No tears shed for Cousin departure

The breaking news that Rangers are about to lose their star striker and top scorer, Daniel Cousin, to Fulham should have me burying my head in my hands – but to be honest I believe this is a good bit of business for Rangers.

Walter Smith seems genuinely reluctant to let Cousin go but the reported £3m fee would represent a return of around £2m in just six months on a striker who hasn’t really won a place in the hearts of the Rangers faithful.

For the most part, he has seemed content to swan around Ibrox with a general malaise and pop up every now and then with the odd commanding performance and a goal here and there.

Cousin, who signed from Lens in the summer, did have that one outstanding game in Lyon where Rangers shocked the French champions by winning 3-0. That was no mean feat for Cousin and Rangers and should not be overlooked but I don’t think there can be any doubt that Smith brought Cousin in as a short-term stop gap and has never intended building a team around the towering hitman.

Therefore, the £2m profit should be looked upon as a nice return and Smith should wave goodbye to Cousin without a shred of regret. There are better players out there who Rangers should be looking to build a team around for years to come.

I also hope the disappointment of losing his place to Cousin will have shocked Kris Boyd into pulling his socks up a bit. There’s no more dangerous striker in Scotland when he is on form.

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