Showing posts with label Hearts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hearts. Show all posts

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

January double deal - Rangers linked with clinching SPL duo


With the embers of the Jamie Walker saga still very much remaining alight, speculation has grown in the media amidst reports that on top of clinching the Hearts’ winger’s signature in January on a pre-contract, Rangers intend to secure Motherwell’s Louis Moult too.

The Steelmen’s star striker rejected a contract extension just like his potential future team mate did, and like Walker Rangers have been long-linked with his services, with a number of national publications recently claiming Steve Robinson’s marquee player will be similarly signing a pre-contract deal this coming winter for the switch to Ibrox next summer.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Did Rangers drop the ball with Jamie Walker?


So now that the dust is settling on Deadline Day, the failure to secure Jamie Walker is certainly a significant topic on fans’ lips.

Whether you rated him or not, Rangers clearly wanted the player and the player clearly wanted the Rangers, so it has to go down as a disappointing conclusion to a stupidly long-running saga.

Rangers did not get their man – there is no real quality or reliable holder of the left wing slot, and while Mark Allen secured Aaron Nemane, he is a completely unknown quantity. He could be another Candeias (not that that is illustrious praise but he has been not bad), but equally he could be a Dalcio. Meanwhile Josh Windass and Niko Kranjcar are, in neither case, proper wingers, and both suffer fitness and consistency problems.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Why THIS must never die at Ibrox

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

If Rangers fans are not a stranger to something, it is hard times. Quite frankly, the hell of 2012 lingers to this day, with a weak and dishevelled regime at every level of the Club now.

The deeply worrying concession of where Rangers are seems to have permeated throughout the fanbase, with frustration and helplessness when it comes to offering a solution.

Because, the truth is, we all have our hands tied behind our back and unlike the EGM of 2015, this time the fanbase is powerless to effect change.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Rangers linked to Senegalese forward


Doubts about Rangers’ interest in Jamie Walker have been cast following recent reports that manager Pedro Caixinha may have dropped his interest in the Hearts winger to focus on Leeds’ out of favour forward Souleymane Doukara.

The Senegalese versatile forward is said to be close to a departure from Elland Road and with Rangers’ much-publicised pursuit of Walker continuing to go nowhere, it could be that Rangers’ boss has lost patience with Hearts and opted instead for the 25-year old English Championship forward.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

4 points of a possible 9 - what now?


Ibrox Noise recently described Rangers’ start to the season as ‘patchy’. With mixed but increasingly impressive results in friendlies, we started to buy into Pedro Caixinha after the huge doubts we had previously had. But those were only friendlies – and competitive action for season 2017/2018 now sees six fixtures, three wins.

We do not want to be too critical or castigating of Caixinha, because while we were strongly against his appointment and had huge worries following last season and early pre-season, at the end of the day he is the Rangers manager and he is unlikely to go anywhere any time soon.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Rangers v Hearts - the most important match of the season?


Many Bears reading the headline might be thinking ‘lunacy’ (this site has a reputation for madness) and that it is both too early to make such comments and not a fixture that qualifies for such importance.

I believe it is.

Rangers have had a stuttering start to the Premiership this season. An unconvincing win at Fir Park was compounded by a disappointing defeat at Ibrox to Hibs, leading many to question the team’s quality and the manager’s ability, not to mention a few refereeing decisions.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Ex-Rangers star to return to Ibrox


This weekend sees more than a few subplots at Ibrox; Jamie Walker set to start against the side he wishes to join, manager-less Hearts trying to kick-start their season; but the one we will focus on today is the return home of one of Govan’s most controversial sons: Kyle Lafferty.

The guy sure gets Bears talking – a clear Bear himself, he had a reasonable time of it down south, following odd spells in both Switzerland with Sion and Italy’s Serie B with Palermo, which led to a prolonged period at Norwich.

Jamie Walker latest


Bears of many vintages know only too well what summer transfer sagas are like. Only this summer we already experienced the Graham Dorrans epic which thankfully got resolved before it turned into a circus. And summer 2015 saw the Scott Allan soap opera run forever without a happy ending.

Even further back some fans will remember the Derek Riorden tale, which saw derisory bids rejected by Hibs (aye, them again) before he eventually ended up a Celtic player (recurring theme, that). And of course another Old Firm tug-of-war ended up with Nacho Novo saying no to the … them before finally joining Rangers all those years ago.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

You were right Kris, you were right...

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Scottish football fell all over itself to smear Kris Boyd when he prophetically told of Ian Cathro’s inappropriateness to manage.

Not just manage Hearts, but manage. “It is not FM on a laptop”, Boyd stated, and everyone around him, including many Rangers fans decided the guy was an idiot and did not have a clue.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Latest transfer news; two in, one out at Ibrox?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

As regulars to Ibrox Noise will know, we have covered the Jamie Walker saga with a keen eye – with Hearts in disarray, Ian Cathro close to being fired and the Gorgie side out of the League Cup before August even starts, the 24-year old winger will not be held back from a move out now, if all is pure and holy.

Indeed, speculation is growing that Hearts have principally accepted a bid of around £700k plus addons, growing to over £1M based on the usual provisos, so it does seem just a matter of time before the flanker is a Ranger.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Key Rangers target dropped

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Reports have emerged this evening that Ian Cathro has dropped Rangers target Jamie Walker from tomorrow’s squad to face Dumfermline for alleged ‘football reasons’, fuelling further speculation he is heading to Rangers sooner rather than later.

It had been previously believed that Hearts might play hardball with the winger and Rangers and keep him in the squad, cup-tying him for a move to Ibrox, but with tonight’s emerging claims that the 24-year old attacker has been ditched for the League Cup clash with the Pars, it further adds fuel to the transfer saga fire.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

How Rangers can shape up with new SPL duo

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

Having watched how quickly Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans have fitted into the Rangers team so effortlessly, it seems to have given Pedro the added attraction of signing another two home-grown players into the Ibrox squad.

Caixinha craves for a team full of winners and obviously feels that Hearts winger Jamie Walker and Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean are two players who have all the right credentials to become successful Rangers players for many seasons to come.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Late August signature for Rangers target?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Speculation is rising that Rangers have principally secured Jamie Walker, but with the caveat that the deal is reportedly not set to be completed until near the end of the transfer window.

The fee as yet is unknown and the deal itself not even confirmed but that has not stopped reports that the 24-year old winger will join Rangers in late August, ending a long-running saga and securing his services for the bulk of the new season.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Interest ramps up: Rangers to up offer for long-term target

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

With reports breaking today that Pedro Caixinha scouted long-term target Jamie Walker last night during Hearts’ friendly with Newcastle, it is evident the Portuguese has not given up on the winger.

Reports are suggesting Rangers will return soon with a much-improved offer for the 24-year old attacker, with strong hints it may come close to matching what Hearts are asking for his signature.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Trail goes cold on Rangers target while League 1 interest gets set to leave

Article by: Ibrox Noise

It has emerged in the past 24 hours that while Northampton Town’s bid for midfielder Matt Crooks has been reportedly accepted, any lingering hopes of securing Hearts wingers Jamie Walker have been reduced to nearly nil.

The midfield enforcer signed from Accrington along with fellow Warburton recruit Josh Windass simply never got anything like a chance at Ibrox, for whatever reason, and was farmed out on loan to Scunthorpe as soon as possible.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Rangers' move for winger closer after squad omission

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Jamie Walker’s switch from Hearts to Ibrox appeared closer today when the winger was conspicuously absent from Hearts’ friendly win over Livingston.

Reportedly picking up ‘a slight knock’, the Gorgie attacker has made no secret of his desire to join Rangers, but Hearts have played hardball over the transfer fee, apparently seeking a seven-figure fee for his services.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

3 Scots, 3 bids, 3 signings?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

This transfer window has been home of a very strange dichotomy as far as Rangers are concerned. On the one hand, we have seen eight players sweep through the front door with near clinical efficiency and with only 24 days on the transfer clock. On the other, there have been two increasingly long-running sagas while another one appears to have joined them in the past 24 hours.

As all fans will know, Rangers are involved in arduous negotiations over Norwich City’s Graham Dorrans. The bid made by the Ibrox men has been regarded as insufficient for the Canaries to accept, with reports Rangers’ submitted fee has topped out at £1.2M while the Championship side want well over two times that.

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

Is it time for change at Murray Park?


When you see all the players that Ally McCoist, Mark Warburton and now Pedro Caixinha is signing, it is easy to see why the club have not been too clever at bringing their young players through from the Rangers youth system.

Let’s all hope that Pedro is a huge success with all his Portuguese and Mexican signings, however Rangers have to address their scouting system urgently for the long-term future of the club.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Future expectations



As alluded to in a recent entry about Martyn Waghorn and James Tavernier, the victory over Hearts was one of the most enlightening performances of last season in terms of truly teaching us fans and the manager more than most matches have.

Truthfully, the dreadful win over Partick Thistle taught us nothing – we already knew this squad was awful, and nothing in that display suggested anything different. We had already suffered the humiliation at the hands of Celtic on two successive occasions, so if nothing else had conveyed the poverty of this current Rangers squad, that certainly did – we did not need a shocking display at Firhill to affirm it.