Sunday, 25 September 2016

Has Warburton become the new Le Guen?

 Article by Richard Fillingham

The only thing we can rely on Rangers to be is unreliable, as in current form, we cannot trust them to win three points against any team in the Premiership this season. Even most of the starting X1 are consistently inconsistent.

Some of the problems have stemmed from the penny-pinching summer recruitment policy, but Warburton has given himself a further problem by having too many permutations from which to choose. Rangers fans have no idea what the best starting line-up is, but more importantly, neither does he. We now have too many players to bed into the team and it is proving costly and detrimental to the results.

Toothless Rangers tippy-tap to nothing

The pressure had been reduced slightly going to Pittodrie thanks to a convincing dispatch of Queen of the South, but the post-match hype over the quality of the display, hype Warburton was happy to humour, led to slightly false expectations once again.

And this has become a worrying trend this season. For every time Rangers beat a Peterhead 5-0 or a Queen of the South 5-0, suddenly everyone connected with the club believes a corner has been turned, before the next match where expectations come crashing back to earth.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Squad selector - choose your Rangers XI for Pittodrie

It is 9AM on Sunday and you are Mark Warburton. Jordan Rossiter aside you have a completely fit squad. Today at midday you travel to Aberdeen to face a Dons team slightly off-form at present but strong in recent years and managed by a very wily and promising coach in Derek McInnes.

Pressure has been high, more than you expected, on yourself, on your assistant, your squad and the results have not gone as well as you would have liked.

Should Mark Warburton build Rangers around Josh Windass?

The 22-year old has only made a few appearances for Mark Warburton, but was one of the few to gain pass marks (if not more at Parkhead) and in terms of contribution has overall impressed significantly since making his long awaited debut in the Light Blue.

His father went on record to say two things about his son’s ability:

One, that his best position was in the ‘3’ of a 4-2-3-1, and two, that it is his contention that Warburton should build the entire team around the creative midfielder.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Major injury doubt for Sunday

Mark Warburton has confirmed doubts over whether star attacker Josh Windass will be fit in time for Sunday’s crunch clash at Pittodrie.

The attacking midfielder has impressed since his sparkling display at Parkhead and his contribution has become increasingly important to Rangers, but the 22-year old suffered a possible hamstring pull during the pre-match warm up against Queen of the South at Ibrox, and had to be replaced last-minute by Croatian playmaker Niko Kranjcar.

The Rangers spreadsheet - 1872-present

Welcome to the Rangers spreadsheet!

Covering the beginning in 1872 to the present day by the Legendary Chic Sharp (@ChickSharpHorse), these spreadsheets contain every result (and so much more) in our proud club’s long and illustrious history.

There is literally no better source to find any result, profile, record, or fact from any given date in time from Rangers’ long and glorious past, painstaking built by Chic over the past decade plus and constantly updated.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Rangers fan poll: should Rangers keep Joey Barton?

With the controversy lingering around banned midfielder Joey Barton, Ibrox Noise felt it appropriate to try to gauge fan opinion over his future.

Currently, it is up in the air, with the former Burnley man away from training for 21 days, but with his radio controversies and apparent media displays further contriving more publicity for his upcoming book, do Rangers fans want this circus surrounding their club any longer in the hope he will find his form from last season again?