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

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.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Four players in two days? Rangers close to sealing deals; reports


Rangers are close to sealing deals for four new recruits over the next 48 hours, claim reports.

Manager Pedro Caixinha has been incredibly busy at work securing new acquisitions, and with Portugal’s Bruno Alves and ex-Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack already confirmed, it could be another four new faces similarly arriving by the close of play on Wednesday.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Meet Rangers' new central defence; 99% done


It really has not taken Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha long to build a new central defence. Following hot on the heels of Portuguese international Bruno Alves’ switch from Italy to Glasgow, it has been widely reported today that his fellow countryman Fabio Cardoso is also set to seal his switch to Govan, in his case from Vitoria Setubal.

The reason this is of so much importance is Cardoso is a massive missing piece of the Rangers jigsaw which had started to become a growing issue over the last few days – with Danny Wilson out injured till August, and Hill, Philippe Senderos and Rob Kiernan no longer part of Rangers’ plans, it was left to David Bates as Alves’ only potential partner.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

A possible starting XI next season - is it good enough?


With Rangers capturing Bruno Alves and closing in on Graham Dorrans and Carlos Pena,, the squad for next season begins to take some sort of shape. While it is still obviously at an embryonic stage, nevertheless we can begin to look at what kind of an XI Rangers fans can expect to see. It is naturally subject to lots of change, but based on what looks possible and what does not, we can start to compile a realistic starting team for next season’s campaign.

From a Wigan reject to a Serie A star - Rangers' rebuild gets serious


To call the past week or so ‘active’ would be the biggest understatement one could muster. Rangers, desperately in need of an overhaul, have reportedly told up to a dozen players they are surplus to requirements, and have equally been linked to up to 30 different names in the past fortnight alone.

This has been a crazy time, but a good crazy time.

Rangers fans will never forget that illegal embargo our club suffered three years ago, where for three different transfer windows Rangers could not sign a soul, and were left with the dregs left over from the exodus of 2012, as well as the dross McCoist signed into the Club thereafter.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Roundup: Rangers' summer business so far


Rangers’ summer transfer window is seriously hotting up. Here, Ibrox Noise takes you step-by-step through all the main wheeling and dealing to try and put it all in one digestible place.

Rangers' imminent new signing set to miss pre-season


Rangers’ imminent Portuguese signing Bruno Alves is set to miss a portion of pre-season at Ibrox, according to reports. The 35 year old is scheduled to take part in this summer’s Confederations Cup, meaning he will not be available between 17th of June and 2nd of July at the least.

The Euro 2016 winner is a mainstay of Fernando Santos’ team and was a crucial part of their 2016 success, and will play an equally significant role this summer too, but it does mean he will miss out on a substantial amount of pre-season preparation at Murray Park which begins in six days.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Rangers close to five-player swoop; reports


Strong speculation is gathering pace that Rangers are close to completing the signings of Bruno Alves, Carlos Pena, Fabio Cardoso and Louis Moult, on top of the capture of Ryan Jack.

The five signings would be a massive boost for Rangers fans, with serious work finally getting underway to overhaul a dishevelled squad and give the chance for manager Pedro Caixinha to finally imprint his image on the side.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Triple transfer boost for Rangers - fans will be delighted


Rangers fans have been given a triple transfer boost over the past 24 hours with the news of all season ticket monies being reinvested into the squad, while two new players look set to arrive at Ibrox.

Chairman Dave King has confirmed circa 35,000 season tickets have been sold/renewed meaning a minimum of £10-13M is to be invested in the playing staff and Pedro Caixinha’s overhaul of the existing personnel. This could mean as much as £18M outwith King’s and co’s own investment, although whether fans actually believe the above claims by the Ibrox chief is quite another matter.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Rangers' summer window begins - two out two in?


Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha’s summer overhaul at Ibrox is set to get underway in earnest with increasing speculation that his first port of call is defence with veteran stopper Clint Hill and under-fire Rob Kiernan appearing as the first likely casualties of the transfer window turnover.

Hill is out of contract and while keen to sign a new deal, his absence from first team starts over the past two matches plus the delay in any new contract being presented does force the possible conclusion that Caixinha is not interested in him long term.