Sunday, 26 June 2016

Report: why Rangers fans are so split on boycotts

 Richard Fillingham

I am really pleased with the feedback that Ibrox Noise has received recently regarding whether to boycott away games or not.

First the result of the recent vote which started on Thursday 9 June and finished on Thursday 23 June 2016:

Friday, 24 June 2016

What does Brexit mean for Rangers?

Before I begin this piece I will issue an apology to the experienced economists among our readership and ascertain I am no fiscally-inclined financier. Far from it, but like many Rangers fans I learned far more about stocks, shares, corporate management and suchlike ‘thanks’ to Rangers’ admin period and the time thereafter.

As such the upcoming piece is heavily based in conjecture, which in itself is ironic given the basis for Brexit was indeed mostly conjecture and theory-based too.

This is not me making any sort of political point, I am not taking sides in this debate, but it is prudent for Rangers (and any British football club) to examine the ramifications for what an exit from the European Union means in real-time for our club.

The three main aspects that will significantly change, although the full extent is obviously unknown, are as follows:

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Profiling Rangers' new-look squad - how it's shaping up

 Richard Fillingham

I think that every Rangers fan would have been extremely happy with 90% of the exciting, attacking football that was served up to us throughout last season. There were a few disappointing results and full credit to some of our opposition for scoring some very good strikes against us. Goals scored against us were mainly due to quick breakaways, plus corner kicks and free kicks. These were our weaknesses in defence and they turned out to be of major concern to Rangers overall.

The squad is starting to take place for the opening of the new 2016-17 season and hopefully a tall centre-back (no less than 6’ 3” please) & a proper tried and tested striker are still to be added.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Rangers hope to complete two signings today

Rangers have been linked with a fair few goalies over the recent weeks, with Southend United’s Daniel Bentley and now free agent Michael McGovern, who was recently released by Premiership Hamilton, among them.

However surprise news broke this morning when Burnley’s Scotland international Matt Gilks jetted into Glasgow for talks about becoming Mark Warburton’s latest addition, with the 34 year old another free agent within the market Rangers are currently active in.

Where does Andy Halliday stand in the new-look Rangers?

Andy Halliday last season took on cult hero status before he even kicked a ball in anger at Ibrox. After all, he was a boyhood Rangers fan, growing up just a stone’s throw away from the stadium itself and had willingly sacrificed hard offers from other clubs in order to take a trial at Rangers and risk being out of a club entirely had Mark Warburton et al not liked what they saw.

Naturally they did though and the rest is history, with the attacking midfielder being one of the Magic Hat’s very first acquisitions in his complete overhaul of Rangers’ first XI.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Rangers fan poll: is 55 coming next season?

With various media outlets confirming Niko Kranjcar’s impending medical, his signature will take Mark Warburton’s summer captures up to six.

Josh Windass, Matt Crooks, Clint Hill, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter and now the Croatian playmaker will bolster the Ibrox ranks come next season, and from Kyle Hutton, Ian Black and Nicky Law a year ago it is one hell of an upgrade.

Durrant dismissal; what is the future for Rangers' coaches?

 Richard Fillingham

62-year-old Rangers goalkeeping coach Jim Stewart is a former Scottish football internationalist, who had a quality club career playing in goal for Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock, Middlesbrough, St Mirren and our very own Rangers during a long successful spell in football.

He came to Ibrox as the goalkeeping coach from Hearts in 2007 and also continued in his role as goalkeeper coach for the national team under Alex McLeish. He took over the role at Ibrox that became available following the surprise departure of Billy Thomson.

Surely the time is right for Rangers to bring in a younger, enthusiastic, more athletic and forward-thinking goalkeeping coach who knows all the latest techniques required to achieve the very best goalie results in 2016?