Sunday will be six full weeks since Reo Hatate limped off with a hamstring injury. That’s too long for him to be anywhere close to fully fit, even if he has been working hard this week. We may be able to get 45 minutes out of him, but I know what you’re thinking, we rushed Aaron Mooy back from injury into a big game and he looked a shadow of himself.
I also don’t think we can use him as a second half substitute. The game may go to 120 minutes, we cannot have our subs expiring. If the game is tight, Reo will be used for the first half only, or extra-time.
Liel Abada’s last outing was the same day as Reo’s. He will surely be retained for a late cameo. Jota, on the other hand, was made for occasions like this.
After chairman Douglas Park and director of football Ross Wilson bailed out of Ibrox, chief executive Stewart Robertson yesterday announced he would leave the club in the summer. That’s a lot of organisational knowledge walking out the door at an organisation not known to possess a knowledge surplus. You are right in thinking this is a club unconvinced it is on the path to glory.
Robertson will be replaced by current commercial director, James Bisgrove, the man who did the deal for Newco to participate in the Ange Homecoming Tournament (Sydney Super Cup). Bisgrove was delighted at the deal until he heard our own man, Adrian Filby, negotiated a fee around twice as much and excluded the “Old Firm” phrase from the all promotions.
Bisgrove has been at Ibrox since 2019 and last year agreed a deal with a Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) company, which subsequently went bust. He was the club’s point man in the deal which saw Castore replace Hummel as kit manufacturer. This deal, of course, only last week hit the courts are administrators for Hummel distributor, Elite Sports, successfully asked the court to demand Newco hand over commercial records. He has a consistent touch, at least.