Rangers outcast Eros Grezda’s Ibrox career looks to be more or less dead at this point with the Albanian international now a full-time member of Graeme Murty’s second-string – but the winger deserves some credit for at least trying to turn things around.
Between poor form and ill-discipline, Grezda seemed to have used him any goodwill Steven Gerrard and his coaching staff had as he was dumped into Murty’s squad before managing to make a bad situation even worse by spitting at a Ballymena United player in the last round of the Challenge Cup.
In last night’s enthralling shootout win over Solihull Moors to book a quarter-final clash with Wrexham next month, Grezda was the catalyst for the stunning comeback from 3-1 down to 3-3 as he hit the net twice for the Colts.
He was a constant threat to the Solihull defence with his runs from deep and was regularly trying to help out his younger team-mates and using his experience to guide them through the game.
Gers fans don’t quite know what to make of Grezda’s situation and with the Albanian having another three years left on his Ibrox contract, there’s not necessarily any quick fix to it either.
Obviously, some will insist that Grezda impressing in the Colts is the least that should be expected from a senior professional playing with teenagers, but he wouldn’t have been the first to find himself in with the kids and simply going through the motions as he runs his deal down.
The penny seems to have dropped with Grezda that the only way there is any sort of resolution – and in fairness, a first-team reprieve still looks incredibly unlikely despite impressing with the Colts – but the Albanian has got his head down and worked hard.
We’ll not likely see Ryan Kent and Eros Grezda on opposing flanks for the first-team but it would appear Grezda is finally trying to make something of the opportunity he has – even if it is almost certainly too late to salvage a long-term future at the club.