Showing posts with label Darren McGregor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Darren McGregor. Show all posts

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

When Darren McGregor bit the Rangers hand that fed him

It is often the case when Rangers players leave Ibrox, they either speak fondly of their old stomping ground in Govan or simply show respect to Scotland’s biggest club and appreciate their once being employed there.

The recent likes of Vladimir Weiss, Andy Little, and even Carlos Bocanegra & Steven Davis have either been huge fans of the Club since they left or shown respect to it and our fans, despite the manner, in certain cases, of their exits.

However, in recent days another ex-player has made headlines for his comments post-departure of Govan, but instead of showing an iota of courtesy, class or respect for the Club, has gone the other way and endeavoured to (intentionally or unintentionally) denigrate it and its value.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Where do Rangers need to strengthen?

With 11 wins out of 12, a 100% record in the league and a return to form following a micro-lull, football supporters ouwith those of a Rangers persuasion (and outwith Scotland, of course) might be forgiven for thinking the Ibrox side were pretty content with both the squad and the results – but as manager Mark Warburton keeps preaching, Rangers constantly need to improve and develop.

To that end, what are the areas which require strengthening come January?

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Is this position a priority at Ibrox or not?

All summer long Rangers were linked with a move for (ex) Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May. Indeed, at one point there was heavy speculation a £1M bid had been placed for him by Rangers’ board, apparently determined to nab themselves a reliable 20+ goal a season man. May seemed a significant candidate to fill that void, and when asked about him Warburton avoided the question entirely, suggesting he was indeed interested. However, as we now know May ended up at Preston and Rangers failed to secure an established goal-getter.

Indeed, Warburton only managed to sign the one striker – Wigan’s Martyn Waghorn, and great though the former £3M Leicester man has been for Rangers, particularly from the spot (he has five penalty goals so far), he clearly lacks polish with the final shot and has failed to even score a goal from open play in the league.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

McGregor to Hibs - hypocrisy again from Easter Road

          "In the face of continued media interest, Hibernian Football Club can confirm that Scott Allan has today handed in a written transfer request.

This comes on the back of two unwelcome and uninvited approaches from Rangers FC regarding Scott, the first for £175,000 and the second for £225,000.

Hibernian FC has refused both bids because the Club has no wish to transfer a valuable player to strengthen a major rival in the battle to win the Championship and gain promotion to the Premiership.

Hibernian’s position has not changed. The player will not be sold to Rangers."

-Hibernian statement, 28th July 2015.

          “We’re delighted to be able to welcome Darren into the group – his arrival provides real competition for places.

He has always played well against us and he is strong, experienced player and a good professional.

We're always looking to strengthen the squad and the arrival of Darren will do exactly that."

-Hibernian statement, 25th August 2015

Rangers' departures: the players for the chop

With manager Mark Warburton confirming the high probability (nay certainty) that there will be further departures from Ibrox before the end of the transfer window, it is worth examining the likely identities of those vulnerable for the chop.

Warburton has started to exert a real stamp on the team, with a tangible system and structure, and over the first six competitive matches of the season there has emerged a glut of players who seem to be on the fringes of the first team.

As brought you earlier in the window, Warburton confirmed Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan as his first-choice central defence, and while many questioned this intensely and raised the issue of ‘Player of the Year Darren McGregor’ time and time again, the manager had clearly spoken and the former St Mirren stopper’s days were completely numbered.

Step-by-step here are all the other players who appear more exposed to the axe than the rest:

Monday, 24 August 2015

Warburton: "More players to leave"

Rangers’ manager Mark Warburton has today confirmed Darren McGregor might not be the last departure to exit Rangers this window.

With 13 players now either released or sold since the window opened, and Warburton’s well-publicised preference for lean squads, the Rangers boss admits the-now ex-Ibrox defender could well not be the final player to move out of Govan before the end of the month.

He said:

Darren McGregor leaves Rangers by mutual consent

Rangers have confirmed today that out-of-favour defender Darren McGregor has departed Ibrox by mutual consent.

The former St Mirren and Cowdenbeath stopper was not in Mark Warburton’s plans and the new manager had confirmed pre-season that Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan would be his first choice central defence pairing.

In a statement the Club said:

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Does Darren McGregor have a future at Ibrox?

He was voted Rangers’ Player of the Year but as soon as new manager Mark Warburton strongly hinted at Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan for the central partnership as far back as July 9th, it became apparent Darren McGregor’s Ibrox career would struggle to flourish.

The former St Mirren and Cowdenbeath stopper has been linked with possible moves away, with one tenuous connection being made with St Johnstone, but one thing is clear; he is not in favour at Ibrox any longer, and Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan are Warburton’s preference at the back.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Kilmarnock target Rangers' Marius Zaliukas

With a glut of new defensive players at Ibrox, Kilmarnock have reportedly targeted Lithuanian stopper Marius Zaliukas to join their growing band of the “Released Eleven” at Rugby Park.

The international defender and former Hearts captain has never truly been in favour at any time of his stay in Govan, and while rarely being awful, has likewise seldom been subject to much praise either.

Zaliukas is out of contract next summer, but is likely to be out of favour under new manager Mark Warburton, who himself already implied both Zaliukas and Darren McGregor were now more squad depth than first-team starters.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Warburton drops major hint about defence

Mark Warburton has dropped his strongest hint yet that he does not view last season’s Player of the Year Darren McGregor as a first pick defender within his new-look Rangers side.

The new Rangers manager has already secured former Rangers, Liverpool and Hearts defender Danny Wilson, and an experienced English Championship centre back he knows well from his Watford days in Rob Kiernan, and today Warburton let slip that his new recruits are his first-choice central defensive partnership.

The boss said:

Rangers linked to a second right back

Mark Warburton is today reportedly negotiating to bringing Tottenham Hotspur’s promising young right-back Ryan Fredericks on loan to Ibrox along with the White Hart Lane club’s fellow youth product Harry Winks.

Fredericks, 22, also experienced a loan deal at Warburton’s previous club Brentford, and the moves to bring him north do cast doubt on the success of trialist Reece Wabara’s spell at Murray Park.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The "new-look" Rangers

With three signings confirmed, and another four currently on trial, there are tentative feelings that, should the trialists all win deals (far from guaranteed), it will be the first time ‘new-look’ Rangers can truly be applied.

Currently the only borderline certain two starters from the fledgling Warburton regime signing ‘spree’ are Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson, both defenders. And even they are not absolute stick-ons given it is uncertain just how big a role Darren McGregor, last season’s Player of the Year, will have.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

The future of Darren McGregor

If anything was likely to send alarm bells ringing in the mind of Darren McGregor, it was that new manager Mark Warburton’s first two signings were centre-backs. Not one quality defender, but two, and one cost a fee.

Last season’s Player of the Year was widely lauded from most quarters for his robust, solid, and reliable displays at the back, performances which surpassed what many fans expected from him given his previous injury problems.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Rangers' fans' poll; the players you value the most are...

The results are in.

Yesterday, ran a poll to find out which players Rangers fans wish to keep at Ibrox, the players they deem good enough for a future at the Club in next season’s Championship fight for promotion.

The players included in the options were those who are not out of contract, and guaranteed to remain at the Club unless their contracts are paid off or alternative clubs bid hard cash for them.

With so few assets at Rangers’ disposal, it is unlikely a great deal of players will attract interest from other clubs, but it promises to be a curious summer on the transfer front nevertheless.

But without further ado, here are your results, the players you want to keep in Govan:

Saturday, 30 May 2015

How Rangers CAN get promoted

It was all doom & gloom at full time on Thursday. Rangers, humbled humiliatingly by the visiting Motherwell, saw their chances of promotion hanging by a thread, and that thread in itself was only there thanks to Darren McGregor’s late goal.

However, if there is one solitary positive to take from the result, McGregor’s goal aside, it is the fact that Rangers’ best results under McCall have been when the Ibrox men needed to win in the big, big matches.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Why Rangers won't miss McGregor on Sunday

He has been voted, rightly, Rangers’ player of the year. The fact that this rather sums up how the Club’s standards have plummeted is neither here nor there, but Darren McGregor has definitely been the most consistent overall performer for Rangers this season, particularly against the bread and butter of the Championship.

Will any of these players still be at Ibrox after Sunday?

“Rangers’ Class” seems to be a completely forgotten phrase. Nowadays, with the level of the team at something approaching negative values never mind the bottom, Rangers supporters find themselves in endless debates with each other about which players of this current squad would be good enough for an SPL Rangers.

Many suggest Bell, Wallace, McGregor, Vuckic, and even Law; these sorts of players get repeatedly peddled as good enough to play for Rangers in Scotland’s top tier, which only goes to show just how standards have absolutely plummeted among Rangers supporters.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Why dogged determination isn't enough for Rangers

Last night two SPL-quality moments defined the result. Nicky Clark’s sumptuous backheel to make it one, then Kenny Miller’s audacious second, with the outside of his left boot on the outside of his body.

These were excellent goals, but they punctuated the severe work needed to be done with Rangers this summer if the dream of promotion to the Premiership is realised.

And even if it is not.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The five stars Rangers may lose this summer

With promotion hanging on a knife’s edge, and uncertainty in the boardroom regarding so many issues of the Club’s future, it is safe to say Rangers are in a serious state of flux right now.

As we know, a dozen plus players are out of contract this summer, which only adds to the instability, but there are also another nearly half-dozen players the Govan side risks losing particularly if promotion is not achieved.

Here we take a look at each of them, and their likelihood of departing for pastures new.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Lee McCulloch & Livingston

With the much-changed back four enjoying a very solid outing against Raith Rovers, it was a genuine pleasure to see the central partnership many have longed for, Darren McGregor and Marius Zaliukas, finally given a sincere outing.

McGregor has been deployed at RB the majority of his Rangers career thanks to the “McCulloch Clause”, the existence of which has divided Rangers fans right down the middle.