Showing posts with label Danny Wilson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Danny Wilson. Show all posts

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Why this player just isn't a problem against Celtic

“How many games has Beerman played in the first team? A reality check required.”

This was a comment in response to the site suggesting Lee Wallace has a fight on his hands to regain his place in light of Myles Beerman’s impressive rise from nowhere. The young man has imposed himself effortlessly in matches, looking every inch the assured and seasoned campaigner rather than the rookie he supposedly was.

The dismissal of such promising talent just because of his age and lack of experience, despite three comfortable matches in a row to boast of is pretty prehistoric logic, as if such a young player could not possibly be valid competition to his senior counterpart.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Has this Rangers player earned a start on Sunday?

If Rangers’ defensive crisis has led to one thing, it has been the rise of two brand new starlets into the first team. Myles Beerman we will cover in another entry, but today we focus on 20-year old David Bates who has risen from obscurity to start three matches in succession following the absences of essentially the entire backline bar Danny Wilson.

Bates was already on loan at Ibrox from Raith Rovers before then-manager Mark Warburton decided to make the boy’s time in Govan permanent.

With Philippe Senderos, Clint Hill, Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson in command of the first-team defensive shirts, Bates looked like a mere squad player, a reserve, a utility stopper to come in only when desperately needed. And in truth, that is how it has played out; with three centre-backs unavailable, Bates has been called on to partner the only remaining senior one at manager Pedro Caixinha’s disposal, and the surprising reality is Bates has given a very competent account of himself.

Monday, 10 April 2017

The Warburton 'failure' who turned it around

When 17-year old Danny Wilson made his European debut for Rangers against Unirea Urziceni in late 2009, it was pretty obvious to most keen-eyed observers that the lad was something special. For a defender of such tender years to look quite comfortable in the Uefa Champions League was a rare gem, and as such many fans truly believed they had the future of Rangers before them.

As history tells us, it did not quite work out like that. When EPL giants Liverpool came knocking on the Ibrox door, Wilson was seduced by the move to the English big time. It hurt many Rangers fans and made him, if not an enemy of the club, but a bit unpopular. As we know, that move did not work for Wilson, and it was not until his return to Scotland under Robbie Neilson’s impressive Hearts regime that the stopper regained some of the direction his career had started to lose.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Will these 8 players survive under Pedro Caixinha?

With new manager in waiting Pedro Caixinha 99% confirmed now as in place at Ibrox, attention turns now to the rest of the season and the players who may find themselves on the outside looking in as the new coach stamps his mark on the existing squad.

As Man City’s Joe Hart and Real Madrid legends Raul and Iker Casillas know only too well, often a high-profile casualty or two is a big hint of the changes coming under a new charge, and Ibrox Noise decided to have a look at what players could very well find their days numbered at Ibrox with a new manager in place.

Before we begin, we should emphasise, that like 99% of our readers and the support in general we basically have no idea what style Caixinha actually employs, and it is a learning curve for all of us, but nevertheless here is your guesstimates as to who we feel could well find themselves surplus under the new manager.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The return of Robbie

If there is one thing Rangers fans have been unified in agreement on this season, it has been the disastrous form of Robbie Kiernan. He was never exactly the most highly-rated defender to don the Light Blue, although last season many supporters blamed Danny Wilson far more vigorously than Robbie for the many defensive calamities that beset the side.

It was not until the drop of form post-Old Firm semi of last season, a drop which continued onto this season that fans started to make Kiernan a blatant scapegoat for the travails the side was suffering at the back; in all honesty, these accusations were far from wide of the mark, and the former Wigan defender was frankly playing abominably.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Who starts in Rangers' defence?

Article by Greg Roots
(Later on today Richard Fillingham will look at tactical approaches Warbs could employ on Saturday, but this morning, Greg asks who he will select as the defence.)
With two sleeps to go until the first SPFL Premiership Old-Firm in history, and the first league encounter since we met in the SPL in April 2012, it is beginning to feel a bit like Christmas eve. The excitement builds up to the point where you can’t sleep, and 7am on the Saturday just can’t come quickly enough.

Just like every other talking point that surrounds our club and fan base, our supporters are divided over a number of issues regarding this weekend’s encounter with our fiercest rivals.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Why Rangers fans can't take much more of Kiernan & Wilson

Rangers fans have been debating over the defence for as long as we can remember. Under Ally McCoist post-admin, complaints about Ross Perry, Darren Cole and Emilson Cribari were common-fold, before they became about Lee McCulloch and Bilel Mohsni.

Now those defensive demons are back again with the threadbare selection being currently between Clint Hill, Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan, none of whom have filled the support with much confidence apart from fleeting glimpses now and again.

While Matt Crooks returns from fitness (by all accounts he had a decent night for the unders v St Mirren slotting in at central defence) he remains a non-option, but he could be a possibility a number of weeks down the line as he regains match fitness.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Ragged Rangers back to earth with a bump

Back to the Promised Land, hopes had been so high among Rangers fans that the visit of expected SPL bottom feeders Hamilton Academicals would see a comfortable home win for Rangers’ first match in the Premiership for four years.

Indeed, Rangers, Wilson, Crooks, and Windass aside had a full squad fit and available, while their guests languished with ten first-team absences.

It all had the makings of a pretty smooth return to the top flight and a morale-boosting score.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Rangers missing three defenders for Saturday?

Rangers’ preparations for the season-opening clash with Hamilton at Ibrox have been rocked by the emerging revelation that three defenders could be missing for the visit of Martin Canning’s men.

Danny Wilson, Clint Hill and Matt Crooks will all reportedly be unavailable through suspension, injury and long term injury recovery respectively, limiting manager Mark Warburton’s selection options considerably.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Is there any case for Rangers' defence?

In the (justified) praise of yesterday’s outstanding 0-2 win at Fir Park, many supporters, myself included, certainly conveniently overlooked the glaring failing in Rangers’ display; mentioned many times in the comments to articles today, it is only fair to tackle it head on, pun most certainly intended.

In short terms, Rangers’ current defence, in yesterday’s 90 minutes, featuring the familiar Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson partnership, was a borderline suicide pact.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

David Weir formally clarifies Rangers' defensive scenario

Rangers’ assistant manager David Weir has formally clarified the defensive situation at Ibrox, confirming that the current squad may be considered sufficient for next season if no further deals are finalised.

With American international Oguchi Onyewu trialling with Mark Warburton’s men during their US camp at Charleston Battery, and word going very quiet on the prospects of Jamaican stopper Adrian Mariappa, Weir took the chance to clear up exactly what Rangers are looking for.

He said:

Friday, 3 June 2016

How a new-look SPL Rangers could line up under Mark Warburton

With the transfer window now officially open, despite the signings already made for Mark Warburton’s Rangers Revolution, there is clearly plenty scope for new additions to be made.

Over the past week we have seen Khalis Aucho, Kolo Toure, Fanendo Adi, Niko Kranjcar (appears to have said no) and Sone Aluko (signed yesterday for Birmingham) mentioned, along with the usual Danny Grahams, Grant Hanleys and others.

But of who has signed, what could a new look first XI under Warbs line up as? takes you on a little journey over one potential line up, based on definites, strongly possibles, and wild guesses. Let the games begin!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Rangers' transfer window - what still needs done?

With the signatures of Joey Barton and Jordan Rossiter lighting Ibrox up, plus the preceding deals which saw Accrington Stanley pair Matt Crooks and Josh Windass swap League 2 in England for the Premiership in Scotland, there has already been serious surgery to fill in the squad gaps which were frankly glaringly obvious last season.

All through the season three positions stood out as desperately needing reinforcements; central defence, defensive midfield, and striker.

With those four on board, which positions are now more secure, and which still need work?

Central defence:

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Hibs v Rangers - what Rangers need to fix

 Richard Fillingham

The Hibernian 'fans' Hampden pitch invasion is totally inexcusable in this day and age! This type of behaviour in the year 2016 is simply not acceptable, but I would prefer to concentrate on the football and focus on the Scottish Cup final.

In the first 27 minutes of the game, right up until our equalising goal from an unstoppable Kenny Miller header, I thought that Rangers had performed very averagely. It took a brilliant Tavernier cross right on to Kenny’s head to get us back into a game that looked like heading away from us.

The problem with our all-out attacking system put together from our wonderful manager Mark Warburton, is, that if we give the ball away too cheaply, with a bad pass by any of our midfield players, it puts our defence in immediate trouble and our two centre backs simply are not strong, sharp or good enough to cope with the fast breakaways, and it happens far too often to be a coincidence.

Back to the football - what went wrong for Rangers?

After the chaos of yesterday’s post-match riot, back to the football; but let us get something out of the way first; this entry is going to be a little more emotive than usual, so if emotion is not what you want then read no further.

We shall start with the truth; Hibs were worthy winners yesterday. Just like they were after the Old Firm semi, just like Livi were at Almondvale.

Since Rangers won against Celtic the players have downed tools and been unable or unwilling to pick them up again. Form since that Hampden clash has read three losses and two draws.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Will Rangers lift their 34th Scottish Cup?

 Greg Roots

Mark Warburton will attempt to guide Rangers to a 34th Scottish Cup victory this Saturday with Alan Stubbs’ Hibs the only thing standing in our way of a swift return to European football after our demotion in 2012. The Championship and Petrofac Cup were our bread and butter this season, with most fans expecting us to claim both trophies without too much of a challenge. However, it is a testament to the remarkable job that Warburton has done that we are on the verge of clinching Scotland’s most prestigious cup competition as well as European nights at Ibrox being a realistic thing in the near future.

There is no living Hibs fan that has seen their team win the Scottish Cup, and the green half of Edinburgh are hoping to see the Hibees lift the trophy for the first time since 1903. The reality is, though, that regardless of which Hibs side turn up, Warburton’s men are more than capable of seeing off any Scottish outfit on their day – as proven in the semis when we controlled the game vs Celtic. This means, however, that whichever Rangers team turns up will be key in determining who lifts the cup.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

The defenders who could be the future of Rangers

 Richard Fillingham

When Dave King and the rest of the board, contracted the new management team of the very talented Mark Warburton and David Weir for Rangers on the 15 June 2015, it was an outstanding piece of business. Admittedly, there was an element of gamble involved when Brentford let the two of them go, but Mark and David have proven to be a major success by signing so many young, good, keen players, who play wonderful attacking football.

Their first signing was Danny Wilson, a left-sided centre back, within seven days of taking over. They believed that by securing his services from Hearts on a free transfer, on 22 June 2015, he would become the cornerstone of the Rangers defence for years to come. To sign a possible future captain of Rangers on a free was seen as a major coup, and he was a player with something still to prove, so it seemed to be a no-brainer signing for him and Rangers. Unfortunately, I think it should and could have worked out a bit better than it has. Is it as big a success as nearly every Bluenose hoped for?

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Analysis: where Rangers need strengthened

Warburton has some thinking to do.

Scottish Cup Final result notwithstanding, Rangers desperately need new blood in the team.

This season’s squad has arguably achieved beyond its weight and clearly exceeded expectations, as admitted by manager Mark Warburton; but to ensure we keep progression at a steady rate, improvements in some key areas remain absolutely vital in order to launch a credible assault on the Premiership next season.

Let us take a look at the areas which simply ache for supplements:

Monday, 11 April 2016

Warburton & Weir's radical approach to youth

By Richard Fillingham
When Mark Warburton & David Weir signed for Rangers on 15 June 2015, it was the start of the duo changing the way the club was run. They decided that there was no big budget to buy players that were too expensive and to pay the big wages that went along with that signing policy; by taking an entirely different approach to buying new, young and hungry players, who had been at several clubs on loan who were all calculated risks, because they could all play, they just needed regular first team games to get themselves fully match fit, before they could show us what they could do once they got their confidence back:

Friday, 8 April 2016

Rangers next season - who stays, and who goes?

By Richard Fillingham

I think that every Rangers fan would have been extremely happy with 90% of the attacking football that was served up throughout the season. There were a few disappointing results and full credit to some of our opposition for scoring a few fantastic strikes against us that even Wes couldn’t stop.

But let’s take a look forward and here’s my possible team/squad for next season (without knowing the budget of course):

Wes Foderingham would deserve to start the season, unless we can sign a goalie taller & better, to dominate the cross balls, especially at free kicks & corners against us.

James Tavernier, our wonderful attacking English right back, really packs a great shot with an eye for goals. He is not a fabulous defender on occasion, but at 24 he still has a lot to learn to get even better.

Rob Kiernan
has got better as the season has progressed and is another Englishman holding down a regular starting place. A centre half who at only 25 has the best years of his career still ahead of him.