Monday, 24 October 2016

How Rangers' rebuild went so wrong

25th July 2015 and Rangers took to the field at Easter Road with their newly assembled team compiled by highly-coveted manager Mark Warburton and after a patchy first 40 minutes including being a goal down, James Tavernier’s stunning free kick equaliser ensured the travelling side never looked back and found the net another five times.

The performance destroyed the home side, following a season where then-manager Alan Stubbs’ men had the measure of Ally McCoist, Kenny McDowall then nearly Stuart McCall’s side too.

Things looked bright, very bright, and over the course of the season, despite the odd inevitable blip here and there, Rangers fair coasted their way to the title with room to spare.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

The BT Blackout

Following last night’s blackout with BT Sports where Rangers’ manager Mark Warburton made himself unavailable for interview with Eilidh Barbour or indeed anyone else from their network, it would appear that Rangers have ordered a selective boycott of BT Sport.

Indeed, the pre-match build up did not include any features on Rangers players (or management) at all, with only Inverness’s Richie Foran as part of the package before kick off.

The channel’s presenter Darrell Currie informed viewers that Mark Warburton would not be delivering their network a pre-match interview, but was expected to provide one post-match, which it was later confirmed by the host was not to happen either.

Have Rangers finally found the formula?

 Article by Sam Groves

When Rangers’ XI was announced an hour prior (as always) to last night’s kick off, there was barely a single Rangers fan in favour of the selection.

All the red herrings about Joe Garner starting had been just that, and defence saw an injured Danny Wilson miss out entirely and his partner Philippe Senderos dropped to the bench for Rob Kiernan and Clint Hill to unexpectedly be restored to first team action.

This site was hopeful/convinced we had seen the last of Kiernan and his name on the team sheet drew a collective groan from the faithful, with his selection and that of the team ridiculed by all and sundry.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

At last! The Rangers are back!

 Article by Sam Groves

After yet another excruciating international break, the real business makes its long-awaited return when Rangers travel to Inverness tomorrow to face a Caley side languishing in lower midtable mediocrity down in 8th.

Richie Foran’s side has managed only one less win than Rangers, and this really is a battle of attrition, with Rangers desperate to get their season truly underway and ICT desperate, as all SPL teams invariably are, to get another one over on Rangers.

Does Lee Wallace need a rest?

Article by Sam Groves

By his own concession, Lee Wallace is not at his best:

“When you are a player and you are searching for your best form – and I put myself in that category, as will some other guys in the dressing room – it’s all down to how you prepare. It means you have to come in here every single day and work that little bit harder, eat that little bit better, study that bit more in-depth and really look to get that form back."

His attitude to regaining that form is faultless, but without a shadow of a doubt the outstanding left back of the past four years for Rangers who captained his side to the Championship title last season has been some way off producing what we know he can.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Making sense of Rangers' serial sagas

Article by Sam Groves

It is hard to know exactly how to start this article. Is it with the Joey Barton headlines dominating all things Rangers? Is it with the crucial trip to Inverness on Friday which must see a continuation of the bright form (after a slow start) against Partick? Or is it with the excellent news that defensive midfielder Jordan Rossiter’s return to training gives Mark Warburton a full squad to choose from for the first time this season?

Good news, bad news, important news. The rollercoaster of emotions that is Rangers right now.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Joey Barton; the worst mistake

With today’s confirmation that the Joey Barton circus continues on, the signing of the ex-Marseille anchor is beginning to look like one of the biggest mistakes of the Warburton era.

Indeed, the saga and sheer sideshow that has followed his entire career has made its way to Ibrox, and seriously questions the Magic Hat’s judgement in even wanting him.