Showing posts with label Hibernian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hibernian. Show all posts

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, 6 June 2017

Is the SPL too physical for its own good?

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

The SPL has long been known for playing fast, erratic football with too many of the players not possessing a good enough first touch. Graeme Souness called them ‘Hammer Throwers’ because most of the players didn’t possess a high enough standard of footballing technique.

It is too frenetic for its own good. Some games are often quite brutal with over the top physical, late challenges happening all over the park and most of the attackers are at it as well.

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.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Hibs' pitch invasion - 'no action merited'

Finally the SFA-commissioned  ‘independent report’ has been published today, and predictably, it is filled with near-admonishment of Hibs supporters and mild condemnation of Rangers fans for being ‘taunted’.

In summary, we all saw the events unfold live – either we were at the match itself watching the chaos unfurl around us, or we saw it from a birds-eye view on Sky Sports, the horror of seeing Rangers players assaulted by Hibs fans, of hundreds nay thousands of Edinburgh’s finest roam the pitch looking for someone to hurt.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Rangers' fan poll: to boycott away matches next season or not?

 Richard Fillingham

I try to make my articles both interesting and informative, however this next topic really does split opinion in our loyal support. So much so that a poll to find out the true percentage of the fans feelings would probably help everybody to decide the way forward - and what is best in the long term for our beloved club. I would like to address the outstanding question for a lot of the Rangers supporters for the forthcoming season.

Should Rangers fans boycott away grounds? At the end of the day, we are all individuals and we support our team in so many different ways.

Monday, 23 May 2016

A cover up at Hampden Park

Even now as I look at that title, I think to myself that this resembles a spy flick more than reality. That it represents the staple behaviour of a communist regime rather than the democracy Scotland is supposed to be.

But the reality is that while some journalists and authorities have conceded (to some extent anyway) the sickening events of Saturday evening at Hampden, the majority have outright denied it, or, even worse in the embarrassing case of Rod Petrie, refused to condemn it.

Rangers issued the finest statement they have for many a year when they held Scottish football and society to account for its role in the fiasco – there is no one who would deny Rangers fans were also involved in the fracas – there are plenty of videos showing the extent.

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.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The final countdown

With just three hours to go till Rangers face off v Hibs in a Scottish Cup Final grudge match of epic proportions, a sense of anticipation is clearly building in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Hibs’ epic collapse in failure to achieve promotion after claiming they would win the league outright has been stuff of mockery and legend, while Rangers really strolled the division and never gave up top spot once they got it.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Hibs v Rangers

It is almost upon us; a chance for Rangers to truly stick a rugged middle finger up at Scottish football by clinching the game’s showpiece trophy at the national stadium.

The journey to this point has been a long and arduous one; four years of effective hell until we reached a pivotal time where we started to attract Joey Barton rather than Ian Black.

Spare a (reluctant) thought for Hibs mind you; they have had to wait since 1902 to lift the Scottish Cup, and if Warbs’ men show up as they should, Stubbs’ side will be waiting even longer.

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.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Rangers' fan poll: Martyn Waghorn and the Scottish Cup Final

Richard Fillingham

On Saturday 21st of May at Hampden Park we have the chance to win a glorious treble for the first time in years. Obviously it is a different treble than the one we got used to in the golden years of Rangers’ continued successes.

The new treble is the Championship League, the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) Challenge Cup or “Petrofac Cup”, which we have already won of course and, now, it is hopefully our time to win the Scottish Cup again against Hibernian. Even if we win the forthcoming Hampden final, it is a treble we will NEVER want to ever win again.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

How Scottish football crumbled in 2012

 By Richard Fillingham

On 11 August 2012, Rangers played Peterhead away and could only muster a draw on their opening game of the season. It took a last minute equaliser by Andy Little to gain a 2-2 result. It was certainly not the result the 4,500-strong capacity crowd were expecting as title favourites Rangers were given a rude awakening in the Scottish Football League's lowest division.

It was a sad day for Rangers, but not everybody realised that it would turn out to be a disaster for most other teams in the Scottish Premier League, because of the disastrous lower gates for the next few years, due to thousands of missing Rangers supporters at every game. The Scottish Premier League’s loss was the SPFL’s gain. Our support filled nearly every ground in the third division and the away teams and their fans treated us as very welcome guests and our board members were welcomed with open arms. Changed days for Rangers to be treated well by other teams.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Would victory tomorrow clinch the title for Rangers?

On the face of it, few expected a trip to Falkirk in mid-March to yield much more than three points. When Alan Stubbs’ Hibs clawed back a significant gap earlier this season, it did seem that the title would be a close-run thing with the Easter Road outfit pushing Rangers all the way to mid-May. The Hibees seemed to be on a bit of an ascendancy while Rangers, if not utterly toiling, were not producing the same refreshing football and impressive results as before.

That all changed when Hibs proceeded to completely implode just under a month ago starting with an inexplicable loss at home to Morton, while Rangers continued to fight out win after win with improving performances.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Rangers rejected by Scotland again - but Hibs are in...

Another Scotland squad, another alienation of Rangers players by national manager Gordon Strachan.

This site has historically always been critical of this policy, but was willing to concede that as long as Rangers players were plying their trades in the murky depths of the lower league game north of the border, it was understandable.

Unfortunately this theory has been blown away with the frankly farcical selection of Hibs’ attacking midfielder, John McGinn, over that of the colossal Jason Holt.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Rangers, Celtic, Scott Allan & Karma

It was with a great deal amusement that news broke recently regarding former Rangers fan and club target Scott Allan’s link with a move out of Parkhead. Information received over a month ago by this site (but which elected to remain unpublished due to relative unimportance) was that he had expressed his desire to leave Celtic due to lack of playing time.

With Derby, Nottingham Forest & Bolton all reportedly interested in the playmaker, it highlights just how bad a decision he made to leave Hibs for Celtic rather than just waiting a few months to sign a pre-contract with Rangers, his supposed ‘boyhood club’.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Hibs' bottle crashes again as Rangers go 11 clear

Only a few days ago this site published this piece discussing how Hibs’ failure at home to Morton had given Rangers all the incentive in the world to rule the Championship with an iron fist, losing as they did by 3-0 at Easter Road.

Well, today they have gone one step better – not only crumbling for the second loss in a row, but quite simply handing Rangers the title after Mark Warburton’s men secured all three points against St Mirren.

Rangers now lead Alan Stubbs’ side by a colossal 11 points, and that means the Ibrox men have three losses and a draw in their locker as insurance even if Hibs now win every single match between now and the end of the season.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Can Rangers beat Celtic?

Ever since the abysmal display at Hampden a year ago against Ronny Deila’s Celtic by then-Rangers manager Kenny McDowall’s Ibrox outfit, the pressure regarding the Old Firm match has been doused a tad.

The fact one had not been played since April 2012 increased the intensity, but February’s tame encounter in Mount Florida which saw Rangers easily beaten went some way to easing the mounting pressure over the fact the fixture had not been played for years.

Rangers and Celtic are both in today’s draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, and while chances are slim that they could meet, given there are 16 teams left, nevertheless there is always a chance.

And the apposite question is do Rangers stand a realistic chance?

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

How Rangers proved their critics wrong

The old cliché really sticks in football:

“You’re only as good as your last game.”

And it really is true – there is no more fickle a sport than football, with fans going into a meltdown of negativity following a bad result, and delirium after a good win. And that is how it is supposed to be; emotion rules football, and one bad result, for fans who live and breathe the sport, absolutely crushes morale, while good results send them into elation.

Few would doubt Rangers’ form has been a tad suspect of late – over the past two or three months there have been a few losses and draws, which compared with last season is infinite progress, but compared with the zenith of early season Rangers this time round was definitely a little bit of a lull.

Rangers continue to be targeted - nothing ever changes

Rangers finally appeared to end their recent slump on Monday with a more-than convincing win over second-placed Hibernian. Indeed, the final score was an impressive 4-2 victory, but the truth is few outside Scottish football would even be aware of it such has been the native media’s predictable focus on off-field matters.

This match, hyped up beyond mention in recent weeks, was a titanic top of the table clash, one which would likely swing the balance of the league’s destiny in the direction of whoever came out victors.

All the pre-match talk was of Rangers’ poor form, Hibs’ impressive unbeaten run since the last encounter between the two at Ibrox, and the ‘mind games’ between Rangers’ boss Mark Warburton and the ever-embarrassing attempts from Alan Stubbs to destabilise efforts at Ibrox.