quoted saying it in the May 1977 issue of the magazine Nation’s Business and the phrase has never been more popular throughout the English speaking world than it is today well over 37 years later.
It’s such a simple expression, but it’s open and generic nature means that it applies perfectly to an almost infinite number of circumstances and situations in life from the simplest of circumstances or tasks like DIY in the home to more involved situations and tasks like a football team and the job of managing it, the job which is currently bestowed upon Ally McCoist at Rangers.
The reason I think the expression warrants a mention here is that on Monday night against Clyde at Ibrox we witnessed the best performance we’ve seen from a Rangers team for a considerable amount of time. Yes, it wasn’t a great performance from Barry Ferguson’s Clyde team, but you can only beat what’s put in front of you as they say and Ally’s starting XI on Monday absolutely demolished Clyde.
With the news that Fraser Aird who started on the right wing on Monday is likely to miss the Dumbarton game tomorrow through injury and the other news that Ian Black is back to full fitness and ready to return to the team, I’d like to urge Ally to at least consider not trying to fix something which possibly isn’t broken because he has several options in his squad to replace Aird almost like-for-like.
Ally could play any one of Calum Gallagher, Barrie McKay or David Templeton on the right wing instead of the injured Aird and instead of shuffling the pack to fit the returning Ian Black into the midfield, Ally could leave him on the bench and see if Monday night’s team with just a single change on the right hand side can replicate the excellent performance we saw against Clyde.
Ok, so Jig wasn’t fantastic against Clyde, but it’s fair to say that he did a lot better than most of us expected him to, so it begs the question: Why bring in Black again immediately, especially when we know that Ally is highly unlikely to bench his skipper Jig and would instead somehow shuffle the formation around?
With Aird being so pacy and direct is there maybe a good shout for young Gallagher to come in on the right given that he’s pacy and direct himself as well as strong on the ball for holding off defenders tracking back? Not only that, but Gallagher showed during an underwhelming pre-season for the squad overall (results and performance wise), that he’s got goals in him and is worthy of consideration for a start from our current pool of players.
One thing’s almost certain, Ally does still seem to have been looking for a line-up and formation to settle on which includes his skipper Jig, no matter what anyone thinks. That was clearly highlighted by him moving big Jig back from the striking role he played in the 4th tier into central defense to partner Bilel Mohsni for last season, then moving him forward into midfield on Monday after a season playing in defense.
In all fairness to the skipper though, not only did he show on Monday night that he knows where the back of the net is with a couple of cracking goals, but he also showed his experience at it’s best and pulled off some almost effortless and very tidy passing. As we relentlessly went on the attack and tore Barry Ferguson’s shell shocked Clyde team a new rear end, big Jig showed why he might actually be at least a half decent shout instead of Law or Black in central midfield.
As ever, there’s no guessing what the manager will decide to do, but we’ll find out tomorrow afternoon in what I’m sure we’re all hoping will be great game against young manager and ex-Ger, Ian Murray’s Dumbarton side.
I’ll repeat again though… If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
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