Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo has defended his recent form amid considerable criticism from Rangers fans, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The 22-year-old is trying to prove his worth on his fifth loan spell away from Anfield and started promisingly after arriving at Ibrox in June.
He’s gone off the boil recently, though, and Bears are letting him know about it from the stands and on social media. Plenty of fans were disappointed that the winger was named in the starting XI against Feyenoord on Thursday night and he was slated after the game for a perceived lack of contribution.
Yet, he believes he put in a good shift and overall, is doing well with the Light Blues.
“I’m pleased with how it went on Thursday night,” said Ojo, as quoted by the Daily Record. “I was disappointed not to have scored but I’ll keep working as we have a lot of big games coming up and you need to be ready.”
“I think it’s gone well for me so far up in Glasgow…I want to score more goals and provide more assists. I’m hungry and I feel the players and staff here can see that. I just try to block everything out [when the fans show frustration].
“It’s very difficult to go through a game and not make a mistake, especially as an attacking player. You’re in the team to make things happen and there will be times when you lose the ball or have a shot blocked.”
Plenty of Rangers fans would be quick to disagree with Ojo’s comments about doing well with the club.
Of course, he’s still got over half of his season-long loan to run and the best may still be to come. Yet, while he’s shown flashes of brilliance, including a stunning winner at home against Feyenoord in the Europa League, there’s no doubt he’s struggled in recent times.
Things aren’t coming off for him in the final third, with his decision-making often poor and end product wasteful. His lack of defensive work-rate is also a particularly frustrating trait for the supporters.
Ojo hasn’t scored in a month and a half and only has one assist over that period, so the stats back up the opinions of much of the fan base.
It would be a surprise if he was used from the start in some of the big games coming up, away at Aberdeen and in the League Cup final, for example, but if he does come into the side, the supporters will be expecting to see major improvements.