Showing posts with label Bruno Alves. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bruno Alves. Show all posts

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Are Rangers the right 'project' for this France international free agent?

Rangers do have one or two problem positions at present. Left wing is certainly well documented, and right now we are also a tad unsure who is the best option for the number 9 slot.

But with backup defensive midfielder Jordan Rossiter back into injury trouble, Rangers have just one anchor available, Ryan Jack, and even he was an injury concern following a scare at Firhill.

If there is one thing lack, despite Pedro’s claims otherwise, it is a real leader in the middle of the park. Graham Dorrans really is not a leader, and Jack, while performing admirably, could probably use a little guidance from an experienced pro who has played at the absolute highest levels.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Shock selection on the cards for the Old Firm

The odd thing about Bruno Alves’ injury is while no one ever wants to see an injury to a player on their team, the Portuguese’s performance had hardly merited his inclusion in the ‘indispensible’ column – not unlike previous matches he had been off the pace, outmuscled by an opposition striker, and seemed lacksidasical.

So when we saw him taken off, it was not with the fear I expected. The only puzzle is why senior defender Danny Wilson was not used as his replacement.

Two minutes into Ross McCrorie’s appearance and we could see why the 19-year old had been selected to replace the team captain.

Debate: has marquee summer signing delivered or disappointed?

The site received a very interesting comment recently from Ibrox Noise regular, Blue Blue:

“I may be the only one but for me the biggest disappointment so far is Bruno Alves. He was culpable at both goals on Friday (v Partick). He looks like he thinks this is all very easy and he doesn't need to work too hard. I think the full backs are a question mark but I expected more from Alves. He should be managing the entire back 4 giving them clear direction minute by minute (or moment by moment as PC would say).
We should be getting much more out of this top professional.”

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Rangers injury crisis potentially grows - up to SIX out of Old Firm?

Tonight’s hard-fought Betfred Cup win over Partick came at a potentially high cost, with yet more possible casualties adding to Rangers’ ever-growing injury list, propelling the situation into a mild crisis.

Rangers got to the semis by hook or by crook, but it was not without drawbacks, as on top of Jordan Rossiter (knee), Niko Kranjcar (knee), and Lee Wallace (groin), captain Bruno Alves was withdrawn early with a suspected calf strain only to be followed by deputising left back Declan John with a possible hamstring.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Eleven key talking points from Rangers' loss to Hibs

So as every man, woman and their dog know, we lost to Hibernian today. Much had been made of the gravity of this fixture leading up to it, and to call it an eventful 90 minutes is not quite doing it justice.

Ibrox Noise takes you through the key aspects of Rangers’ second SPL result of the season.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Opening day at Motherwell; analysing the Rangers

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

My colleague Greg Roots yesterday provided a constructive and analytical piece covering his thoughts on the opening match of Rangers’ season. It was fairly positive and I wanted to add some further site ideas into the mix.

There was a lot of hype about this fixture – it was Rangers’ first competitive outing since the Niederkorn disaster, and despite the progressively improving friendly performances and results, the real litmus test was the bread and butter of the SPL.

Motherwell remain a side expected to contend for relegation, despite their summer overhaul, and Rangers’ travels to such grounds over recent times have not been terribly inspiring – Pedro Caixinha, the players and us fans were hoping yesterday would buck that trend and give us a lot of uplift.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Is this summer signing "Rangers Class"?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

If one thing has stood out over the past three friendlies, it is the astonishing impact of Bruno Alves and Graham Dorrans, and the way they have subsequently helped and improved Fabio Cardoso and Ryan Jack respectively.

Meanwhile Daniel Candeias, who looked a hopeless case in Luxembourg, has shown in the past three friendlies more threat, tenacity and quality than Barrie McKay did all last season.

But it is the impact of Dorrans that has stood out for this author, even more than the “Alves Effect”.

Rangers, friendlies, and the SPL title

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Knee jerk reactions are bad. Last summer we saw the likes of Joey Barton, Philippe Senderos, Jordan Rossiter and Niko Kranjcar arrive at Ibrox and we allowed ourselves to buy into the idea our side was in with a sniff of the title.

I mean, when you look at the calibre of player on paper that was now on Rangers’ books, it was not a completely insane notion. However, being completely routed by Burnley with a number of these new players in the team was a damning omen to the disappointing season Rangers would have before Mark Warburton packed up his stuff and exited by the back door.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Sunday, Wednesday & Bruno Alves

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

After what has felt like a bit of a stuttering pre-season, the last two performances and results have seen Pedro’s Rangers Regime build up a keenly-awaited head of steam.

While no one would pretend the job is complete, and in fact we would all likely concede there is some distance to go, nevertheless the fact recent displays have shown a sharp upturn in both quality of play and ability to score bodes a touch better than the likes of our depressing exit from Europe.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ok, ok - the DEFENCE...

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

For every transfer story we bring you, for every analysis of the state of the SPFL we compose, and for every time we twaddle on about formation, the one comment we keep on getting back here at Ibrox Noise is about the defence.

It has been the most enduring theme of this transfer window, and while we have raised it in the past, we shall do so again by public demand.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

The man who can make all the difference for Rangers

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

If Rangers have lacked one thing over the past five years (and let us face it, it has been more than one thing) it is a defence.

Gone are/were the days of David Weir and Carlos Cuellar, and more recently, the likes of Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian – instead Rangers fans have had to suffer a multitude of inferior stoppers like Lee McCulloch, Emilson Cribari, Ross Perry, Darren McGregor, Bilel Mohsni, and of late, Rob Kiernan.

Indeed, fans used to past titans like Richard Gough, Terry Butcher, John Brown and the like were forced to get used to such bang average (or worse) defenders representing the Rangers in recent years. Never have Rangers been more insulted by Emilson Cribari briefly wearing the captain’s armband.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Ten things we learned from Marseille

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Few would deny Rangers’ pre-season has not been entirely plain sailing. Some disappointing close-door results along with a painful exit from European competition has left the club and fans licking our wounds and trying to figure out where things were going wrong.

So when news broke that Rangers were to face French giants Marseille the collective sigh and ‘we’ll get gubbed’ rung around many with a feverish intensity, many it must be said, including Ibrox Noise.

We feared today, with unsettled players, a manager unsure of his best strategy. We need not have worried.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Part Four: Defending the Rangers

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Throughout this four-part series, Ibrox Noise has received mixed feedback, mostly agreeing with us on our summations, but crucially several requests have been nagging about the state of the defence.

The site raised this earlier in the transfer window, and was roundly abused by a number of ‘fans’ for daring to voice any concerns. Indeed, one or two replies threw the usual expletives our way and defended (pun not intended) the state of the defence and the signings made thus far.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Can these four men be the difference for Rangers?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

After the earlier flurry of transfers in the summer window activity, Rangers were dealt a bit of a blow with the untimely Europa League exit. However, that coincided with the latest incoming capture, and he, along with three others, could be pivotal this season in making Rangers seriously competitive again.

I am referring to Graham Dorrans, of course, but in conjunction with defender Bruno Alves, midfielder Ryan Jack, and striker Kenny Miller. While few would make a strong case that Rangers as a whole are ready to really push at the top of the table, there are grounds that these four men are the difference between midtable obscurity and a serious fist at the SPL summit.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Alves absent till August?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

With July now well underway in earnest, Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha confirmed that new signing Bruno Alves is at least two weeks away from joining up with the Rangers squad, which forces the conjecture that fans may not start to see the summer’s star capture at anything like his best until next month.

With Alves’ busy June and early July occupied by FIFA’s Confederation’s Cup, the 35-year old former Zenit and Porto stopper has been without a significant break bar Italian football’s traditional 16 days over winter, and with summer normally being a break for players Alves naturally had little time off with the Confederation’s Cup taking up his calendar.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Brilliance of Bruno - how Pedro pulled off a masterstroke

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Rangers fans have fond memories of Carlos Cuellar’s time at Ibrox. Frankly the Spaniard was a colossal defender for Rangers, forming an immense partnership with David Weir and operating at a level above what fans were used to – his positional sense, strength, aerial ability and composure on the ball were major contributors to Rangers’ incredible run to Manchester in 08 and the lad broke our hearts when he departed for Birmingham that summer.

It is safe to say Rangers have not really been embarrassed by a plunder of riches in that part of the pitch since. Sure, there has been Madjid Bougherra, Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian – all internationalists and all doing the Famous a decent turn. But none of them were exceptional at Ibrox, not like at the level of Cuellar. 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Confederations Cup: don't miss new Rangers star Bruno Alves in action...

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Rangers fans excited by the prospect of watching new signing Bruno Alves in action at Ibrox can enjoy a sneak preview when the outstanding stopper takes to the Russian pitch tonight in the Confederations Cup semi final against Chile, live on ITV/STV at 19:00 hours.

The 35 old titan has received rave reviews for his performances thus far in the marquee competition, but due to time differences the majority of Portugal’s matches have been at a slightly unsociable 16:00 which does not suit a lot of fans during their working hours.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Transfer window: should Rangers fans be worried about this?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

As we have said time and time again, we are truly impressed with how efficient and quick Rangers have been in this summer’s transfer window. Eight players in and possibly more to come is a very decent return so early in the window, and suggests Rangers will have a very different look come the new season.

However, despite all the euphoria and joy over all the inbounds, and the optimism caused by events off the pitch, there is a nagging worry just beginning to plant a seed of doubt.

Monday, 12 June 2017

"But they're all foreigners..."

Few could deny there is a distinct Hispanic flavour now to Rangers’ ranks. Over the course of this incredibly eventful transfer window, manager Pedro Caixinha has called on every trick in his Portuguese book and every contact he has ever known to recruit swathes of players from both his homeland and elsewhere.

There has been a touch of concern from some quarters of the Rangers support about just how many overseas recruits are being sought, and how it does seem a little like bulk purchase of unfamiliar players, with the question of how they can all gel quickly.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Is THIS why Rangers chose Pedro?

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

We now realise why Rangers chose new Portuguese manager Pedro Caixinha to take over the reins at Ibrox. During his interview with the board, it has become obvious to me that he convinced them that he had all the right credentials and had also earned the right to manage and coach at a huge club the size of Rangers.

He must have promised the board that come the close season he would be in a great position to upgrade the inferior players he had inherited at the club from the dreadful Mark Warburton who very nearly relegated Nottingham Forest once we showed him the door for letting us all down so badly.