Showing posts with label Ibrox. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ibrox. Show all posts

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.

Roundup: 48 hectic hours at Ibrox

Well if the past 48 have not been some of the most ‘eventful’ at Ibrox in some time…

It seems pertinent to try to make sense of the latest official and (less) official stories surrounding our Club and try to organise it into some sort of order.

First the official stuff – there has been a big Academy reshuffle, with four ex-players returning to work with the kids. Peter Lovenkrands, rejected for the assistant job, is handed a part time gig with the intermediates, while Brian Gilmour will work alongside him. Stephen Wright returns to coach with the U15s while Andy Little is back at Auchenhowie to tutor the 9s and upwards.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Should Rangers make a move for this well-known Celtic fan?

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

Liam Boyce, the 6’ 1”, 26-year-old Northern Ireland footballer and Ross County striker is the SPL’s top scorer with 23 goals - the first player from a bottom-six club to head the scoring charts in the post-split era. He also netted in the Scottish Cup against Dundee United to make it 24 goals for the season, before getting knocked out early against Aberdeen.

Just like the famous Maurice Johnston, Liam is a Celtic man, but look how well Mo did for us at Rangers; great player and no one tried harder to please the best fans in the world.

Investing in the Rangers

Bookmakers have released odds for the 2017-18 season and Celtic have been made 1/10 favourites to win another title. Rangers are second favourites, but Pedro Caixinha’s men are not being given much of a chance by the bookies after finishing more than 30 points behind Celtic this season.

A Sports Interaction review and a trawl through various sites shows Rangers are trading at around 8/1 to win next season’s Premiership. Unless the club seriously improves its transfer business in the summer there will be few takers. At least Rangers are ahead of Aberdeen in the betting. Manager Derek McInnes has been laying into Rangers for finishing below his team this season, saying it’s embarrassing given the financial clout the club has.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Round by round - these are who Rangers could face in Europe

With Europa League football now guaranteed, Rangers make their long-awaited return to European competition after five years in the wilderness. Naturally the co-efficient has taken something of a hammering without the Gers on the continent, compounded by the shambolic performances of our city rivals, but it is time to have a look and see who Rangers can actually face in Europe’s second-biggest cup tournament.

Rangers enter into the first qualifying round, along with St Johnstone, but naturally cannot get Tommy Wright’s men due to the fact both are seeded, not to mention country protection. But who can Pedro’s men face up against in the opening round?

Could this be Rangers' XI next season?

Thank God that is over. A truly horrific season for Rangers is finally over, and now work truly begins rebuilding the squad into something a bit more worthy of the shirt.

Ibrox Noise takes you through what we know for sure, with a hint of educated guesswork thrown in for good measure, regarding the rebuild which is reported to be well underway and could be close to complete within two weeks if Pedro’s wishes come true.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

THIS is the damning stat of where Rangers would be without Kenny Miller...

 Article by: Greg Roots
The 2016/2017 SPFL Premiership season has concluded and it sees the curtains close on what has been a very poor campaign from the boys in blue. Most our fans did not expect to win the league this season, after all we have a playing squad budget two fifths the size of our closest rivals.

However, it was the way we surrendered any fight and were so well away from Celtic, and more worryingly Aberdeen, early in the season. A large factor in this was Mark Warburton’s lack of tactical flexibility, but having a squad packed full of players who do not have what it takes to pull on the famous blue jersey was a problem which meant we were posted missing every time the going got tough.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Rangers' prize asset to be sold this summer; reports

Rumours have surfaced online claiming Barrie McKay is to be sold by Rangers. The reports claim manager Pedro Caixinha has decided the 22-year old Scotland international has not done enough to earn a new deal, and Rangers will look for a quick sale this summer.

McKay has had a troubled time under the new boss, with unimpressive performances convincing many fans his heart was not in it, but his general displays this season on his maiden berth in the SPL have equally been patchy at best, and the claims have it that Rangers will seek a quick bid and sale to get the winger off the books.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Triple transfer boost for Rangers - fans will be delighted

Rangers fans have been given a triple transfer boost over the past 24 hours with the news of all season ticket monies being reinvested into the squad, while two new players look set to arrive at Ibrox.

Chairman Dave King has confirmed circa 35,000 season tickets have been sold/renewed meaning a minimum of £10-13M is to be invested in the playing staff and Pedro Caixinha’s overhaul of the existing personnel. This could mean as much as £18M outwith King’s and co’s own investment, although whether fans actually believe the above claims by the Ibrox chief is quite another matter.

Sergeant Warburton's Loan-ly Rangers Club - where are they now?

If one thing punctuated Mark Warburton’s ultimately disastrous regime at Ibrox, it was his unforgiveable use of Ibrox and Murray Park as a pseudo-lab for other teams’ youth players while borderline auditioning himself for another gig by showing how ‘well’ he could develop these young players.

As a homage to our fine ex-manager, Ibrox Noise decided to take an irreverent look down Memory Lane and have a look at all the departed loanees Bread Man brought in and ask the pertinent question: ‘where are they now?’

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:

Pedro makes worrying admission

When a new manager comes in, there is often a period of adjustment – from formations, to selections, to how the press are handled. Fans equally have to adjust to the new way of doing things, given how locked they previously were into the last manager’s methods.

There is often a honeymoon spell, where the new boss ekes out extra from his new squad of (usually) underachievers and fans often poke fun at the ex manager pointing out how the new one is getting so much more from the same players.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Caixinha earmarks main striker; fans might not be thrilled

Manager Pedro Caixinha has dropped his strongest hint yet that rather than including flop signing Joe Garner among the players he is looking to dispense with, he instead intends to build Rangers around the ex-Preston man and get the best out of him.

Speaking about next season’s plans, Pedro laid out his intention to develop a system which plays to Garner’s strengths by utilising his aerial ability and getting more goals from him, rather than dropping him to the bench or even getting shot of him.

The boss said:

The three men who can overhaul Rangers

With an underwhelming season drawing to a much-needed end, thoughts have turned in earnest to next season and the changes needed at Ibrox to produce a more credible challenge at the top end of the table.

Already we have seen countless players linked with Rangers, with reports last night suggesting Aberdeen’s Ryan Jack was a done deal and manager Pedro Caixinha’s first signing for the new campaign. Indeed, Caixinha has subsequently moved to strongly big the Dons’ captain up, admitting he has scouted him and he hugely admires him.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Rangers complete first midfield summer signing; reports

Unconfirmed reports circulating around Ibrox claim new manager Pedro Caixinha has finally completed his first signing, a three year deal for Aberdeen’s Ryan Jack, it is said.

The 25 year old midfielder has been on Rangers’ radar for some time, and has been an integral part of the Dons’ side which has sweeped its way to second place in the SPL, while performing impressively against Rangers along the way.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

We will still Follow On

Ibrox Noise has never shied away from being honest – all our readers will know we have strong opinions and we are not afraid to express them – whether we are being critical or praising the Club, we are always calling it as we see it. And right now Rangers are truly in a messy state of limbo;

And yet, as ever, waiting on and watching the Rangers will always be as exciting today as it was when we were kids.

It struck me that no matter how rubbish our team is, how incompetent or tight the board appears to be, or how confused the management seems, as Bears, our blood runs blue and we were as excited for a dead-end match against Hearts yesterday as we were for the Uefa Cup Final or 1992’s massive Leeds tie or indeed the CSKA finale the same season which saw us just pipped to the post.

Transfer window - must do better

If one thing has surfaced time and time again over the past few weeks, it is a worrying undercurrent among Rangers fans of the calibre of player being sought to rebuild this beleaguered Rangers side.

While no one is expecting the quality of Gazza, Laudrup or Baxter any time soon, alarm bells have been ringing among a great deal of the fanbase with names like Henaghan, Sumaila, Whittaker, and Berra being touted for a switch to Ibrox.

This is not to say these are all absolute dross, indeed many have responded slightly more positively to links suggesting a move could be made for Motherwell’s Louis Moult. But the problem Rangers fans seem to be arguing is the bulk of the players being mentioned in press circles, online and even ‘in the real world’ is they are barely any better than what we already have.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Double transfer boost as Rangers star pair confirm stay

Rangers have been handed a timely transfer boost with the news Barrie McKay and Niko Kranjcar both intend to continue on at the Club beyond the summer.

McKay and Kranjcar had been linked with moves out, with unknown Clubs said to be hovering around the winger while ‘Arry Redknapp’s Birmingham City became strong favourites to sign the Croat, but both players have committed to staying at Rangers and helping Pedro Caixinha’s side have a better fist of it next season.

End of the road for these two Rangers failures

We learned a lot about Rangers’ squad and management today at Ibrox, arguably even more than in any previous match this season. Many fans would point to the Old Firm debacles as the barometers against which Rangers should be judged, and that is absolutely spot on, but today a unique set of circumstances transpired to give a new and valuable angle from which to measure this climate at Ibrox, and it does not make for impressive viewing.

However, two players stood out head and shoulders of ineptitude above the rest (Jason Holt also had a stinker but he has been pretty good by and large the past couple of months so we will cut him the slack), with respective performances of absolute mince and if Rangers are to move forwards and upwards from here on in, neither can play another minute in the Light Blue shirt.

Roundup: Rangers' rebuild - ins and outs

So with increasing activity being reported in the press en-masse, Ibrox Noise takes you on a simplified guide of (mostly) everything taking place in Rangers’ transfer circles, whether official or not.