Friday, 2 December 2016

Betting on Rangers

From a betting point of view, how will Rangers do this season despite trailing Celtic by eleven points? The betting odds are certainly stacked against them, so much so football bettors might want to consider betting Rangers in Scottish Cup markets instead.

The season is a third of the way in and Rangers trail league-leading Celtic by eight points. Not least, the Hoops have three games in hand. Depressingly, Celtic have a stranglehold on the Scottish Premiership market, priced as the runaway favourites at 1.005.

It would take a minor miracle for Rangers priced at 41.00 or, for that matter, second-placed Aberdeen at 51.00 to close the gap in the table and wrestle the SPL from the defending champions.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Can Rangers switch formation?

If we overlook the increasing division regarding Mark Warburton’s position at Ibrox, and get back to plain football, the most commonly-asked query among fans is why the boss persists with a formation that clearly is not working.

Warburton has advocated 4-3-3 his entire managerial life, and has robustly defended it in his time at the helm. And to his credit it worked fairly well in the Championship, with his Rangers side coasting to promotion with room to spare.

The problem is fans’ accurate insistence it does not work in the SPL, and results and displays have borne that out. Rangers have looked static, idea-less, and incredibly predictable, seeing many supporters to press for an essential change in formation to a more traditionally-Rangers-esque 4-4-2.

Why Mark Warburton needs to go has had a lot of detractors in the past half year or so. We have never been the most popularist Rangers site out there, going with our own views rather than trying to ingratiate ourselves to the wider fanbase with amiable opinions designed to gain popularity.

In a sense we could be called the ‘anti-fan’ site, a tag I am happy to go with – I love Rangers as much as every true Bear reading this right now, but a fansite which perpetuates only positivity and optimism about its subject we most certainly are not.

Ironically, though, last season the site was most definitely overflowing with joy, as we watched the new Mark Warburton era start so brightly with its free-flowing football and, in the early part of the season, rack up the goal counts with 6 and 5 goals becoming fairly regular before the turn of the year.

That was fair to observe, and to enjoy – the future looked bright, the future looked assured, and we looked every inch like we had the right man with the right vision to take us in the right direction long term. Most of our entries back then reflected this.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Where on earth is Matt Crooks?

If one thing was sure last season, beyond the lack of a reliable defence, it was the lack of a reliable defensive midfielder.

Indeed, one of Mark Warburton’s first acts as Rangers manager was to dispense of the services of the only dedicated DM Rangers had in young Andrew Murdoch, and slot Andy Halliday in that position, something many fans protested about.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Harry Forrester phenomenon

While last January’s high-profile signing Michael O’Halloran failed to really impress for the remainder of the season, the more modest acquisition that was Harry Forrester, on a free from Doncaster, only took around a month to get up to speed before having a strong run in.

Indeed, many point out his absence from the first team during the final matches of the season could very much have been a cause of the side’s horrible form, and when his 2016/2017 season started so brightly with some of the most impressive displays from any of the outfield players, it appeared to corroborate the idea of his impact on the team and importance to the side.

Warbs, Waggy and more...

 Article by Richard Fillingham

My colleague and boss, Ed (supreme editor) and my mentor of the ever popular, has, like me, been a huge admirer of Mark Warburton in the past.
But now we are both starting to ask questions of him regarding his incessant attacking formations and his inability to change during games that are going against us despite his success with Brentford.

Let me use Martyn Waghorn as the perfect example to compare footballing achievements north and south of the border.

Rangers, Celtic, and the true gulfs in the SPFL

In a report published by the Sporting Intelligence Global Sports Salaries Survey, Rangers’ poor season has been compounded by the numbers released regarding player salaries.

With players’ wages an issue of some contention, the commission have produced a global wage report detailing clubs around the world, and Rangers’ troubles have rarely been laid quite so bare as by these brutal numbers.

Celtic, naturally, have the highest wage payout, with an annual average salary output of just over £700,000 per player, and Rangers predictably lag behind somewhat at just over £300,000; nothing unexpected there. But it is the gulf between Rangers and the rest of the Premiership which highlights just how underperforming Rangers currently are on the pitch, with Aberdeen miles behind in third at just over a fairly light £100,000 a year.