What a difference a few days make.
Before Wednesday’s night’s fixture against Kilmarnock, there was considerable excitement.
After a false start at Cowdenbeath on the previous Friday, it had been three weeks since the Gers had taken the field.
Joe Worrall felt their wrath, after his dreadful mistake changed the complexion of the match entirely.
He wasn’t alone, though.
Skipper, James Tavernier, was questioned and both Steven Gerrard’s tactics and post-match comments came under fire.
Furthermore, over the last few days, an online campaign has taken off.
The Croatian, who cost the club just over £2 million in the summer, has been ostracised since November.
His last start, came in the 7-1 defeat to Motherwell, when he was replaced at half-time.
Sure, he had made the odd error, but no stand out howlers.
Others have. Yet, they continue to get the benefit of the doubt.
Even after the Killie debacle, in Friday’s press conference, Gerrard alluded to another opportunity for Worrall in the near future.
Surely he can’t ignore Katic for much longer?The club paid good money for him.
Yet, a loanee who will be gone at the end of the season, keeps getting chances ahead of him.
McAuley shouldn’t be safe either – he was poor on Wednesday and looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet.
If the 22-year-old doesn’t get a go on Sunday at Livingston, it’s hard to see when he will.
With their online campaign, the fans are certainly trying to force the issue.
Now, almost every post from the official club Twitter account is greeted with their pleas.
— 🇭🇷#FREEKATIC🇭🇷 (@RampantRyanJack) January 25, 2019
— FREE KATIC (@JudeMcilreavy) January 25, 2019
Free Katic pic.twitter.com/Vz9KEt7e2x
— William (@WTownsley) January 25, 2019
Katic or we riot
— Cameron Wilson (@W20CPW) January 25, 2019
— 🇭🇷#Free Katic🇭🇷 (@WeePzykosis) January 23, 2019
— #FreeKatic (@ScottWinning29) January 23, 2019