Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Rangers' best team for Celtic - do you agree?

So while we still all come to terms with Sunday’s abomination, attention must turn now to Saturday’s final instalment of the Old Firm double header punctuating the past week and discussion over what the best team Pedro Caixinha can select is.

Ibrox Noise has had a think about this and we reckon we have compiled the best XI that Pedro can send out on the Hallowed Turf this weekend, and while we do not expect a win from it, it will deliver the workrate and unity we demand from a Rangers team. Obviously the quality simply is not there yet, and will not be until we sign it, but for now, here is your Ibrox Noise selection:

Monday, 24 April 2017

Old Firm shame - Old Firm blame

Rarely has the aftermath of an Old Firm clash been as surreal as this. Confusion, bewilderment, angst, fury, and a host of other bizarre and unexpected emotions have followed yesterday’s tragic ‘clash’ at Hampden, where the build up, match and fallout were all among the most downright strange I can remember associated with the historic bitter rivalry between the sides.

Signs did not bode overly positively in the first place when Pedro Caixinha went ‘Warby’ on us and told Charles Paterson on Sky that he did ‘not care about other teams’ which rather oddly contradicted his stance of weeks gone by that it is ‘important to study your opponent’. It was strange, confusing, and sent out a slightly mixed message of his intentions.

Thanks Warbs, thanks very flipping much!

As the fallout from the Old Firm debacle continues, one of the most pertinent issues to focus on at present has to be the squad.

“We’ve got to add value, we’ve got to show the board, it’s important for the club. Where we have been the last four or five years, I think it is imperative that we get value. Now, what that value is, obviously, is a big question. I look at Jordan Rossiter and Joe Dodoo as young players and Joey Barton, who would have been in the Premier league with Burnley, that for me is us getting value and recruiting well. It’s not about how much you spend, it is about spending the money you’ve got.” – Mark Warburton – 2016.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Rumour: is forgotten man to make shock return against Celtic?

Increasing speculation is doing the rounds with the shock news that forgotten man Andy Halliday could be set to return against Celtic tomorrow.

The 25 year old midfielder has found chances sparing since Pedro Caixinha took charge in Govan, while similarly fighting off a hamstring injury that destroyed his March and early April, but claims are being made that he is set to take his place in midfield tomorrow in a bid to get Ped a win on his Old Firm debut.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Defensive blow for Rangers? Another rookie set to step in for Old Firm

Rangers’ preparations for Sunday’s titanic clash at Hampden with Celtic have taken a potentially massive blow with increasing speculation goalkeeper Wes Foderingham has endured a training ground injury and will miss the semi final.

Foderingham, in terrific form and improving by match, has enjoyed a glut of shut-outs in recent weeks with some superlative saves and domination of his box, and has definitely been one of the squad members of last season to handle the step up, and his loss, should it be the case, would be a big absence at the heart of Rangers’ rearguard.

Gentle Giant - how Ugo was more than one goal

There will not have been a Bear who did not wake up to this morning’s tragic news with that vile, sickening, sinking yet horribly familiar feeling in their bellies. Ugo Ehiogu, who only 24 hours prior had been rushed to hospital in London following a deeply worrying training ground collapse, had been taken from us at the youthful age of 44, having ultimately suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.

Remembered forever for ‘that’ goal at Parkhead, Ehiogu was a massive part of the Walter Smith resurgence of 2007, a Rangers team who clawed back a humiliating 20 point gap to Celtic and made the final table look almost respectable.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Is this the smartest thing Pedro Caixinha has done at Ibrox?

Inspired by Alec Beveridge, a long-time poster on Ibrox Noise (we do read the comments you know), it has occurred to the site that manager Pedro Caixinha’s seemingly strange act of announcing his team 36 hours early for the trip to Rugby Park was in fact a calculated and deliberate act and not just a quirky and eccentric approach to the match.

As we remember, not only was the announcement of the team a day and a half early, it threw in a total left-fielder with the news two rookies would make their senior debuts in the heart of defence. And yet, despite many questioning whether Pedro had lost his marbles, in the weeks that have followed it has been an act completely vindicated.