Thursday, 23 March 2017

VOTE NOW: Final choice of three for Pedro's 'local assistant'

According to Sky Sources this morning, Rangers have now whittled down the ‘local assistant’ candidacy to three men – Barry Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands and John Brown.

The former has now definitely held talks with new manager Pedro Caixinha despite claims by certain journalists that they had not even met yet, while reports are both Pistol Pete and Bomber already did so some days ago.

CONFIRMED: Rangers move into profit

Rangers have today confirmed an increase in revenue of £5.3M was achieved last year leading to a modest profit for the period of June-December by comparison with the same time frame of 2015.

In the latest financial review, operating expenses increased by over £4M with obvious sources being massively increased player wages, while income equally rose as mentioned mainly due to season tickets, higher attendance in general and hospitality packages which contributed well over £3M to the Club’s coffers.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

"Real Rangers Men"

“Real Rangers Men”

“Real Rangers Man”

Over the past few weeks, these phrases have reappeared in Rangers’ fans’ lexicons, to describe the hope that the new manager would be a Bluenose himself, someone who already knew Rangers inside out and knew what managing the team truly meant.

When that did not happen, and instead we received an untried and relative newcomer to British football in Pedro Caixinha, the Portuguese manager himself vaunted the serious notion of bringing in his own ‘local assistant’ as he called it; A Rangers man, effectively, an ex-player or manager who could guide him through the nuances and idiosyncrasies of being Rangers, and what it meant.

Pedro Caixinha - his career so far

Before it was announced that Pedro Caixinha was to take over the reins at Ibrox he probably wasn’t the first name on most people’s minds. Of course he was close to being in the dugout albeit as Pereira’s number two before Warburton came to the helm, but ‘Gers failure to win promotion scuppered that proposed move.

A different name from the ones that are constantly touted around whenever there is a vacancy in the hot seat is not necessarily a bad thing. Arsenal fans were no doubt alternatively scratching their heads and Googling Wenger’s name when it was announced the Frenchman was to take over at Highbury.

Perfect timing for Ped the Ted

When Rangers ran out comfortable winners on Saturday against Hamilton for Ped the Ted’s debut, few Bears could have been displeased at the performance. It was a great display, a deserved score, and a good day all round. Naturally, more testing challenges await, and many fans have urged against drawing any conclusions from such a start, but equally, those same fans would probably have melted in horror at anything other than a good win.

But they are right. Let us not assume Caixinha is the Special One just yet (despite the tongue in cheek reference in the last entry one or two supporters look comically seriously) and see how the next few matches go.

Monday, 20 March 2017

How Ped the Ted could be Rangers' Special One

Article by: Richard Fillingham

It must have been music to Pedro Caixinha’s ears as he strode out of the Ibrox tunnel, in his first Ibrox appearance as our new Rangers manager. It was a special moment for him as all the Teddy Bears cheered him long and loud.

Special! He might become the Special One for us. See what I did there?

Ped the Ted marched out of his technical area and soaked up the acclaim of the packed crowd – what a fantastic memory for everyone who witnessed the scene.

Rangers started the game well and the crowd were right behind them from the start, especially coming on top of the good showing last week against Celtic and having Ped in the dugout to ring the changes for any weak performances. The play was slick and quick and there was a lot more urgency about all of the players, but then again, you would expect that from a Rangers team fighting for their places with a new manager making his own judgements.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

What a difference having a manager makes...

“And to that end, Rangers fans could not have a better way to judge new Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha than by focusing on Saturday’s hosting of Hamilton. The last time Rangers played Martin Canning’s side at home in the league was the opening day of this season; and that performance and result set the tone for how life would pan out in Scotland’s top tier under Rangers’ ex-boss. On his debut in the SPL, he failed, miserably, as Scotland’s worst top-flight side (give or take with Inverness) gleaned a point in Govan.
On Pedro Caixinha’s debut in the SPL, he faces the same opponent, with mostly the same squad, at the same ground, in front of the same expectant fans, in the same tournament, with the same exact ramifications of the result.
It is the perfect litmus test for our new manager to begin life in Britain, and the best way for Rangers fans to see, even at this early stage, what we may be able to expect from our new gaffer.
When Walter Smith returned in 2007, his debut was a 5-0 tonking of Dundee Utd at Ibrox. That set the tone for his dominance over those following years. Naturally we do not expect similar dominance this time round (would be nice though!), but more often than not, how a regime starts is pretty much how it continues. Very rarely will a bad start by a Rangers manager be turned round to be a success.” 14/03/17