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

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.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Should Rangers make a move for this Slovenian international free agent?

Article by: Richard Fillingham

Andra┼ż Struna the 28-year-old 6’ 1” Slovenian international right back, left back or defender, has left Heart of Midlothian as a free agent. He was offered a deal by Craig Levein and Ian Cathro to stay and play his football in Edinburgh, but he declined their final offer.

Struna has the confidence to be offered a much better deal from one of the better teams in Britain. He knows his own worth and feels that he has so much more to offer a top class side over the next few seasons.

He said:

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Rangers-linked SPL midfielder confirms desire to leave present club

On top of the glut of transfer activity coming out of Ibrox right now is the news that Hearts’ 23-year old forward Jamie Walker has confirmed with Ian Cathro his desire to leave Tynecastle.

Walker has been linked with Rangers of late, and it appears the boyhood Bluenose may be set to get his wish as Hearts boss Craig Levein has corroborated the lad wishes to move on.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Aberdeen, Rangers, and the slaughtering of Ryan Jack

One of the worst-kept secrets in Scottish football is Aberdeen’s former captain Ryan Jack making a summer switch to Ibrox. I say former because the press has made quite a big deal of the fact the Pittodrie outfit relieved him of the armband and furnished Graeme Shinnie with it instead.

Indeed, the press and Scottish football in general have made a real stink about the fact Jack is swapping Pittodrie for Ibrox, as if such behaviour is abhorrent.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Rangers to make a move for second ex-Hearts captain?

After summer 2015’s securing of ex-Hearts captain Danny Wilson, Rangers have been persistently linked with another.

Christophe Berra was recently released by Ipswich and it has been confirmed by his soon to be ex-manager Mick McCarthy that the ex-Wolves stopper wants to return to Scotland to be closer to his family:

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Goodbye, Mark Warburton...

Article by: Greg Roots

I haven’t written on this site for a while, and I hope that doesn’t make my opinion less relevant than that of our regular contributors to this site, however I feel that after last night I had to air my views.

The general consensus from this site for the last 6 months has been that Mark Warburton just does not have what it takes to be a successful Rangers manager. Rangers are about winning at all costs. Mark Warburton is about delivering a performance and learning. Rangers are about fighting until the end and battling for our lives. Mark Warburton is about subbing off a loan player (best on the park at the time) because he sees us as a 'development club' and wants to respect Hyndman’s parent club.

How Warburton's post-match interviews betrayed the truth

Trying to sift through the wreckage of last night’s abomination on the pitch of Tynecastle is a borderline impossible task, so IbroxNoise decided to take a different angle and expose our ‘manager’s’ post-match interviews for the equally dismal performances they were.

When Warburton was appointed back in 2015, he was initially lauded widely for his press conferences and interviews – he spoke intelligently, progressively, and with the kind of forward-thinking fans believed we needed at the time. After four or five conferences, however, yours truly noticed the same rhetoric, phrases, and general angles being used a few times, and while it was not a big issue back then, I suspected strongly that when results started to struggle under this man, his media displays would be one of the first things attacked by the larger support.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Post-Hearts venting board

After tonight’s colossal atrocity at Tynecastle, IbroxNoise would like to offer our readers a sounding off board to vent. Consider it cathartic, allow the spleen to be fully expressed in a thorough venting. User ID will be off for this article to allow every Bear to comment although moderation remains on.

Consider this a trial run at a forum, in light of how we are all feeling following one of the worst nights I can remember as a Rangers fan. I have no words for it, and I suspect few of you do too, but let it all out friends because that is why we have our site – our opinions as well as those of our readers.

Rangers fans' poll; January's transfers: are you happy with the deals?

Well January’s window is all complete. Much hype was made about the potential departures of Matt Gilks, Matt Crooks, Barrie McKay and Michael O’Halloran but O’Halloran’s switch to a rival club never materialised and in the end Rangers’ winter departures were the former two plus a glut of youngsters deemed inadequate for the journey ahead.

Mark Warburton managed to hold onto his prize asset in McKay, plus the undeniably useful O’Halloran, while clinching four incoming deals. Entering the Marble Staircase on a temporary basis with loans from Bournemouth and Arsenal respectively were Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral, while already on-loan youngster David Bates made his stay at Ibrox permanent with an undisclosed fee parting him from Raith Rovers.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

So, Boyd was right then?

Ian Cathro’s appointment at Tynecastle set the cat among the pigeons in the anals of the SPFL. Opinion was divided over it, ranging from ‘too young’ to ‘progressive signing’ to ‘out of his depth’.

The latter can be mostly attributed to Kris Boyd, whose controversial ‘newspaper’ column gave Hearts’ new manager some of the most merciless criticism one is likely to witness in a national publication, and even yours truly distanced himself from that scathing attack, affording Cathro more respect than the ex-Rangers striker was willing to.

Going by today’s display and result, Boyd was not only bang on, but a lot of people in Scottish football and beyond owe him a genuine apology for the insults they threw at him as a result of his piece.

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?

Friday, 1 April 2016

Scottish football fears Rangers' return to the top

By Greg Roots

Even the most pessimistic Rangers fans cannot deny that our return to the top table of Scottish football is imminent. We will be crowned champions this season and we will playing in the SPFL Premiership in the 16/17 season.

The impact of this, however, has not quite sunk in yet. Five years ago, the prospect of sealing promotion back to the top division would seem preposterous. Roll the clock forward though, and the same event signifies the eventual end of what has been, for the majority, a dreadful spell in the bowels of Scottish football. Of course the new board and Mark Warburton have resorted prosperity to our great club, but nothing will ever rid my mind of the long-ball memories that McCoist provided us with.