Speaking to RangersTV, Steven Gerrard surprisingly singled out Sheyi Ojo for praise following Wednesday’s win over St Mirren at Ibrox, despite the Rangers player only playing a very minor role in the victory.
Not included in the starting XI, Ojo only entered the game in the 80th minute, as a replacement for Joe Aribo.
Yet, the fact that he was on the pitch for less than 15 minutes including injury time, didn’t stop the manager from name-checking him after the game.
“I was really pleased with Sheyi’s cameo,” Gerrard told RangersTV. “That’s the most positive I’ve seen him for quite some time.”
“So, hopefully, he’s going to kick back into a bit of form because we’re going to need him and he’s going to help us.”
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There were few positives in attack for Rangers in a turgid display, and perhaps it says something about the starting XI that a late substitute, who didn’t make a tangible contribution, was singled out for praise.
However, clearly, the manager believes Ojo needs some praise after a difficult first half of the season.
On loan from Liverpool, the winger started impressively but tailed off badly to the point that his playing time had become limited by the winter break.
He showed energy and endeavour during his brief outing last night and did go close to scoring with a deflected effort from the edge of the area just going past the far post.
With a congested period of fixtures ahead and fellow wide player Brandon Barker seemingly out of favour, Ojo could see himself handed more opportunities in the near future.