'Absolutely mental' - These Rangers fans baffled by pundit's bizarre combined Old Firm XI
Former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs is feeling the wrath of some Rangers supporters after naming his ‘combined XI’ ahead of the Old Firm derby on Saturday.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun ahead of the game, Stubbs was asked to put the two squads together to pick his ultimate XI.
Despite their domestic dominance this season, Stubbs only named six Rangers players in his starting XI.
By their nature, these concept teams are designed to be controversial, but the former St Mirren boss might be taking it to a whole new level with some of his picks.
Upfront, he snubbed both Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe in favour of Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard.
The decision to leave out Roofe is simply mind-boggling. The Rangers forward has 10 league goals in 11 starts, a total that is one fewer than both Edouard and Griffiths combined.
Edouard in favour of Morelos makes sense considering the latter’s lack of goals and inconsistencies this season – but the decision to leave out Roofe entirely makes a mockery of the team.
The strange decisions continue in the midfield too – there is no place for either Glen Kamara or Joe Aribo who have both impressed this season.
Meanwhile, neither Filip Helander nor Leon Balogun make the team alongside Conor Goldson – despite Rangers conceding just five times in the league this season.
It was a team that caused much confusion and bewilderment and these Rangers supporters have been reacting to the XI online.
Griffiths or Eduoard in place of Roofe…😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/jm7ObDOhQP
— Matt⚡️Honda ™ (@uberhonda) December 30, 2020
Only Edouard, McGregor and Turnbill from them would make my match day squad with only Edouard starting! Griffiths? 😂😂. Helander at the back, Kamara mid, Hagi & Roofe up front.
— Christiano84 (@christiano_84) December 30, 2020
— NeilC80 (@NeilC80) December 30, 2020
— Dan Stewart (@dstewart1810) December 30, 2020
Turnbull has barely kicked a ball all season , just shows the quality Celtic have he’s been picked 😂
— Stuart Bain 🏴 (@1986RFC01) December 30, 2020
McGregor over Kamara 🤣 Griffiths over Roofe/Morelos 🤣turnbull over Arfield 🤣
— 🇬🇧 Stewart 🇬🇧 (@stewartboyack) December 31, 2020