The manager in the Rs Premier League heyday likened himself to a fetcher and carrier in midfield.
In contrast, England and former Chelsea hero Ray Wilkins was courting all the glamour.
Holloway overcame the stigma. But it seems the man who arrived on a joint deal with Massimo Luongo from the Robins in 2015 under boss Chris Ramsey, has not.
“I gave a chance to Ben Gladwin, and I've had to loan him out because our fans weren't having him,” the manager said.
“I wasn't popular here when I first came.
“I carried the piano and let Ray Wilkins play it."
Gladwin was carrying a slight injury that turned into the full-blown thing in the second Championship game against Cardiff in August.
He made six more appearances and was part of a lack-lustre performance as Rangers nosedived out of the FA Cup to Blackburn at the weekend.
The manager also laid bare another stark fact.
"What's going to be tough is the realisation we're not going to spend what some fans will expect," he added.
“I want to spend it wisely. I'll try and get my own in."
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