Gers star says Muamba plight puts life and football into perspective
RANGERS winger Sone Aluko admits the plight of former Birmingham teammate Fabrice Muamba has put football into perspective for him.
Aluko was shocked to hear of Bolton midfielder Muamba’s (below) cardiac arrest and then the death of Jack Kelly, who collapsed with a suspected heart attack moments after son Liam had helped Kilmarnock win the Scottish League Cup.
Aluko and his teammates took pay cuts of up to 75 per cent earlier this month in order to prevent redundancies at Rangers – but the weekend’s events made him reflect.
The 23-year-old said: “These moments really put the game, and life, in perspective.
“What we do is a blessing and you can’t forget that it isn’t as bad as what could happen.
“I was with Fabrice for a couple of seasons at Birmingham and he’s a top boy. Everyone has a lot of time for him.
“I’m happy to hear that he’s talking and starting to move, so hopefully he recovers fully soon.
While the weekend events brought some perspective to Rangers’ recent problems, they are still under pressure to improve after suffering a third defeat in four games since going into administration.
Rangers face a Celtic side who could have the motivation of clinching the SPL title at Ibrox – if Motherwell fail to beat Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Midfielder Maurice Edu knows Rangers must shrug off the concern over the club and their futures. The Yank international said: “We’ve just got to keep going, keep motivated and keep finding ways to work hard for the team.
“What’s happened off the park is behind us and all we can do now is stay professional, train and work hard.”