Showing posts with label Declan John. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Declan John. Show all posts

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.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Has summer signing's performances created a problem for Pedro?

A great number of Rangers players have earned our respect – it is not something you simply get by putting on the shirt; any Tom, Dick or Harry can do that. Instead, you need to show commitment on the field, dignity and class off it, and be able to play a bit too.

Lee Wallace falls into all of the above, and gets an extra touch of credibility such was his dedication to Rangers in 2012 when, let us face it, he sacrificed his career to play in the lower bowels of Scottish football.

Friday, 29 September 2017

"Sign him now" - Rangers fans voice approval

Rangers fans certainly have not had their problems of late, but in some badly-needed respite, a new star may have emerged tonight following a superb first half display.

On-loan Cardiff left back Declan John has scored twice and been rampant down the left, and Rangers fans have been far from shy in voicing their admiration.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Rangers star denies rift claims

Rangers’ on-loan left back Declan John has denied reports of a ‘dressing room rift’ or ‘clear the air meeting’ following claims of disharmony during and after the Old Firm clash.

Certain media outlets have reported that manager Pedro Caixinha laid into his ‘homegrown’ players following what the Portuguese perceived as a lack of unity and support when Celtic captain Scott Brown and Rangers’ striker Alfredo Morelos had an altercation, but the full back says he knows nothing of this and all is as normal.

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.

Why Rangers should move for free agent ex-team mate of summer signing

With Rangers’ well-documented problems at full back starting to be a bit of an issue, with untimely injuries and insufficient resources presenting the position as something of an obstacle, a low-risk signature to bolster the squad in that area may be of use.

Currently Rangers have admittedly modest depth at right back in the form of James Tavernier and Lee Hodson, but on the left flank injury problems have created a bit of a mess.

Captain Lee Wallace is definitely a miss, Myles Beerman has faded from the first team entirely this season, pre-season hope Jordan Thompson has been ditched from left back too, leaving just on-loan Cardiff man Declan John as Rangers’ only viable left back option outwith Lee Hodson.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Confirmed: Pedro announces key starting XI selections for Thistle

Pedro Caixinha has confirmed at least three definite squad selections for tomorrow night’s XI to face Partick Thistle again at Firhill in the League Cup.

With captain Lee Wallace out for both it and the Old Firm clash, Declan John has been passed fit and will start at left back, with Caixinha citing that he is ‘one player that we trust totally’.

Major injury doubt passed fit for Old Firm

Declan John has been passed fit to face Partick Thistle tomorrow and could well face Celtic on Saturday, following the confirmation club captain Lee Wallace will miss both fixtures.

There had been doubt following a small injury post-Firhill on Tuesday, but the Welsh international has resumed training and should be fine for the second part of the Thistle double header tomorrow.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Rangers signing announces where he expects to play

Rangers’ loan signing Declan John has confirmed today that while his primary position is left back, he does not truly expect to displace Lee Wallace and anticipates instead being deployed on the left wing.

The 22-year old flanker is a versatile addition to Rangers’ ranks, and gives Pedro Caixinha a bit of a selection headache down the left hand side, but admits he has not come here to make up the numbers and expects to be used.