Ovie Ejaria criticism is unfair and his departure deserves to be respected
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Ovie Ejaria criticism is unfair and his departure deserves to be respected

Any Ovie Ejaria criticism for his departure from Rangers is quite franly unfair and a tad embarrassing.

The previously on-loan Liverpool man left the club earlier this month after feeling “unsettled”. This came after a series of poor performances combined with some fan-anger towards his displays.

Ovie Ejaria only scored twice for Rangers (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

During his short stint in Glasgow, Ejaria managed just the two goals and one assist in 28 appearances. But whilst he won’t be missed on the pitch, recent criticism from pundit Chris Sutton has been a poor show.

The BT Sport man called Ejaria a “disgrace”, and stated that he’s let Steven Gerrard down. You can watch his comments in the video below starting from 9:42 onwards:

Nobody knows why he was unsettled

The point that mainly needs covered here is the fact that nobody knows why he was unsettled at Ibrox. It also certainly isn’t for anyone to have a guess and then accuse him of being a “disgrace” for it.

Ejaria did feature on plenty of occasions for Rangers. Despite generally not creating enough throughout his Rangers career, he did still give it his all. Whether fan criticism was too much for him or being away from home got him, it’s important we empathise with him.

Not everything is black-and-white, and there’s likely more to this than meets the eye. Calling him out on it and labelling him anything remotely like disgraceful is a shocking assumption.

Ejaria wasn’t happy at Ibrox (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Sutton, and no doubt several others, have failed to respect the decision of a young player wanting to go back home.

Was it the best decision Ejaria could’ve made for his footballing career? Probably not. He’ll likely go back down to Liverpool and have to settle for youth-team football before another club takes a chance on him.

But if that’s what he wanted to do, then who can argue with him if that’s what makes him happy? He’ll get another chance at some stage, as there is still raw potential there with the midfielder.

Some people don’t have the mental state to deal with certain situations in life. This could easily be a case of that, and slagging him off for it doesn’t reflect well.

But whilst he’s hardly a big gap in this Rangers team, calling him out for leaving is a poor show.

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