- (in medical or technical contexts) unusually or abnormally low stature or small size.
Two 4-0 defeats in a row. I’m a rational and generally positive person, I could say, “it can happen” but it can’t, and it doesn’t. Without any actual research I can confidently say Rangers have never been beaten 4-0 twice in four days. It’s dog biscuits, and calling the mire we are in right now “dog biscuits” is an insult to DentaStix.
I used the definition of dwarfism, not as a personal attack on our Director of Football, but because it perfectly describes the board’s recent ambition, the manager’s win % away from home and the player’s desire. The idea of passion is denigrated in some corners and while it alone will not win you football matches, as part of the whole footballing package you can clearly see when it isn’t there. When it’s missing alongside a tactical plan, or a plan not being carried out correctly, watching these games unfold is a painful experience that, as a man, I can only liken to a kick in the beanbag.
Blame is not mutually exclusive (unless you’re Connor Goldson, and then it’s everyone else’s fault). Yes, you can blame some more than others. This is a natural response and part and parcel of being a human being – it has to be someone’s fault. Galileo tried to teach us that adding more layers to a system intended to avert disaster often makes catastrophe all the more likely to happen. Football clubs are complex beasts with many moving parts, things will go wrong. However, people are paid handsomely to stop this shit happening. Therefore, Galileo can shut his stupid, pasta eating mouth and I can blame Ross Wilson and the board the most.
Ross Wilson was 21 when he took his first steps in the game with Falkirk. He moved to Watford then Huddersfield Town before being appointed by Southampton in 2015, initially as Director of Scouting and Recruitment before going on to oversee the club’s football operations, including its player trading, following a restructure in November 2018. His one big claim to fame was the Virgil Van Dijk signing – he also signed Guido Carillo, Mohamed Elyanoussi, Wesley Hoedt, Martín Caceres, Juanmi, Florin Gardos, Jordy Clasie, and Mario Lemina. In March 2019 there was a thread Ross Wilson – Why is he still employed by Saints? on a Southampton fan forum with 100s of comments along the lines of “Leaving us with the worst transfer mess in recent decades, if not ever.”
Wilson was lucky – he had joined a club on a massive upwards trajectory. Southampton had finished 14th, 8th and 7th under Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman and in Wilson’s first season there, they signed Van Dijk and finished 6th. Wilson left to join Rangers with Southampton outside the relegation zone on goals scored with 16th and 17th placed finishes in the two previous seasons.
Let’s take a very quick gander at Wilson’s first 18 signings for Rangers (I’m reserving judgement on the last seven because of Lundstram’s law): Hagi, Kamberi, Roofe, Itten, Wright, Balogun, McLaughlin, Simpson, Zungu, Lundstram, Bacuna, Zukowski, Sakala, Ofoborh, Amad, Ramsey, Sands and Bassey.
One massive hit – ring any bells?
Jack – Twitter