Showing posts with label Barrie McKay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Barrie McKay. Show all posts

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Controversial: could this Rangers star be axed for Celtic?


Pedro Caixinha faces a number of key puzzles to solve before his men take the Hampden turf on Sunday, but one of the biggest talking points is the future of Barrie McKay; dropped unceremoniously for the trip to Pittodrie, McKay’s display at Ibrox when reinstalled for the visit of Thistle was enough to make his manager hook him at half time, amidst the contract talks and general lack of form the young winger is in.

To call McKay’s performance for the first 45 ‘poor’ is generous, such was his wayward passing, lack of running, and general lack of apetite. The young man is a favourite of Ibrox Noise, charting as we have his rise from breakthrough youth in 2012, to rejected outsider in the intervening years, before returning in glory under Mark Warburton to become Rangers’-then prized asset.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Is Barrie McKay set to leave?


Before today’s breaking news, Ibrox Noise was about to cover the recent turn of events with star winger Barrie McKay anyway, with the 22-year old forward having been ditched from the first team for the trip to Pittodrie, amidst rumours of discontent on his part towards the new Rangers regime.

Whatever the reason, manager Pedro Caixinha made a bold statement dropping him; in truth, McKay has not really lit up the SPL this season in the way fans expected. Indeed, the ex-manager outright ditched him around October due to his failure to deliver, and in fairness to McKay, he did produce a higher level in December when he regained his place, but this calendar year it must be said he has slightly regressed again.

Monday, 20 March 2017

How Ped the Ted could be Rangers' Special One

Article by: Richard Fillingham

It must have been music to Pedro Caixinha’s ears as he strode out of the Ibrox tunnel, in his first Ibrox appearance as our new Rangers manager. It was a special moment for him as all the Teddy Bears cheered him long and loud.

Special! He might become the Special One for us. See what I did there?

Ped the Ted marched out of his technical area and soaked up the acclaim of the packed crowd – what a fantastic memory for everyone who witnessed the scene.

Rangers started the game well and the crowd were right behind them from the start, especially coming on top of the good showing last week against Celtic and having Ped in the dugout to ring the changes for any weak performances. The play was slick and quick and there was a lot more urgency about all of the players, but then again, you would expect that from a Rangers team fighting for their places with a new manager making his own judgements.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Rangers fans' poll; January's transfers: are you happy with the deals?


Well January’s window is all complete. Much hype was made about the potential departures of Matt Gilks, Matt Crooks, Barrie McKay and Michael O’Halloran but O’Halloran’s switch to a rival club never materialised and in the end Rangers’ winter departures were the former two plus a glut of youngsters deemed inadequate for the journey ahead.

Mark Warburton managed to hold onto his prize asset in McKay, plus the undeniably useful O’Halloran, while clinching four incoming deals. Entering the Marble Staircase on a temporary basis with loans from Bournemouth and Arsenal respectively were Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral, while already on-loan youngster David Bates made his stay at Ibrox permanent with an undisclosed fee parting him from Raith Rovers.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Should Rangers sell Barrie McKay?


Alas, it was inevitable. After his scorching display in Germany, and stellar breakthrough season last campaign, Barrie McKay has finally attracted the interest of the vultures. Following a number of weeks ago confirming on this site that Stilyan Petrov’s Aston Villa were interested, our German energy drink chums have stolen a march with the reported £6M sum that Bundesliga high-flyers RB Leipzig are ready to put on the table for McKay’s services.

Let us not beat about the bush, it is a lot of cash, and given Rangers’ financially barren spell as things stand at the moment it is finance Dave King and friends will find very hard to reject, but from a football point of view it is terrible news – McKay is clearly Mark Warburton’s big success. He gave him a chance when McKay’s last three Ibrox managers would not, and he managed his form dip earlier this season impeccably. This site has run out of patience with the Hat and been extremely harsh on him, but credit where it is due – Barrie McKay is Warbs’ major success story.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Why being dropped saved this Rangers star


When it comes to picking the cream of the crop of Rangers’ recent player performances, it is a rich plunder. With Lee Wallace regaining form over the past few matches, and Kenny Miller’s exquisite and hard-working graft in midfield particularly noticeable, it is a great choice of the most impressive recent individual, with Lee Hodson, Jason Holt and all three of the defenders who have played also managing to raise their games significantly. Not to mention Joe Garner’s warrior-like domination of Rangers’ front line.

But for me, there is one other player whose standards have absolutely hiked of late, and whose management by Mark Warburton has managed to curtail his dismal form this season and restore the old self impressively; that man is Barrie McKay.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

So, Boyd was right then?


Ian Cathro’s appointment at Tynecastle set the cat among the pigeons in the anals of the SPFL. Opinion was divided over it, ranging from ‘too young’ to ‘progressive signing’ to ‘out of his depth’.

The latter can be mostly attributed to Kris Boyd, whose controversial ‘newspaper’ column gave Hearts’ new manager some of the most merciless criticism one is likely to witness in a national publication, and even yours truly distanced himself from that scathing attack, affording Cathro more respect than the ex-Rangers striker was willing to.

Going by today’s display and result, Boyd was not only bang on, but a lot of people in Scottish football and beyond owe him a genuine apology for the insults they threw at him as a result of his piece.

Friday, 4 November 2016

A tale of two wingers


When Barrie McKay arrived on the scene in 2012 at Brechin’s Hedge, he showed a maturity that transcended his years and was by far the standout talent on Rangers’ maiden match of the journey.

His deft flicks, running, skill, pace and vision with the ball defied his 17 years and the lad looked to be the kind of player Rangers manager Ally McCoist would build his entire team around.

Alas, that did not happen, and the winger found himself farmed out on loan for the majority of life in the lower divisions, and it was not until Mark Warburton arrived on the scene that he finally got his true chance at Ibrox. And oh how he took it!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Barrie McKay and Scotland


When it was announced over the past week that Rangers’ winger Barrie McKay was being called up along with his captain Lee Wallace for Scotland’s crucial world cup qualifier against Lithuania, reaction was most definitely mixed from Ibrox Towers.

On one hand from whatever angle you take it, it is definitely a major football currency to earn international caps, and adds to a player’s prestige and general value. When a team is looking at a new signing target, one of the first thing fans do is check out if he is an international.

It is worth something, a lot, in fact.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Who starts for Rangers?


Talk of Twitter, Facebook and pubs right now among Bears is Rangers’ starting XI tomorrow for the first league Old Firm encounter since 2012.

The hype around this match has reached fever pitch and rarely has an Old Firm clash been this eagerly anticipated, but one thing fans rarely seem to be able to agree on is who should don the Light Blue at Parkhead.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Scotland? It's a waste of Rangers' time...


Ibrox Noise has covered the rapidly deteriorating relationship between Rangers and Scotland for some considerable time now.

If it was not the infamous Burley regime, Boozegate and the end of Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor’s Scotland careers, it was Lee McCulloch seeing how badly the Scottish regime was being run and having the foresight to get out by retiring. Then there was Lee Wallace booed by Scotland fans, Ian Black, booed by Scotland fans and the general cesspit of hate the game north of the border frequently aims at all things Ibrox.

But last night summed up quite starkly just how dreadful this present Scotland regime, be it Strachan, Levein or aforementioned Burley in charge, has been in its dealings with Rangers.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Ragged Rangers back to earth with a bump


Back to the Promised Land, hopes had been so high among Rangers fans that the visit of expected SPL bottom feeders Hamilton Academicals would see a comfortable home win for Rangers’ first match in the Premiership for four years.

Indeed, Rangers, Wilson, Crooks, and Windass aside had a full squad fit and available, while their guests languished with ten first-team absences.

It all had the makings of a pretty smooth return to the top flight and a morale-boosting score.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Rangers are back, pass it on...


Four long years. 48 months. We have all aged almost half a decade waiting for Rangers to return to where they belong, and after the nightmare of the Brechin Hedge, the motorways next to various third and second division part time clubs, and drawing at home to Dumbarton, Rangers finally take their place back in the Scottish Premiership.

This has been a long road, a long and hard road.

It has seen fan splits, club splits, boardroom politics, reputations created, destroyed, social media battling, marches to Hampden, and an infinite number of other subplots which defined so much about the maelstrom Rangers and our fans experienced.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Did we really learn anything from the hiding by Burnley?


It was only a friendly. And as such conclusions cannot really be drawn too much about today’s comprehensive loss to Burnley at Ibrox, but nevertheless it provided a lot of food for thought going into next weekend’s Premiership curtain raiser against Hamilton, food it is clear manager Mark Warburton will be chewing on thoroughly.

The first point of note is Burnley are a step up in class from anything Rangers have faced in the past four years, including their own selves this time last summer. They have won the Championship, and their squad is befitting of a solid EPL team. It is also a better team than anything Rangers will face this upcoming campaign, by some considerable distance in fact.

Friday, 29 July 2016

This Celtic hero reckons Rangers players are inferior


Without any doubts, Rangers’ rise from the lower depths of Scottish football has been as quick as it has impressive. While four years felt like a long time for us fans, it is infinitely quicker than the 16 years of purgatory Leeds fans have suffered, and as such only 48 months is effectively something to be borderline grateful for by comparison.

Rangers have built a brand new squad, one befitting of the country’s top flight, but remarkably an ex-Celtic hero’s arrogance surfaced recently when former Parkhead striker Joe Miller decided a combined Old Firm XI would not feature a single Rangers player.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Were Tav & Waggy right to reject deals?


When claims broke yesterday that Rangers stars Martyn Waghorn and James Tavernier had rejected new contracts, reaction was initially of shock and disbelief.

Many fans were aghast with disappointment that the pair had turned Rangers down, while others pleaded with the players that it not be true.

But the story has gathered momentum, and a lack of official denial suggests it may indeed have legs. It does indeed seem, that over a month ago, the two players did reject new terms offered to them by the club, and as such there are a number of angles and aspects to this we must examine before coming to any sort of emotive conclusion about it.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Rangers' awards season: who won what


No denying last season was imperious as far as Rangers’ players were concerned. A great number had superlative performances for the lion’s share of the campaign, including some incoming talent. So here is a player-by-player listing of who won what, showing when it comes to standing out, nobody does it better.

Championship Player of the Year:

The big award for Player of the Year went to Rangers’ captain Lee Wallace. A marauding titan down the left, Rangers’ loyal Lee gave up a great deal for the Ibrox men's journey through Scottish football, and has been rewarded with the captaincy and both Club player of the year and PFA Scotland’s too. Thoroughly deserved.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Should Barrie McKay be bothered about Scotland?


When Rangers stars Lee Wallace and Barrie McKay were initially called up to the Scotland squad by manager Gordon Strachan after he labelled them as “fine a partnership as I have seen in some time” reaction from Rangers fans was widely positive.

Despite the Ibrox side’s exile from the national team in recent years, and the resentment it has caused (right or wrong) both towards Rangers and from Rangers, there has always been a sense that supporters wanted Rangers players involved in the Scottish regime again; that a Scotland team without any involvement from Rangers players is not a true Scotland at all, and is fundamentally weaker without them.

There also is a school of thought which remembers 2008, the Loch Lomond incident and the banishment of Rangers players from George Burley’s Scotland, before Craig Levein mostly kept the same trend up and made most fans hate Scotland.

Then we had Rangers’ admin in 2012 which led to further animosity and last but not least 2014’s referendum which has fractured Scotland in two making some fans feel this country and its team are not their own any more.

Whatever path you take, Rangers and Scotland has been a subject of controversy for some time, and the olive branch of McKay and Wallace being called up (even if only for cover for the Celtic and Aberdeen players involved in Europe) was probably a welcome one.

Unfortunately Wallace pulled out with a minor injury, while McKay was left on the bench. Yes, correct; Scotland’s brightest young talent in terms of his position was left to rot in the dugout and did not even get a start. He also did not come on as a sub when Scotland were trailing.

It is hard to know how to judge this; I did not witness the dire spectacle that was a feeble loss (by all accounts) but no shots on target in 90 minutes is up there with Levein’s 4-6-0 formation. Ergo, one cannot help but wonder if it is in fact a good thing that Barrie McKay played no part in it, despite being dragged all the way to Malta anyway.

He is a surefire starter for next season’s Rangers campaign, and until Rangers have a number of top class Scottish players who are knocking on the Scotland door, it seems a bit token to merely have a brief appearance by one player in a meaningless friendly which Strachan did not even take seriously enough to field a half decent team anyway.

So, for now, it does not seem to matter. McKay is enjoying life at Ibrox, and Scotland is just a distraction. Of course he will surely be proud to play for his country at some point, but it is likely he probably is not that bothered by it all right now.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Gordon Strachan: "Rangers duo are among the best I've seen"


Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has admitted Rangers’ dynamic duo Lee Wallace and Barrie McKay are amongst the best pairings he has seen for a long time.

The left-sided flankers have been rewarded for stellar seasons in the Championship with call ups for the upcoming friendlies against Italy and France, and the national regime’s manager, previously reluctant to select either, has now asserted his praise of two of Rangers’ star men, pointing out their worth to the national team:

"They've had a terrific season. As a partnership they work brilliantly together. It's as good a partnership as I've seen for a long time.”

Rangers stars return to Gordon Strachan's plans

Rangers’ captain Lee Wallace and star winger Barrie McKay have been called up to Gordon Strachan’s Scotland camp for the upcoming friendlies this summer, it has been announced today.

The meetings with Italy and France are set to be preparation for 2018 world cup qualifying, and the Championship’s Player of the Year and Rangers’ own Young Player of the Year have earned a return and debut respectively to and with the senior national team.