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

Monday, 6 November 2017

Why Rangers' prize starlet could become captain...

There has been a case ever since the emergence of the ‘Messi Barcelona’ that the art of defending has at best changed and at worst deteriorated. When we think in the past 20 years of the great defenders, the names Terry, Nesta, Maldini, Silva et al come to mind.

But when we cut to the past five years, suddenly the marquee world defenders become a lot thinner on the ground, and while there are still great defenders plying their trade, the number of them is much less than it once was.

The need to defend from middle to front has overtaken the old school of rear defensive stability we recall from the ‘good old days’.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The truth about Bruno Alves

On the subject of stats, even more intriguing numbers have surfaced this week courtesy of Dougie Wright with regards Rangers’ marquee stopper Bruno Alves.

The Portuguese veteran, with a CV the envy of all, arrived this summer in Govan with a huge fanfare, and was fully expected to dominate the SPL in a manner akin to the likes of Carlos Cuellar and Davie Weir.

As we know, it maybe has not quite worked out as obviously as that, and it has taken the Portuguese a while to adjust to the Scottish game; but stats released this week suggest in many ways he has more than adjusted, while others support the notion he is still finding his feet.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

These four players could be in trouble with the new manager

When a new manager is appointed following a disastrous predecessor, immediate reaction from fans is to see how the new boss will either galvanise the troops or completely rip up the old framework and install his new vision on proceedings.

When Uncle Walter came back in January 2007, he galvanised the troops with a mere three additions, and instantly Rangers were back to their best.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Rangers hit with double blow ahead of crunch Killie clash

On top of Bruno Alves’ suspension (regardless of how Rangers’ appeal pans out) Pedro Caixinha’s woes at Ibrox have deepened with the news he too has given a ban along with Motherwell counterpart Steve Robinson following their (admittedly comical) dismissal during the League Cup semi.

Rangers’ current captain was given a retrospective ban for two matches following his kick out at Louis Moult which prompted a strong response from an unknown spokesman at Ibrox apparently to STV, a response labelled a ‘statement’ by media channels but never actually appearing on any official club mediums, and which seemingly rejected the ‘offer’ of a two match ban for the Portuguese defender.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Are Rangers ready to make a statement?

With all the off-field nonsense surrounding Kenny Miller resurfacing again, it may have been forgotten to a few that Rangers have a massive cup semi final on Sunday to contend with.

While Graham Dorrans’ double seized all three points on the opening day of the season at Fir Park, not only was it a pretty poor display from Pedro Caixinha’s men, but Motherwell were nowhere near as in-form as they are now.

What should Pedro do about off-colour summer signing?

For all the plaudits returning Bruno Alves got last week, and for the praise the defence rightly received for such a solid display overall, there has been a small murmur in the support over recent weeks regarding the merits of Fabio Cardoso.

Even against St Johnstone the Portuguese stopper was a little unsure of himself, and did not seem to dominate as well as he did in the early part of the season.

Indeed, fans and the site praised him for borderline overshadowing his more illustrious partner, and impressing supporters with his workrate, pace, and willingness to get stuck in.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Rangers midfielder makes big claim about training

Jason Holt has admitted something which may have sincerely paid off against St Johnstone.

While captain Bruno Alves had a stellar night in defence, producing the kind of display we have all waited for from him, he was only one man, and Rangers’ returning midfielder has confirmed that one thing manager Pedro Caixinha worked on in training, which we mostly knew about, seems to have reaped rewards, especially if St Johnstone’s five-corner in succession sequence is anything to go by.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Why THIS change by Pedro can help Rangers clinch second

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

With a first team featuring the following players, I think you have to play every player in his best position if you want to get the best out of them, and have any chance of finishing 2nd this season.

Foderingham or Alnwick in goals. Hodson, Tavernier, Wallace, Danny Wilson, Cardoso, Alves, Bates, John and McCrorie in defence. Holt, Dorrans, Jack, Rossiter, Kranjcar, Dalcio, Pena and Windass in midfield. Miller, Candeias, Herrera, Morelos, Nemane and Hardie as our forwards to choose from.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Has Bruno Alves created a massive problem for Rangers?

If one thing stood out head and shoulders above everything else last night, it was Bruno Alves’ leadership. This was his first proper appearance as Rangers captain in the continued absence of regular captain Lee Wallace, and having watched the Portuguese stopper’s sterling display, not only will Wallace be wary of Declan John’s ability to take his slot at left back, but now there is a serious case that the ex-Porto man is a strong shout for relieving him of the captaincy too.

It is a tough subject to broach – Wallace has carried himself, his role, his conduct in general with distinction and dignity, and we all know what he essentially gave up to remain at Ibrox.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Pedro drops surprising selection hint for Friday

Surprisingly, Pedro Caixinha has dropped a major selection hint for Friday, suggesting that despite his being away on international duty and only-recently recovered from injury, senior defender Bruno Alves is not only available for selection on Friday but may actually start.

Most fans, ourselves included, were pretty convinced the ex-Zenit man’s late arrival back from world cup duty would inevitably lead to his being absent from the clash with Tommy Wright’s men, but Caixinha has instead suggested his lack of playing time against Switzerland means he is fresh and ready to take his starting place at McDiarmid.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Another massive call for Pedro - what should he do?

If there is one huge elephant in the Rangers room right now, it is the Kenny Miller shaped one.

From hero, to villain, to 'hero' again in the space of a few days, the 37-year old striker was seemingly dropped from the first team squad and forced into the youths, captaining as he did Graeme Murty's lads in a 5-2 demolition of Brentford.

Two key absences - defensive headache for Pedro

With confirmation today that Rangers defender David Bates is set to resume training on Thursday, manager Pedro Caixinha has a great deal of interesting decisions to make come Friday’s long-awaited trip to Perth.

With no Bruno Alves or Ross McCrorie for the journey north due to international commitments, the Portuguese manager has some big calls to make in defence with an enforced change or two in central defence.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Rangers hit by new injury blow?

Bruno Alves has been left out of Portugal’s clash with Andorra along with Swansea’s Renato Sanches due to continuing fitness concerns, it has emerged today.

Despite some outlets claiming he has been ‘dropped’, national coach Fernando Santos has decided neither player is worth the risk in a match the Selecção should probably win with their eyes closed.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Rangers shock: could Pedro drop star man?

When summer marquee signing Bruno Alves was taken off injured a few weeks ago against Thistle in the League Cup win, it sprung a surprise opportunity for young Ross McCrorie to see out the rest of the match, including, as it transpired, an extra time period.

The young Auchenhowie graduate excelled and impressed all around him, aiding his men see out the match via an eventually comfortable 1-3 scoreline, and the 19-year old earned rave reviews and calls for a shout against Celtic.

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.