Showing posts with label Brendan Rodgers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brendan Rodgers. Show all posts

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Ignominy at Ibrox

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

If you thought last Sunday’s shambolic first half at Hampden Park was bad – and you were right, you had to suffer an even more embarrassing situation at Ibrox yesterday in another one-sided 90-minute display. This time it was much worse with a resounding 1–5 demolition job on our own patch – totally demoralising!

In fairness, I don’t think too many of us were expecting a miracle result yesterday, coming so soon after only six days following the last outing to try and gain some confidence back into this easily-beaten Rangers team. It was left to Pedro Caixinha to convince his players that they could compete with an unbeaten SPL Celtic team at Ibrox, to warn his players not to stand off against this well-balanced opposition and to show the desire and passion missing from last week.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Old Firm shame - Old Firm blame

Rarely has the aftermath of an Old Firm clash been as surreal as this. Confusion, bewilderment, angst, fury, and a host of other bizarre and unexpected emotions have followed yesterday’s tragic ‘clash’ at Hampden, where the build up, match and fallout were all among the most downright strange I can remember associated with the historic bitter rivalry between the sides.

Signs did not bode overly positively in the first place when Pedro Caixinha went ‘Warby’ on us and told Charles Paterson on Sky that he did ‘not care about other teams’ which rather oddly contradicted his stance of weeks gone by that it is ‘important to study your opponent’. It was strange, confusing, and sent out a slightly mixed message of his intentions.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Celtic clash: these are the five big tests for Pedro

With Sunday’s Old Firm semifinal getting ever closer, Rangers could barely be going into the clash in better form. With only two goals conceded in our past seven matches and 17 dispatched, Rangers look a different prospect since the Loaf left, as new boss Pedro Caixinha impresses his philosophies on a previously beleaguered squad.

However, beating an admittedly solid Partick side at Ibrox is a slightly different prospect to overcoming the green and whites from the other side of the Clyde, and a number of key personnel and tactical issues surround Ped the Ted as he mulls over the XI he is set to send out onto the Hampden turf.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

What can Rangers do at Celtic Park?

Article by: Richard Fillingham
I must admit, even with all my years' experience of Rangers going to play in that hate-filled putrid atmosphere at Celtic Park, I am still not sure which way I want the Teddy Bears to play. Should they play a more defensive line-up at the start of the game? Playing a harder to beat XI could be changed to a more attacking style if we are behind in the match with 20 or 30 minutes to go chasing the game for a draw or for all 3 points.

Let me explain what Walter Smith used to do at Celtic Park and he had more success than any
other modern manager. He played very tightly by trying to have as many people in his side who could win the ball and then pass it. You have 52,000 Celtic fans spilling hatred all over the park and putting massive pressure on whatever referee gets the job. They are only human and try to remain impartial but unfortunately, they usually give Celtic an unfair advantage with awarding  free kicks in dangerous areas, which undoubtedly adds to the Rangers’ pressure.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Warburton - outfoxed and out-thought - AGAIN

For 30 minutes of last night’s visit to McDiarmid Park Rangers looked like the side who had put away both Aberdeen and Hearts in quick succession, not to mention the one who took midtable Kilmarnock to pieces earlier this season.

The play was fluid, dominant, and there was no question Rangers were far and away the better team for that first half hour. It looked to all intents and purposes that the two-match form dip between Hamilton and Inverness was a thing of the past and Warburton had once again got his troops smoothly oiled.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Old Firm League Cup victory can kick-start Rangers' season

Let’s not beat around the bush; Rangers have been disappointing so far this season. Naively, most Scottish football fans expected the Gers to go toe-to-toe with arch rivals Celtic at the top of the division in their first season back in the top flight but it hasn’t exactly panned out that way after a difficult start to life in the Scottish Premiership.

However, there is still plenty of time for Mark Warburton’s men to turn their form around as they look to build a title-winning side in the coming years. Who knows, a victory against Celtic in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals could go a long way – and a derby day success would certainly go down well with the fans after their recent 5-1 defeat.

Friday, 16 September 2016

An open letter to Joey Barton

Article by Cameron Willis

Firstly, I believe stuffing Ross County tomorrow without you in the team would be a welcome dent to your apparently ever-inflating egotism – not that it will necessarily happen. The stuffing or the ego dent. This is about Rangers and not Joey Barton, maybe tomorrow will be symbolic of that. Or maybe the holes in our squad might just show again. Time will tell, but at least I’ll be there.

Secondly, you’re welcome to come and fight for Glasgow Rangers Joey, but you pale into insignificance when it comes to the club. Mouthing off to the manager and then running to the press just about gives the measure of you. You’re not giving your heartfelt opinion on things, you’re stamping your deluded sense of authority on them. You're not bigger than Glasgow Rangers, you’re not bigger than Mark Warburton, you're not bigger than the Old Firm & you're not bigger than the SPL. You’re not bigger than anyone.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Will Rangers mount an instant assault on the SPL?

It has been an emotional four years packed with highs and lows, but finally Rangers Football Club are back where they belong: the Scottish Premiership.

The relief at making it back to the top flight after the implosion of 2011/12 is palpable, and yet there is a sense of expectation around Ibrox. Can Mark Warburton’s side maintain a serious challenge for the title this season?

Few are blown away by Celtic at the moment, and while their league triumph of 2015/16 was comfortable enough in the end, having lost just four matches, there were clear vulnerabilities. A goals conceded ratio of nearly one per game is hardly befitting of champions, and the manner in which they were defeated not once but twice by an upwardly mobile but limited Aberdeen side raises further doubts about their defensive quality.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Joey Barton & Brendan Rodgers; let the games begin

In the past 24 hours we have seen Rangers confirm the signing of the biggest name we have since Croatia’s Nikica Jelavic, and maybe even further back, while over at the East End Celtic confirmed ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as their new coach.

Whatever fans of both teams think of the other side, and my goodness have we not heard an opinion or two one way or another, you have to admit it has made next season’s Premiership the most interesting in many years.

And by many years, I even include pre-admin Rangers.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Warburton linked to Premiership vacancy

According to Sky Sources, Rangers manager Mark Warburton has once again been linked with a job down south, only this time it is the more lucrative Premier League the Magic Hat is on the shortlist for.

With Swansea manager Garry Monk today fired from his position at the Liberty Stadium, and Sky Sources claiming former Swans' boss Brendan Rodgers has ruled himself out of the running to return to Wales, the shortlist for the Premiership strugglers has been whittled down to out of work David Moyes, Gus Poyet and aforementioned Ibrox’ boss Warbs.