Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Signing delay: Rangers target holding off for better deal elsewhere

Reports tonight have broken that Rangers’ transfer target Philippe Senderos is deliberately stalling over a deal despite agreement in principle including personal terms on the basis the Swiss international is holding off for a better offer elsewhere.

The Daily Express’s Bruce Archer tweeted tonight that Senderos is ‘waiting to see what he is offered elsewhere’ which basically confirms the reason for the hold up and why this signature has not been finalised.

Why the break has come at a perfect time for Rangers

Few Rangers fans would deny the side has endured a bumpy start to life back in the SPL. While not quite plummeting to unfathomable depths of awful, nevertheless the team has stuttered badly, failing to pick up the pre-Old Firm form which served Mark Warburton’s men so well last season.

Post that colossal result at Hampden, Rangers’ displays have been erratic, inconsistent, flat, and lacking in the flowing football we previously expected, spoiled as we probably were at the beginning of last season with borderline cricket scores.

Report: Rangers to sign winger

 Report by Richard Fillingham

According to a report in the Österbottens Tidning, the Finnish newspaper is insinuating that Serge Atakayi is set to complete his move to Rangers within 24 hours. They say he is flying into Glasgow on Monday night for a medical and if everything goes to plan, he will sign a deal which will be his first professional contract.

On the 29th April 2015, Serge Atakayi became the youngest ever player to appear in Finland’s Veikkausliiga aged just 16 years, 2 months and 30 days when he appeared as a substitute for FF Jaro against Ilves. The remarkably talented youngster went on to appear 15 times in season 2014-15, scoring twice, and scaring fullbacks up and down the country.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Player ratings; where the new signings rank so far...

Some might argue Rangers are only four matches into the new season, but the reality is that is not only enough to make an early judgement in itself, but there was of course the small matter of the League Cup too, making Rangers’ competitive outings now totaling a fairly substantial nine for the new campaign.

It does seem enough 90 minutes have been completed now to make some kind of review of the new signings, and how they have fitted in to this point. Have Frank McParland and Mark Warburton recruited wisely? Have there been any disappointments so far? Or have all the new players done their bit at this juncture?

Sunday, 28 August 2016

If you were Mark Warburton, what would YOU do?

With criticism of Mark Warburton emerging more frequently among Rangers fans now, what would we fans do differently? Ibroxnoise’s Richard Fillingham suggests a few observations and possible solutions to Rangers’ present woes. Do you agree with his comments? What would you do differently?

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.


“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.