Eros Grezda’s playing time at Ibrox certainly hasn’t been what we all wanted. Is he now ready to show what he’s got after playing for Albania however?
Grezda completed his first 90 minutes in six months for his country. Albania lost 2-0 at Israel on Sunday as he continues his return from a nasty injury that has pushed his Rangers career back a little bit.
The right-wingers has, however, claimed that he has the backing of manager Steven Gerrard. The Rangers boss has always said that the goal is to build up Grezda’s minutes.
After discussions with the Rangers manager, the Albanian is now hoping that he could have a shot against Hamilton from the start on Sunday.
“I talked to Gerrard before I came and he told me that, if you’re ready, then we’ll decide if I’m ready to start from the first minute.
“It’s been difficult as the other (Rangers) players had developed through the pre-season stage, while I only signed up in the end (of transfer window). Gerrard told me that when I was ready, he would give me minutes.
“It’s normal that I’m not in my best shape. It was my first 90 minutes after six months and it was difficult for me to find space because they covered me.”
An exciting time
If Grezda truly is ready to start playing regularly for Rangers, then this should be an exciting time. He comes highly rated from his homeland, and could turn out to be a real find for the club.
Unfortunately, he came up short for his country in that loss to Israel. Grezda didn’t do anything of note in the 2-0 defeat, but the main thing was getting him some minutes.
The only issue Grezda could have is knocking Daniel Candeias off of his right-wing perch. The Portuguese star has become a much-adored figure at Ibrox due to his hard work ethic and commitment to the cause. Grezda is going to have to show that same level of desire if he’s given a chance on Sunday.
But, it may actually be for the best if the Albanian doesn’t play much part at Hamilton.
Accies’ artificial surface isn’t the kind of pitch where you want to throw in players returning from injury. Gerrard should probably decide to stick with the same side that beat Hearts so comfortably at Ibrox.
Regardless, it’s great to hear that Grezda is finally looking ready to play a part at Ibrox going forward.