Very little has gone right for Gareth McAuley, since he joined Rangers in September.
The deal looked a no brainer for all parties, at the time.
Gerrard picked up an experienced Premier League centre-back for free, while it was a last big challenge in 39-year-old McAuley’s career.
Injuries have been the major factor and the ensuing lack of game time has
Finally, it seemed like things were on the up last week.
BBC Sport reported that he was fit to play Northern Ireland’s second Euro 2020 Qualifier against Belarus.
The fact that he then didn’t go on to feature, is, unfortunately, an indication of his falling stock.
N.I omission a blow
McAuley has been one of the first names on the N.I teamsheet for years. One of a number of trusty operators for Michael O’Neill since he took charge in 2011, McAuley would always find his way into the side.
Back in November, for example, he started a friendly against Austria. That’s despite playing just over 45 minutes for Rangers up until that point in the season.
He wasn’t his commanding self during that 2-1 defeat and his performance must have been fresh in O’Neill’s memory.
However, O’Neill’s selection call ensures McAuley’s Rangers struggle is set to continue.
He hasn’t featured since the Scottish Cup win at Cowdenbeath in January, and the end of his one-year deal looms ever closer.