Showing posts with label Celtic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Celtic. Show all posts

Monday, 21 August 2017

Rangers fans aren't best pleased with Niko Kranjcar

Rangers’ star playmaker Niko Kranjcar may just find himself in a few fans’ bad books after his recent comments about Old Firm matches.

For those of you who do not know, the Croatian attacking midfielder has asserted that it is ok for Rangers to lose all of the clashes with Celtic, as long as they win the title.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Neil Lennon: "Ibrox is a great venue"

In a curious show of honesty and respect, Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has praised Ibrox and warned his players to expect an intimidating atmosphere tomorrow afternoon.

The ex-Celtic manager and player is well known for his incendiary comments and conduct which have frequently riled up Rangers fans over the years, but this will be his first football trip to Ibrox in a non-Celtic capacity and the former Leicester player could not have been more gushing of his old adversaries.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

SPL manager - "We won't sell to rivals, except Celtic"

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has amusingly confirmed he will not sell Kenny McLean to Rangers as he would not want to ‘sell to a rival’, coming just weeks after he sold Jonny Hayes to Celtic.

Rangers have been linked with the Scotland international for some considerable time, and Aberdeen have stood firm with their claim he is not for sale, but following Aberdeen selling to a rival in Celtic with the Irish winger, McInnes has done a ‘Hibs’ and claimed he does not sell to rivals.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Simply the Best (Old Firm wins)

 Article by: Martin Green, for Ibrox Noise
Celtic’s unbeaten run currently stands at 46 league matches and it is difficult to see anybody putting a stop to it any time soon. After becoming Scotland’s first ever Invincibles and completing a domestic treble in 2016/17, Brendan Rodgers’ men will fancy their chances of extending their run well into the future. If anyone is going to stop them, it will probably have to be Rangers, who now have a full season back in the top flight under their belts and will see finishing second as the bare minimum this season. To beat this impressive Celtic side, Rangers will have to recapture the magic that has seen them vanquish their Old Firm rivals several times over the years. In total Rangers have secured 164 wins over Celtic, and here we pick out the very best of them:

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Topping on EBTs: "You can't please everyone..."

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Outgoing SPFL chairman Ralph Topping, whose impartiality, intelligence, and honesty will be sadly missed, has effectively admitted that the review board who will investigate Scottish football’s rules and practises during the so-called ‘EBT Period’ (mostly focusing on the handling Rangers, of course) are unlikely to be as impartial as he.

The SPFL and SFA are to team up and compile an ‘independent’ review relating to the procedures the authorities used way back when, but reading between the lines, Topping has cryptically conceded that the ‘independence’ part of the equation will be hard to secure. He said:

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Should Rangers fans boycott SPL away matches?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Ibrox Noise’s remit has always been to support our club, defend it from our enemies, and hold those in charge at Ibrox to account for their actions. We do these in different ways, sometimes in ways sometimes misunderstood, but never mistake any of our articles, comments, or polls as being for being in the wrong intentions.

Us fans may disagree a lot about the right way forward for our club, or the right manager, or the right this or that, but we are all united by wanting whatever is in Rangers’ best interests. Sometimes that is quite well hidden with petty squabbles between us quite a regular occurrence, and frequent accusations against those who disagree with our views that they are either not a Rangers fan or a plain undercover tim.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Strip the titles? Strip the sanity, more like...

Ibrox Noise has been far from quiet over this ‘title stripping’ nonsense the SPL has been peddling of late. Ever since Rangers lost the appeal over the Big Tax Case, every worm from every rock has crawled and wriggled its way back into the picture, oozing its way onto a soapbox to announce, with no lack of self righteous indignation, just why Big Bad Ranjurs deserve to have the book thrown at them, followed by the library, brick by brick.

Do not mistake us, we do feel Dave King has a few questions to answer akin to what Gordon Smith proposed in his paper column, but we have to applaud the chairman’s statement of recent times which really does nail the whole fallacy of the ‘strip the titles’ campaign.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

"13 of 56" - why Scottish clubs are a disaster in Europe

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

Rangers and St Johnstone both find themselves out of the Europa League in the first week of the competition and the League Cup will come next month for the two clubs. This leaves both Scottish clubs looking for practice matches to play within the next 4 weeks.

They could of course play each other home and away to give the two SPL sides some much needed practice, and earn some much-needed money from the paying customers wanting to see their teams get ready for the start of the new season. The real competition starts on Sunday 6 August against Motherwell at Fir Park at 1.30pm.

Friday, 7 July 2017

"Caixinha Chaos" - a torturous timeline

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

It is depressing being negative about Rangers all the time right now, but what is almost equally depressing is the consensus of agreement with us from fellow fans. We love our club, just like you, and we hate what is currently happening to it right now, but unfortunately we have to be realistic and honest.

And manager Pedro Caixinha has been an unmitigated disaster from before he was even appointed by the powers-that-be at Ibrox. Sure, we have managed to find positives and even praise him for some things – naturally, we need to support as well as criticise as fans, it is what we we do, so we were determined to find things to be optimistic about. We managed to put a positive spin on crazy as, again, like you, we are fans, and being completely cantankerous is not ideal.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Why Rangers will NOT be stripped of any titles...

Article by: Greg, for Ibrox Noise

In what has been a pretty bad week for the club, the Supreme Court released its judgment on the infamous “big tax case”.

Before anyone could have a chance to properly read it, fans of the rest of Scottish football clambered all over their website to get a peek at what it said and they subsequently crashed it.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Rangers sign Celtic player. Yes, really...

It is as rare as they come, but it is understood Rangers are to sign a Celtic player directly from the Parkhead Club for the first time since…ever?

Admittedly it is at the youth ranks, but nevertheless these are transactions rarer than diamonds, and in this instance it sees young goalkeeper Aidan McAdams switch from Parkhead to Ibrox at the U19s level, being 18 himself.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Rangers' league prospects - first, second or third?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Making predictions is a fool’s game. There are so many factors to consider that making a punt on the future is why you will never see a skint bookie. So while this article will shamelessly indulge in it anyway, just remember that forecasts are as reliable as the weather. And weather forecasts.

That all said, there is definitely a shift in the shape of the SPL for next season; so without further ado let us try to sift through it and see where we think Rangers are capable of ending up.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

So...NOW the SFA need Rangers?!

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

Alan McRae, the Scottish Football Association president has urged Rangers to try hard to end Celtic’s dominance next season, for the good of Scottish football.

What the hell did the SFA think was going to happen in 2012 when Rangers were dumped down to the 3rd Division? The SFA and the Scottish government stood back and did nothing to stop it – not a peep from any of them.

Could you imagine the Spanish league or their government allowing Real Madrid or Barcelona being thrown out of the top league for 4 or 5 years? They wouldn’t be so daft. In fact, when Real were in debt to the tune of nine figures, the Spanish government bent over backwards to help them out.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Have Rangers found their 'Dembele'?

Before I continue this piece, I will concede that players can often look much better on paper than they do on the pitch. That a brilliant track record for club A does not prove they will produce similar for club B.

But that said, Rangers really do seem to have struck potential gold with the impressive capture of Colombian U20 international striker Alfredo Morelos. Sure, most of us would not have heard of him before we were linked to him, but equally who knew Daniel Cousin back in the day, or even Michael Mols?

Tactics: how Rangers now shape up

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

When putting a new team together you have to think of everything, for example, which tactical approach does Pedro want to use next season to compete with Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibernian for the title?

Once he has HIS own signed players and the full squad to choose from, I am sure he will sit down with all his management team to find a system that best suits what he has already assembled.

Like all managers, he will want to pick as many of his new signings to start in 90% of all the games. Sometimes tactics dictate who starts and who Pedro will bring on after 65 minutes or so to try and change the match, depending on how the game is panning out.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Is the SPL too physical for its own good?

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

The SPL has long been known for playing fast, erratic football with too many of the players not possessing a good enough first touch. Graeme Souness called them ‘Hammer Throwers’ because most of the players didn’t possess a high enough standard of footballing technique.

It is too frenetic for its own good. Some games are often quite brutal with over the top physical, late challenges happening all over the park and most of the attackers are at it as well.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Rangers, top four, and European football

With European football to play for and the small matter of their Rangers’ careers, Rangers’ players find themselves in a very strange situation. Post-split, the majority know their places are up for grabs, and despite their lengthy contracts, Rangers, if suitable suitors can be sought, would happily rip up the majority of those deals to free the dead wood, especially in light of manager Pedro Caixinha making it clear significant surgery is required this summer.

As such, Rangers have four matches left this season, following April’s traditional split fixtures. They started the worst they ever have post-split, with a record-breaking home gubbing by Celtic crushing morale and creating a really unsettling atmosphere in and around the club. But the worrying possibility is that Rangers might not win another match this season, with a sprightly Thistle awaiting just a few minutes’ drive away from Ibrox in Firhill, before tricky matches with the likes of Hearts and Aberdeen.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

When 'enough' is truly enough

During the Dark Days of 2012-2015, Rangers fans grasped perspective when we found ourselves in a very very grim place. Our Club had been on the brink, so we were simply happy to still have a Club, and that was a relevant reassurance during individually troubling times of this period.

Back then, Rangers fans had light at the end of the tunnel, with the knowledge that surely before long we would be back in the SPL where we belong, so even when things off the pitch were concerning and causing mass fan division and in-fighting, we knew one day soon we would be among the big boys again, challenging for the SPL title.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

A picture says a thousand words

There is simply not a lot we can say today.

The worst Old Firm loss at Ibrox in Rangers’ long and proud history, the biggest loss at Ibrox possibly to anyone in history, and a Rangers side which is not worthy of the name.

Rangers are currently a complete disaster, bumbling from one shambles to another, and teasing us occasionally with an unpredictably good display before crushing us again with another atrocity of humiliation.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Should Rangers take this risk?

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

Last Sunday’s shambolic first half at Hampden Park, where we stood off a fast paced Celtic team and backed off deplorably, to ‘admire’ them play through us was the worst 45 minutes I have ever witnessed in a very one-sided match. Now the attention turns to Saturday’s final instalment of the Old Firm double header.

What is the best Rangers team Pedro Caixinha can select to try and get a result in the league?

Should we play a more defensive line-up at the start of the game? Picking a harder to beat X1?