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Why Glasgow Rangers and Scotland’s Kirk Broadfoot Deserves Respect

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Let’s face it, Rangers fans couldn’t agree on the colour of s***e these days (no, it is not green, not in this context anyway). I’m also wondering if some of us even know what s**t is?

Kirk Broadfoot is not shit, Kirk Broadfoot is not brilliant but Kirk Broadfoot is an honest player. Not a first division player as some people would have you believe but a decent Scottish Premier League player who does a top job for Rangers.

All we hear all the time is how bad a player he is and I’m fed up with it, no one has ever said he is a great player, no one has ever expected the sun to shine from his big feet but I do expect him to get respect. Alan Hutton is gone but some people are struggling to face up to that.

Anyway back to Kirk, everyone knows he isn’t the ideal solution but simply put, the now Scotland international has stood up to be counted when many of his team mates have simply been disappointing. I was the same as most last season, watching the UEFA Cup run on TV, I cringed at the big defender and was constantly shouting at him to put his f*****g arm down.

Again however, I have since realised it was players like Kirk that got us to the UEFA Cup Final. The fact he constantly had his arm in the air and making space to receive the ball meant he was standing up, when many players were hiding, big Kirk wanted the ball. Every team needs players like Broadfoot, players willing to take responsibility, players willing to take it on the chin.

In an ideal world, he would never have sniffed the first team, we all know that but not only did he sniff the first team, he established himself and pushed on for international honours.

Fair play to him.

I for one do not believe Scotland play first division players (not first division players in this country anyway) and when I sat 10 metres away from him at Hampden as Scotland took on the worlds best, Argentina (not Airdrie vs. Greenock Morton), I was more than impressed.

When faced with the Carlos Tevez’s and Javier Mascherano’s of this world, he didn’t change his game, he didn’t panic, he as usual wanted the ball, got forward and was willing to stand on it like any normal day in training. After the recent defeat to Celtic, Kirk put his hand up and said he let Scott McDonald get away from him. Well done to him but as far as I was concerned, Rangers problems were at the other end.

This fan has faith in Kirk Broadfoot and looks forward to seeing his name on the team sheet for a while to come.

Written by Andrew McNair and previously published on Rangers Media.

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