Showing posts with label Arsenal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arsenal. Show all posts

Friday, 19 May 2017

Sergeant Warburton's Loan-ly Rangers Club - where are they now?


If one thing punctuated Mark Warburton’s ultimately disastrous regime at Ibrox, it was his unforgiveable use of Ibrox and Murray Park as a pseudo-lab for other teams’ youth players while borderline auditioning himself for another gig by showing how ‘well’ he could develop these young players.

As a homage to our fine ex-manager, Ibrox Noise decided to take an irreverent look down Memory Lane and have a look at all the departed loanees Bread Man brought in and ask the pertinent question: ‘where are they now?’

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Rangers' summer exodus; this is what we know so far


So the wheels on Rangers’ summer overhaul are well and truly turning before the split even finishes. With three matches still remaining of the Ibrox season, news has already broken of some of those who are definitely staying, leaving, and may be coming in. Let us do a round up of what we know for sure so far.

Outgoing:


Clint Hill:

As we told you yesterday, Hill’s services are no longer required and the 38 year old becomes a free agent this summer, with no new deal offered. He leaves with our best wishes and really did do a shift for us over the past season, but Caixinha has decided to part ways.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Confirmed: Rangers' duo departure


In the worst-kept secret known to man, Rangers stars Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral have been confirmed as returning to their parent clubs this summer.

With Pedro Caixinha delivering his now-famous list of desired transfer targets, neither midfielder is thought to be on it and both players are now set to depart permanently following the final post-split fixture against St Johnstone on Sunday 21st.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

The three stars of Rangers' future?


If there is one justification to manager Mark Warburton’s fixation on midfielders, it is the abundant truth that while he has more on his roster than is generally normal for a top flight team to have in that position, few of them are actually any good. Of those available, prior to January’s window, it could be argued absolutely none of the midfielders Mark Warburton had at his disposal were even up to the standard required.

Obviously the blame for this has to be more than significantly at his door, and that of Frank McParland, but either way, the depth to choose from in that department was weak. Out of favour Matt Crooks (now a Scunthorpe loanee), perennially-wasted out of position Andy Halliday (still unconvincing at DM), and the struggling Jason Holt who simply has not performed at the level expected of him since the step up to the SPL were the staple choices available. Other options include Josh Windass (depressingly out of form) and Harry Forrester (has fallen into the fringes of the first team) so it is evident that Rangers’ quality in the engine room was extraordinarily poor.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The mess in midfield


If ever a transfer window summed up the aimless direction Mark Warburton is going in, it would be this one. With two new creative midfielders signed up over the past 48 hours, to call the man’s obsession with midfield unnerving would be something of an understatement.

Since this window began, Rangers have been linked with at least five creative midfielders, two of them confirmed as joining up at the Marble Staircase, while the likes of Jota and Hepburn Murphy have gone colder.

And many fans are questioning what Warburton’s signing policy actually is as a result, with an increasing level of exasperation and frustration over the continued targeting of not only creative midfielders, but apparently only loan deals for them too.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

End of the road for Philippe Senderos?


When Rangers were first linked with Philippe Senderos, it looked finally like Mark Warburton was taking Rangers’ defensive woes seriously. A long-standing complaint from most fans was the fragility at the back, and the unreliability of the Wilson Kiernan partnership, a duo which was just about sufficient for the Championship but would surely never cope with the country’s top tier.

Hence when Rangers not only got linked to ex-Milan, Arsenal and Valencia centre-half Senderos but actually had the 50+ Swiss cap train at the club’s Auchenhowie facility, it looked a surefire solution to Warbs’ defensive headache.

Here was a top-class defender with Uefa Cup, Champions League, European Championships and World Cup experience and he was earning a deal at Ibrox?

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Who starts in Rangers' defence?

Article by Greg Roots
 
(Later on today Richard Fillingham will look at tactical approaches Warbs could employ on Saturday, but this morning, Greg asks who he will select as the defence.)
 
With two sleeps to go until the first SPFL Premiership Old-Firm in history, and the first league encounter since we met in the SPL in April 2012, it is beginning to feel a bit like Christmas eve. The excitement builds up to the point where you can’t sleep, and 7am on the Saturday just can’t come quickly enough.

Just like every other talking point that surrounds our club and fan base, our supporters are divided over a number of issues regarding this weekend’s encounter with our fiercest rivals.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Profile: exactly what have Rangers signed in Philippe Senderos?

 Article by Richard Fillingham

After a two-week trial period, Rangers' management team finally offered 6’ 3”, 31-year-old experienced centre back Philippe Senderos, a one-year-contract. With Mark Warburton desperate to bolster a defence that is susceptible to losing goals at corners, they made their pitch for his services. The 57-cap Swiss internationalist was deemed to be the quality defensive player the Ibrox club were desperate to add to the squad. Philippe is another free agent signing and is excited to join such a world-wide club in their quest to win this season’s Premiership.

Ex-Swiss international team-mate Ramon Vega is sure Senderos can be an Ibrox hit, and says,

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Germans make a move for Rangers target?


Rangers’ apparent defensive target Philippe Senderos has reportedly been interesting Bundesliga 2 side 1860 Munich.

The second division German giants have taken an apparent shine to the Swiss international following his stint at Murray Park, where the former Arsenal and Milan star has been impressing Mark Warburton, but the delay over a deal may have provoked the Germans into making a move.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Report: Rangers offer one year deal to former Milan and Arsenal star


Rangers have this morning been linked with a move for former Arsenal and AC Milan centre half Philippe Senderos.

The 31 year old stopper has experience at the highest level, with plenty of time spent in the EPL, and Serie A with the Milan giants, and has also plied his trade in Spain with BBVA cracks Valencia.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Warburton eyes invincible defender

 Greg Roots

If the latest rumours are anything to go by, then Mark Warburton has his eye firmly set on Ivorian centre back Kolo Toure.

The 35 year old was recently released by J├╝rgen Klopp after a lengthy spell in England, playing for clubs at the highest level. Toure was famously part of Arsene Wenger’s ‘invincible’ Arsenal side as well as appearing in a couple of major European finals, although unfortunately he won neither of them.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Just why do Rangers want so many midfielders?


With the absolute glut of signing targets emerging in the past week or so, the vast majority of players Rangers have been linked to are midfielders. From Joey Barton to Niko Kranjcar, from Jordan Rossiter to Alex Pritchard, from Matthew Knox to you name it, Mark Warburton has really gone quite postal when it comes to midfield talent.

Sure, Rangers are also linked with quite a few forwards too; Danny Graham, Jason Cummings and Danny Ings have all been mentioned in the Ibrox breath as well, but it is undeniably midfield which has seen the most activity, which is ironic as it was already arguably the strongest area of the team.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Arsenal's Gedion Zelalem at Ibrox - half season report


With six months of his (now) season-long loan deal run down, it is worth a look at Gedion Zelalem’s longer-term prospects at Ibrox, and whether manager Mark Warburton will desire to retain his services for potential life in the Premiership, should Rangers make it.

He came to Govan in a blaze of publicity, being been rated as one of the world’s top 10 youngsters during his time at Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.

The German-born US international was described by his former coach as having the passing of Xavi and the dribbling of Iniesta, and during his early displays for his new club it was easy to understand why these labels were being attached to him. A borderline languid and casual player, his balance on the ball and vision, not to mention the time and space he seemed to have made him almost Pirlo-esque and in the early days at Ibrox he was becoming a fan-favourite and a Warbs’ starter.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

How Gedion Zelalem beat his critics


Without a shadow of a doubt, Arsenal’s on-loan playmaker Gedion Zelalem had enjoyed a stellar first quarter of the season at Ibrox. Arsene Wenger clearly trusted Rangers’ manager Mark Warburton to help get the USA youth international some first-team game time under the right tutelage, and the German-born 18 year old certainly showed fans why he had been classed as one of the best 10 youth players in the world.

However, a below-par display at St Mirren Stadium followed by an underwhelming cameo as a substitute at Easter Road saw a barrage of criticism aimed at the youngster from demanding fans, some of whom elected to suggest he was overrated and ‘had not done much’ since his arrival at Ibrox.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Report: Zelalem loan extended

According to reports, Rangers and Arsenal have agreed a further six months for on-loan Emirates star Gedion Zelalem to continue plying his trade at Ibrox.

The 18-year old playmaker has been a revelation for Rangers, proving himself every inch the potential future superstar his ability promises, and Ibrox boss Mark Warburton has been in talks to have his loan from Arsenal extended, which was initially the plan if all parties were pliable.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Warburton admits Oduwa is on borrowed time


While negotiations are underway to extend Arsenal playmaker Gedion Zelalem’s loan from the initial six months to full season as agreed early on with Emirates' manager Arsene Wenger, the news is not so bright regarding Rangers’ other on-loan star from the Premier League.

While Rangers and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur only agreed a season-long long in the first place, faint hopes had been raised within the Rangers support that the White Hart Lane youngster, who has set Scottish football alight with his superb footwork, might either extend his loan for a further year.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Rangers fans' poll: has Zelalem or Oduwa impressed more?

Two of Rangers’ most prominent players this season have been the on-loan stars from London, Arsenal’s USA youth international central midfield playmaker Gedion Zelalem, and Tottenham Hotspur’s marauding box-of-tricks winger Nathan Oduwa.

The latter has impressed fans so much he has adopted their nickname for him, ‘Magic Feet’, a homage to the ‘Magic Hat’ of his manager Mark Warburton, while the young Emirates’ star Zelalem has strolled with an incredible swagger through life in the Championship, with performances belying his tender 18 years.

However, Ibroxnoise.co.uk wanted to poll its readers to ask which of these two sterling talents has impressed more. Is it the finest from Arsene Wenger’s charges at Arsenal, with the creativity from deep in Zelalem who has impressed you more, or has the man from White Hart Lane, so kindly furnished to Ibrox by Argentina’s Mauricio Pochettino, been the one to win you over?

Readers, it is over to you: who has had more impact in your opinion?

online survey

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Where do Rangers need to strengthen?

With 11 wins out of 12, a 100% record in the league and a return to form following a micro-lull, football supporters ouwith those of a Rangers persuasion (and outwith Scotland, of course) might be forgiven for thinking the Ibrox side were pretty content with both the squad and the results – but as manager Mark Warburton keeps preaching, Rangers constantly need to improve and develop.

To that end, what are the areas which require strengthening come January?

Monday, 28 September 2015

Report: Arsenal's Gedion Zelalem & his brilliance at Ibrox


When Rangers failed to snatch former Hibs’ playmaker Scott Allan, it was regarded as a major blow by many of an Ibrox persuasion, certain that the team needed him to solve the ‘regista’ problem plaguing the midfield.

Rangers, put simply, lacked a deep-lying playmaker – or the famous ‘Pirlo’ position; the kind of player who could dictate the pace of the game, slowing it down or speeding it up as and when needed, who could pick out the right pass, bring others into play and critically put his foot on the ball.

From absolutely nowhere, manager Mark Warburton pulled not just a rabbit out of a hat, but the magician’s assistant and half the stage props too when he persuaded Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to loan 18-year old USA youth international Gedion Zelalem to Ibrox until January, with a potential extension based on circumstances.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Gedion Zelalem: "Rangers are just like Arsenal"


Gedion Zelalem has confessed that he effectively holds Rangers in as high a regard as he does his parent club Arsenal.

The deep-lying playmaker has been a polished and high-quality addition to the Rangers’ engine room, with assists and composed, calm play, picking out the right passes at the key times and dictating the pace.

And a great deal of the influence he feels from Arsenal and Arsene Wenger is clearly coming through at Ibrox, where demand for success and flowing football is just as high as at the Emirates, if not more.