Steven Gerrard omitted Sheyi Ojo from the Rangers matchday squad for Wednesday night’s Premiership clash against Hibernian at Ibrox, suggesting he may well have run out of patience with the winger.
Few would have seen this coming when the Liverpool loanee hit the ground running during the early part of the season.
He netted four times and registered three assists in his first seven competitive appearances in Light Blue [Transfermarkt].
During that time, he showed real hunger to provide opportunities for his teammates and great composure in front of goal.
However, he’s since scored just once and provided only a further four assists in 27 outings.
Those numbers simply aren’t good enough.
He’s been heavily criticised by Bears throughout the season, both for his lack of end product and for his questionable work rate levels.
Yet, as is suggested by his considerable tally of 34 appearances in all competitions, he’s continued to feature regularly, if mainly a substitute.
While the likes of Greg Stewart have often found themselves overlooked, Ojo has been a go-to man on the bench, despite often not providing anything of note.
The manager praised him for a lively ten minutes at the back end of a 1-0 win over St Mirren a fortnight ago [RangersTV], but after failing to produce in subsequent games against Hearts, Ross County and Aberdeen, he was left out against Hibs.
Jordan Jones and Stewart both made it onto the pitch in the latter stages of Wednesday night’s game, though, and they’ll be hoping that this marks a permanent shift, moving them ahead of the loanee in the pecking order.