Showing posts with label Ally McCoist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ally McCoist. Show all posts

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Pedro stat that will concern Rangers fans


Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has started to divide Rangers fans down the middle every bit as much as Ally McCoist ended up doing. There is a school of thought where a significant proportion of the support want to give the Portuguese more time, support him, be faithful with him etc. Meanwhile the opposite branch have already decided he is not the man.

Ibrox Noise is in the latter group, and in truth, always has been. We could never understand why Rangers appointed Pedro, with alternatives like Tommy Wright, Derek McInnes and Nigel Pearson on the table. Sure, not quite Diego Simeone but surely more relevant and valid a choice than Pedro.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Why Rangers should find a role for THIS ex-star


With the recent news that ex-Ibrox stalwart Lee McCulloch is now out of a job, one wonders when the stories linking him with a return to Ibrox will begin.

The site was never the biggest fan of his as a player post-2012. He was an untouchable selection, with Ally then McCall always finding a place for him in the team come love nor money, and it was not on merit, given his form was average at best and diabolical at worst.

There was also the thorny issue of wage and many fans felt he was paid far too much and lumped him and McCoist together in a financially ignominious duo.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

How David Templeton may have helped solve the 'Rangers jinx'


As Rangers fans know only too well, there is a curious phenomenon taking place with regards departed players.

In the majority of cases, they are excelling at their new clubs above and beyond what they did at Ibrox.

Ibrox Noise has covered this situation, its bizarre nature causing us to try and look at both sides of the argument, in both explanation of it and confusion about it – probably making us look a touch contradictory.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Summer exodus at Ibrox continues...


Yet another summer exodus at Ibrox has continued with the breaking news that attacking midfielder Harry Forrester is to complete his long-awaited departure with a switch to English League One cracks Wimbledon.

Linked with various lower league sides, Forrester finally got his move out of Ibrox following manager Pedro Caixinha’s confirmation that the ex-Doncaster man was surplus and would be on his way out in due course.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Ex-Rangers star to return to Ibrox


This weekend sees more than a few subplots at Ibrox; Jamie Walker set to start against the side he wishes to join, manager-less Hearts trying to kick-start their season; but the one we will focus on today is the return home of one of Govan’s most controversial sons: Kyle Lafferty.

The guy sure gets Bears talking – a clear Bear himself, he had a reasonable time of it down south, following odd spells in both Switzerland with Sion and Italy’s Serie B with Palermo, which led to a prolonged period at Norwich.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Is it time for change at Murray Park?


When you see all the players that Ally McCoist, Mark Warburton and now Pedro Caixinha is signing, it is easy to see why the club have not been too clever at bringing their young players through from the Rangers youth system.

Let’s all hope that Pedro is a huge success with all his Portuguese and Mexican signings, however Rangers have to address their scouting system urgently for the long-term future of the club.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

From a Wigan reject to a Serie A star - Rangers' rebuild gets serious


To call the past week or so ‘active’ would be the biggest understatement one could muster. Rangers, desperately in need of an overhaul, have reportedly told up to a dozen players they are surplus to requirements, and have equally been linked to up to 30 different names in the past fortnight alone.

This has been a crazy time, but a good crazy time.

Rangers fans will never forget that illegal embargo our club suffered three years ago, where for three different transfer windows Rangers could not sign a soul, and were left with the dregs left over from the exodus of 2012, as well as the dross McCoist signed into the Club thereafter.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Are these three men Rangers' worst-ever managers?

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

In my honest opinion, Ally McCoist, Paul Le Guen and Mark Warburton are the three biggest failures that Rangers have ever had in management. If I have missed anyone as inept as those, please correct me.

Ally McCoist failed miserably to take us from the Championship into the SPL because, he signed too many poor players that couldn’t beat average teams – does it sound familiar to Warburton?

He was reputed to earn £860,000 a season by the old board for winning Scottish football’s two lowest divisions – an absolute disgrace! He also took the team to Trump Turnberry on the Friday night on their way to play Stranraer on a Saturday – at what cost to Rangers who were short of money? Idiotic!

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.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Always look on the briiiight, side of life!

 Article by Greg Roots

Facts are facts, and the fact is that we have started the season very poorly; picking up only half the points we have contested and being swept aside by our nearest rivals. The standard of performance that we were used to last season has disappeared, and now instead of high energy football we are experiencing a more laboured approach to the passing game that Warburton insists on sticking to for every match. Throw the Barton shenanigans into the mix and all of a sudden it looks like a full blown crisis at Ibrox…

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.

However…


“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.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

How Rangers & Walter Smith defied all odds 25 years ago


Ibroxnoise.co.uk's resident retro analyst Kenny Reid takes us back a quarter of a century to one of the greatest title triumphs in living memory.

HAVING served his apprenticeship at firstly Tannadice and then Ibrox under the watchful eye of Graeme Souness there was little doubt that Walter Smith was destined to take the helm at some stage. Continuity and his already strong bond with the players would ensure that his inevitable appointment would go through seamlessly.

However when Souness dropped the bombshell in April 1991 that he was taking the Liverpool job with immediate effect the timing was very far from ideal. Without a doubt Walter was the only choice as replacement but the pressure was almost intolerable. A third consecutive championship which just weeks before looked an absolute formality had now turned into an absolute nightmare. An injury list that wouldn’t have looked out of place at the front line of a war zone coupled with a loss of form had seen points steadily frittered away and was exacerbated by the form of a resurgent Aberdeen side that could sense that they might just beat us to the punch and win the title.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Defending the...defence?


Yet another article on Rangers’ defence. It really is borderline nauseating is it not; a topic that has been broached to death.

And yet, we have to admit it remains a valid and worrying subject.

2015. May. Rangers have just been morally crushed by condemnation of another year in the Championship. All season long fans consistently complained about the Mohsni, McCulloch and McGregor defence; it leaked 39 goals and that was a major component of Rangers’ failures.

2016. May. Rangers have just cruised to a Championship triumph under Mark Warburton, playing glorious football and winning the league comfortably. All season long the defence has, however, looked flaky at best, and the final stat of goals shipped? 34. Only five less than under McCoist, McCall and McDowall’s disastrous season combined.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

How Kenny Miller will star in the SPL


Kenny Miller never had the easiest of relationships with Rangers fans. After his switch from Easter Road in 2000 in the first of his spells in Govan, he experienced a slightly strained existence with the Ibrox faithful. Not only was his second departure (in 2011) extremely unpopular and in rather ignominious circumstances, but it compounded his joining on that second occasion in 2008 having had a spell at the wrong end of Glasgow too.

So when he returned for a third time having enjoyed lavish surroundings in Canada’s Vancouver MLS outfit, it was only greeted with muted applause.

Monday, 23 May 2016

First Rangers' player release of the summer confirmed


STV News’ Raman Bhardwaj has confirmed today that Rangers have released striker Nicky Clark, in what is expected to be the first in a long line of departures this summer.

The 24-year old forward never convinced in his three years at Ibrox, since joining under Ally McCoist way back when in 2013, failing to hold down a starting berth under any of the last four managers, McCoist included, and today’s news is an unsurprising end for a player who was out of contract anyway.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Should Rangers forgive Scottish football?

 Richard Fillingham

Rangers are finally back to where they belong in the Premier League. We also have a Scottish Cup final against Hibernian to look forward to, and the fans are absolutely delighted with their management team, and now everyone seems to be very happy in the Rangers camp.

The main objective for the management team, scouts and their incoming players’ agents at this time of the season is to look through the hundreds of players that will become available this summer and decide which ones they can afford, and if they will eventually sign any of them if they prove to be very good value for money. I am looking forward with great delight to proving our quality in the Premier League, depending on our new signings performing next season of course.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Watch out Premiership - The Rangers are back


Summing up the nightmare Rangers fans have gone through over the past four plus years is an impossible task. From the Lloyds debt threat nonsense of 2011, to the overhanging Big Tax Case, to the plunge into admin thanks to a crook owner, then an exodus of mostly the entire playing squad, Rangers fans have had it anything but easy in the past half decade.

That 2012’s admin and Third Division demotion was simply the clear starting point for the upcoming grief fans would go through is neither here nor there; for four years Rangers supporters have gone through the wringer with diabolical teams, diabolical management, diabolical board members and diabolical infighting between the supporters themselves; at more than one point many feared the Premiership was becoming a pipe dream, and that Rangers would end up like Leeds – stuck in the lower leagues for longer than they deserved. Utd, of course, are still in the wilderness.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Scottish football fears Rangers' return to the top

By Greg Roots

Even the most pessimistic Rangers fans cannot deny that our return to the top table of Scottish football is imminent. We will be crowned champions this season and we will playing in the SPFL Premiership in the 16/17 season.

The impact of this, however, has not quite sunk in yet. Five years ago, the prospect of sealing promotion back to the top division would seem preposterous. Roll the clock forward though, and the same event signifies the eventual end of what has been, for the majority, a dreadful spell in the bowels of Scottish football. Of course the new board and Mark Warburton have resorted prosperity to our great club, but nothing will ever rid my mind of the long-ball memories that McCoist provided us with.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Barrie McKay - the Ranger who wouldn't give up


The story of Barrie McKay’s time under previous managers has become something of infamous folklore.

Dismissed by all three of Rangers’ managers since he broke through in 2012, McKay’s ability was shunned and his potential ignored, as he found himself constantly out on loan when he should have been where he belonged.

While he made a few appearances under his first senior manager in Ally McCoist, he dropped out the picture and disappeared into loan obscurity, when even a blind man could tell from his displays in the Third Division that he had plenty of talent.

Can Rangers beat Celtic?


Ever since the abysmal display at Hampden a year ago against Ronny Deila’s Celtic by then-Rangers manager Kenny McDowall’s Ibrox outfit, the pressure regarding the Old Firm match has been doused a tad.

The fact one had not been played since April 2012 increased the intensity, but February’s tame encounter in Mount Florida which saw Rangers easily beaten went some way to easing the mounting pressure over the fact the fixture had not been played for years.

Rangers and Celtic are both in today’s draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, and while chances are slim that they could meet, given there are 16 teams left, nevertheless there is always a chance.

And the apposite question is do Rangers stand a realistic chance?