Friday, 28 July 2017

A shock exit from Ibrox?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Sudden rumours this morning have caught dramatic pace with ‘a shock exit’ on the cards. From nowhere, speculation has reached fever pitch that a key player at Ibrox is set to leave, but as yet no hard evidence has arisen as to who it could be.

A few names have sprung up, such as goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, midfielders Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter, but the truth is the story exists only as guesswork at this point and there is no point plucking names from thin air.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Data, stats and the new 2017/18 football season

It’s almost here. Not long now until the new football season and the start of Rangers’ 2017/18 campaign with the first match away of course to Motherwell on August 5 and then the first home game against Hibernian a week later on August 12. Ibrox Stadium will soon once again feel the noise…

Pedro makes key personnel switch?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

In a slightly unexpected move at Ibrox, manager Pedro Caixinha has apparently made a change at left back with previous deputy Myles Beerman being restored to Graeme Murty’s youth setup while traditional midfielder Jordan Thompson has been surprisingly promoted to become captain Lee Wallace’s deputy.

The Maltese international did rather well during his brief spell at the tail end of the campaign, and big things had been expected of him with some seeing him as a natural successor to the established first-teamer, but with Jordan Thompson taking his place on the trip to England while both Beerman and Thompson went out with Murty’s unders for the pre-season tour of Northern Ireland last week, it marks an unexpected change at the back.

Season 2017/2018 - provisional squad?

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

Rangers have taken a 25-man squad to England for a week’s training and two away games against Watford who are managed by Marco Silva, a friend of Pedro’s, and Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

All three managers are Portuguese and Caixinha is so pleased that both friends of his readily agreed to take on the pre-season friendly matches against his new Rangers team.

Pedro has signed so many new players to the club and travelling together for nearly a week should help tremendously well in gelling the players together at training and especially off the park.

Topping on EBTs: "You can't please everyone..."

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Outgoing SPFL chairman Ralph Topping, whose impartiality, intelligence, and honesty will be sadly missed, has effectively admitted that the review board who will investigate Scottish football’s rules and practises during the so-called ‘EBT Period’ (mostly focusing on the handling Rangers, of course) are unlikely to be as impartial as he.

The SPFL and SFA are to team up and compile an ‘independent’ review relating to the procedures the authorities used way back when, but reading between the lines, Topping has cryptically conceded that the ‘independence’ part of the equation will be hard to secure. He said:

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ok, ok - the DEFENCE...

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

For every transfer story we bring you, for every analysis of the state of the SPFL we compose, and for every time we twaddle on about formation, the one comment we keep on getting back here at Ibrox Noise is about the defence.

It has been the most enduring theme of this transfer window, and while we have raised it in the past, we shall do so again by public demand.

How Rangers can shape up with new SPL duo

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

Having watched how quickly Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans have fitted into the Rangers team so effortlessly, it seems to have given Pedro the added attraction of signing another two home-grown players into the Ibrox squad.

Caixinha craves for a team full of winners and obviously feels that Hearts winger Jamie Walker and Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean are two players who have all the right credentials to become successful Rangers players for many seasons to come.