After getting rid of another manager, fellow supporters were right to at least hope for some form of reaction from this group of players. They weren’t even able to muster up any kind of response. Last night’s 2-1 defeat in Aris was a thoroughly embarrassing 90 minutes for this football club - there’s no other way to paint it. This group of players and this club remains in an absolute mess. I’ll try my best to write an article here that makes some sense but my anger at the moment is palpable.

The first target of my anger? Our captain and the senior leadership group. I’ve already spoken about this in a previous column but when a Rangers captain responds as James Tavernier did to a question about his form following the recent Old Firm defeat, serious questions must be asked. That aside his performances have been woeful. If you were paying attention you’d have seen Tavernier duck out of a challenge ahead of the third goal on Saturday and his level of performance this season is well below expectation. Teams are targeting him at every opportunity and more than looking like he’s lost a yard of the pace, the right-back seems to have lost several.

But he’s not the only one - far from it. John Lundstram appears to be towing a caravan and the midfielder’s involvement for the second goal in Cyprus was excruciating to watch and his distribution horrible throughout. Connor Goldson, guilty for the first goal and caught out at the second. Borna Barisic was ineffective at best on the ball and anonymous off it. I could go on and on. This group of senior players will cost any manager their job unless the new man is brave enough to drop them and rebuild for good.

Then there is Cyriel Dessers and Sam Lammers - millions of pounds worth of signings who are offering absolutely nothing on the ball. They’re slow, clumsy and hesitant. Both appear a million miles from being good enough footballers for Rangers. We could go through every single player and they’d warrant criticism. Ben Davies, Scott Wright and Nico Raskin all looked like they were playing their first game for the club. With the exception of Jack Butland, and who could blame him if he doesn’t want to hang around and be part of this garbage? It’s only a matter of time before he starts booing with the rest of us.

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It’s not just tonight. We can trace these patterns back to pre-season. A horrible cycle of rolling the ball around the defence, slow passages of play up the pitch before useless deep crosses into the box that are easily defended. This team look lost. Really, really lost. And what evidence do we have that things are going to get any better? Last night was an embarrassment for Rangers football club - losing against a team they simply should not.

There should be no blame attached to the interim management team. They’re all massive Rangers men who will be just as angry as us. However, if they fail to change things up before heading to Paisley on Sunday then more heartache will follow. Play some of the kids and make brave decisions because no fan is going to blame them for that.

As a club we badly need leadership. The board must come out and tell us exactly how they intend to fix this. We haven’t heard from our chairman since he arrived and at some point he is going to have to speak. Mistakes have been made this summer that look almost catastrophic in hindsight. This season looks like a disaster and we’re only in early October. And after a week in which another manager has lost their job, this pattern will not change unless there’s more change to the squad. We wanted a revamp and rebuild - perhaps it’s starting to become apparent that those who left were not the only issue.

The pressure to get this next appointment correct is absolutely huge. Any mistake could set us back years and anyone who comes in will need time and patience to make the big calls that this squad requires. If they don’t then this same cycle will repeat. I didn’t see this coming, and I certainly didn’t see the levels dropping to new lows. But last night the players exceeded expectations - just not as we’d hoped.

Rangers are in a mess. A painful mess. Only root and branch surgery is going to provoke change.