Showing posts with label Aberdeen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Aberdeen. Show all posts

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Aberdeen, Rangers, and the slaughtering of Ryan Jack

One of the worst-kept secrets in Scottish football is Aberdeen’s former captain Ryan Jack making a summer switch to Ibrox. I say former because the press has made quite a big deal of the fact the Pittodrie outfit relieved him of the armband and furnished Graeme Shinnie with it instead.

Indeed, the press and Scottish football in general have made a real stink about the fact Jack is swapping Pittodrie for Ibrox, as if such behaviour is abhorrent.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Investing in the Rangers

Bookmakers have released odds for the 2017-18 season and Celtic have been made 1/10 favourites to win another title. Rangers are second favourites, but Pedro Caixinha’s men are not being given much of a chance by the bookies after finishing more than 30 points behind Celtic this season.

A Sports Interaction review and a trawl through various sites shows Rangers are trading at around 8/1 to win next season’s Premiership. Unless the club seriously improves its transfer business in the summer there will be few takers. At least Rangers are ahead of Aberdeen in the betting. Manager Derek McInnes has been laying into Rangers for finishing below his team this season, saying it’s embarrassing given the financial clout the club has.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Pedro makes worrying admission

When a new manager comes in, there is often a period of adjustment – from formations, to selections, to how the press are handled. Fans equally have to adjust to the new way of doing things, given how locked they previously were into the last manager’s methods.

There is often a honeymoon spell, where the new boss ekes out extra from his new squad of (usually) underachievers and fans often poke fun at the ex manager pointing out how the new one is getting so much more from the same players.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Rangers complete first midfield summer signing; reports

Unconfirmed reports circulating around Ibrox claim new manager Pedro Caixinha has finally completed his first signing, a three year deal for Aberdeen’s Ryan Jack, it is said.

The 25 year old midfielder has been on Rangers’ radar for some time, and has been an integral part of the Dons’ side which has sweeped its way to second place in the SPL, while performing impressively against Rangers along the way.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Silence of the Sheep

Few could deny Pedro Caixinha’s start to life in Scotland has not been the smoothest. Despite that convincing dispatch of Hamilton on his debut, the Portuguese’s methods since then have come under the spotlight, as did his underwhelming subsequent two matches; first that mediocre draw against Steve Robinson’s Motherwell, before an even more average loss of two points at Jig’s Killie.

Coupled with revealing his team selection for Rugby Park 36 hours early, to explaining his actual tactical methods in detail during press conferences and club videos, to borderline accidently insulting Kenny Miller as an old man whose best years are behind him; Pedro has not had it easy of late, drawing scorn from most.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Rangers' fan poll: to boycott away matches next season or not?

 Richard Fillingham

I try to make my articles both interesting and informative, however this next topic really does split opinion in our loyal support. So much so that a poll to find out the true percentage of the fans feelings would probably help everybody to decide the way forward - and what is best in the long term for our beloved club. I would like to address the outstanding question for a lot of the Rangers supporters for the forthcoming season.

Should Rangers fans boycott away grounds? At the end of the day, we are all individuals and we support our team in so many different ways.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

How Scottish football crumbled in 2012

 By Richard Fillingham

On 11 August 2012, Rangers played Peterhead away and could only muster a draw on their opening game of the season. It took a last minute equaliser by Andy Little to gain a 2-2 result. It was certainly not the result the 4,500-strong capacity crowd were expecting as title favourites Rangers were given a rude awakening in the Scottish Football League's lowest division.

It was a sad day for Rangers, but not everybody realised that it would turn out to be a disaster for most other teams in the Scottish Premier League, because of the disastrous lower gates for the next few years, due to thousands of missing Rangers supporters at every game. The Scottish Premier League’s loss was the SPFL’s gain. Our support filled nearly every ground in the third division and the away teams and their fans treated us as very welcome guests and our board members were welcomed with open arms. Changed days for Rangers to be treated well by other teams.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Warburton frustration over delay; McInnes murmurs

While Mark Warburton remains the odds-on favourite for the Rangers job with his odds in fact shrinking further to 1/12, there are increasing murmurs within Scottish football circles that Derek McInnes has emerged as a very dark horse indeed, and that the delay on the management announcement is due to negotiations with Aberdeen over compensation.

McInnes, who had two years to run on his existing contract before Aberdeen reportedly offered him a further extension, had been around 6/1 consistently but has seen those odds reduce to 11/2 in recent days from some outlets, with growing rumours over those aforementioned negotiations.