Saturday, 27 August 2016

“I can’t think of anything else tactically we could actually do”



Before I begin this entry, I would like to take this opportunity to praise the response to the last piece. Emotions ran high last night, but the vast majority of the feedback, even the critical ones, were made with respect and little vitriol. Even though Rangers are struggling right now, fans still seem generally able to discuss it without throttling each other, at least here anyway, and that is admirable.

However…


“I can’t think of anything else tactically we could actually do”


Yes, I have quoted the headline again. Because I simply cannot believe a Rangers manager has said this. Mark Warburton, having been critical of his team’s performance last night, has finally admitted in plain English for the first time that he does not have anything up his sleeve – no plan B, no alternative approach.

Friday, 26 August 2016

How long will ragged Rangers labour like this for?


While Rangers remain unbeaten on their return to the SPL, and on paper a two wins two draws record is not exactly terrible following four years in the wilderness, the worrying signs from the last disappointing match at Ibrox v Motherwell not only remained prominent tonight, but arguably grew as well.

Rangers’ return to the SPL was all about showing the flowing football which punctuated Mark Warburton’s successful maiden season in Govan at one level lower could transfer to a higher plane. That the off-ball movement, the one-twos, the slick passing and the frequent goal hauls would translate perfectly to the SPL, with theoretically better players brought in to handle the step up in class.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Why Rangers fans can't take much more of Kiernan & Wilson


Rangers fans have been debating over the defence for as long as we can remember. Under Ally McCoist post-admin, complaints about Ross Perry, Darren Cole and Emilson Cribari were common-fold, before they became about Lee McCulloch and Bilel Mohsni.

Now those defensive demons are back again with the threadbare selection being currently between Clint Hill, Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan, none of whom have filled the support with much confidence apart from fleeting glimpses now and again.

While Matt Crooks returns from fitness (by all accounts he had a decent night for the unders v St Mirren slotting in at central defence) he remains a non-option, but he could be a possibility a number of weeks down the line as he regains match fitness.

Are Rangers signing Senderos or not?


When it comes to curiously long, strung-out transfer deals, Rangers under Mark Warburton are certainly no novices.

The infamous John Eustace soap opera ended up being something of legend, with the former Derby man training at Murray Park for months before the deal to secure him permanently collapsed. Publicly ‘family reasons’ were claimed, before Eustace ended up manager of Kidderminster.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Germans make a move for Rangers target?


Rangers’ apparent defensive target Philippe Senderos has reportedly been interesting Bundesliga 2 side 1860 Munich.

The second division German giants have taken an apparent shine to the Swiss international following his stint at Murray Park, where the former Arsenal and Milan star has been impressing Mark Warburton, but the delay over a deal may have provoked the Germans into making a move.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Who starts up front?

 Article by Greg Roots

After completing the £1.5m signing of Preston North End striker Joe Garner, Mark Warburton now has four players who can play centre forward at his disposal.

The latest signing, who joins Miller, Dodoo and Waghorn up front at Ibrox, will be expected to feature regularly due to the size of his price tag, but there is growing opinion that he may not be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Ugly Rangers needing some freshening up; badly!


In all honesty, we have seen far worse Rangers displays than yesterday’s win over Motherwell. Some of the darkest days of Paul le Guen, Alex McLeish and indeed messyrs McCoist, McDowall and even McCall saw truly painful excuses for performances, so it is vital to keep some context before we pick yesterday’s disappointment apart.

But that said, it was indeed an excruciating show, devoid of any quality whatsoever and a truly worrying sign that Mark Warburton’s previously progressive system is running out of steam, and may seriously struggle this season to compete.