Tuesday, 25 April 2017
So while we still all come to terms with Sunday’s abomination, attention must turn now to Saturday’s final instalment of the Old Firm double header punctuating the past week and discussion over what the best team Pedro Caixinha can select is.
Ibrox Noise has had a think about this and we reckon we have compiled the best XI that Pedro can send out on the Hallowed Turf this weekend, and while we do not expect a win from it, it will deliver the workrate and unity we demand from a Rangers team. Obviously the quality simply is not there yet, and will not be until we sign it, but for now, here is your Ibrox Noise selection:
Monday, 24 April 2017
Rarely has the aftermath of an Old Firm clash been as surreal as this. Confusion, bewilderment, angst, fury, and a host of other bizarre and unexpected emotions have followed yesterday’s tragic ‘clash’ at Hampden, where the build up, match and fallout were all among the most downright strange I can remember associated with the historic bitter rivalry between the sides.
Signs did not bode overly positively in the first place when Pedro Caixinha went ‘Warby’ on us and told Charles Paterson on Sky that he did ‘not care about other teams’ which rather oddly contradicted his stance of weeks gone by that it is ‘important to study your opponent’. It was strange, confusing, and sent out a slightly mixed message of his intentions.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Increasing speculation is doing the rounds with the shock news that forgotten man Andy Halliday could be set to return against Celtic tomorrow.
The 25 year old midfielder has found chances sparing since Pedro Caixinha took charge in Govan, while similarly fighting off a hamstring injury that destroyed his March and early April, but claims are being made that he is set to take his place in midfield tomorrow in a bid to get Ped a win on his Old Firm debut.
Friday, 21 April 2017
Rangers’ preparations for Sunday’s titanic clash at Hampden with Celtic have taken a potentially massive blow with increasing speculation goalkeeper Wes Foderingham has endured a training ground injury and will miss the semi final.
Foderingham, in terrific form and improving by match, has enjoyed a glut of shut-outs in recent weeks with some superlative saves and domination of his box, and has definitely been one of the squad members of last season to handle the step up, and his loss, should it be the case, would be a big absence at the heart of Rangers’ rearguard.
Remembered forever for ‘that’ goal at Parkhead, Ehiogu was a massive part of the Walter Smith resurgence of 2007, a Rangers team who clawed back a humiliating 20 point gap to Celtic and made the final table look almost respectable.
Thursday, 20 April 2017
Inspired by Alec Beveridge, a long-time poster on Ibrox Noise (we do read the comments you know), it has occurred to the site that manager Pedro Caixinha’s seemingly strange act of announcing his team 36 hours early for the trip to Rugby Park was in fact a calculated and deliberate act and not just a quirky and eccentric approach to the match.
As we remember, not only was the announcement of the team a day and a half early, it threw in a total left-fielder with the news two rookies would make their senior debuts in the heart of defence. And yet, despite many questioning whether Pedro had lost his marbles, in the weeks that have followed it has been an act completely vindicated.
“How many games has Beerman played in the first team? A reality check required.”
This was a comment in response to the site suggesting Lee Wallace has a fight on his hands to regain his place in light of Myles Beerman’s impressive rise from nowhere. The young man has imposed himself effortlessly in matches, looking every inch the assured and seasoned campaigner rather than the rookie he supposedly was.
The dismissal of such promising talent just because of his age and lack of experience, despite three comfortable matches in a row to boast of is pretty prehistoric logic, as if such a young player could not possibly be valid competition to his senior counterpart.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
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.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Pedro Caixinha faces a number of key puzzles to solve before his men take the Hampden turf on Sunday, but one of the biggest talking points is the future of Barrie McKay; dropped unceremoniously for the trip to Pittodrie, McKay’s display at Ibrox when reinstalled for the visit of Thistle was enough to make his manager hook him at half time, amidst the contract talks and general lack of form the young winger is in.
To call McKay’s performance for the first 45 ‘poor’ is generous, such was his wayward passing, lack of running, and general lack of apetite. The young man is a favourite of Ibrox Noise, charting as we have his rise from breakthrough youth in 2012, to rejected outsider in the intervening years, before returning in glory under Mark Warburton to become Rangers’-then prized asset.
With Sunday’s Old Firm semifinal getting ever closer, Rangers could barely be going into the clash in better form. With only two goals conceded in our past seven matches and 17 dispatched, Rangers look a different prospect since the Loaf left, as new boss Pedro Caixinha impresses his philosophies on a previously beleaguered squad.
However, beating an admittedly solid Partick side at Ibrox is a slightly different prospect to overcoming the green and whites from the other side of the Clyde, and a number of key personnel and tactical issues surround Ped the Ted as he mulls over the XI he is set to send out onto the Hampden turf.
Alex McLeish has confirmed tonight that talks with the Rangers board never went beyond the ‘casual’ stage.
Speaking about his return to Ibrox as manager following the departure of Mark Warburton, Big Eck has suggested that the board were never serious about his appointment and that while he made himself available for further talks, Stewart Robertson et al were not interested in following up on him.
Monday, 17 April 2017
While the Pedro Caixinha regime is still fledgling, and arguably cannot be fully judged yet, the board nevertheless made a massive gamble with his appointment. Fans wanted McInnes, Wright, Souness, McLeish or indeed Frank De Boer to climb the marble staircase in earnest.
Instead, Stewart Robertson, Dave King and Paul Murray hoodwinked the lot of us with the most left-field managerial appointment in Rangers’ history by making Portguese Pedro Caixinha Rangers’ new boss in replacement of Loaf Boy.
When Andy Halliday joined Rangers in the summer of 2015, fans took to him instantly. This was, as you might just know, a lad who grew up literally on the Copland Road itself and saw Ibrox Stadium every single day.
He even rejected deals from other teams to risk a trial at Mark Warburton’s new Rangers’ regime and try to earn a contract.
Unfortunately Halliday, while never disgracing himself, suffered his manager’s obsession with playing square pegs in round holes and found himself sitting in the anchor role at the heart of midfield to fill in as defensive midfielder when Rangers simply did not have one thanks to their manager’s appalling short-sightedness.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
So…it has been an intriguing season has 2016/2017. While not quite on the level of disaster, it has certainly rarely soared as highly as fans would have hoped, and third place is certainly about right for the season’s endeavours thus far.
But which players have truly stood out? The Club may be running the official POTY vote, but Ibrox Noise wanted to poll its readers for an alternative opinion. Who is your Rangers’ Player of the Year?
Before today’s breaking news, Ibrox Noise was about to cover the recent turn of events with star winger Barrie McKay anyway, with the 22-year old forward having been ditched from the first team for the trip to Pittodrie, amidst rumours of discontent on his part towards the new Rangers regime.
Whatever the reason, manager Pedro Caixinha made a bold statement dropping him; in truth, McKay has not really lit up the SPL this season in the way fans expected. Indeed, the ex-manager outright ditched him around October due to his failure to deliver, and in fairness to McKay, he did produce a higher level in December when he regained his place, but this calendar year it must be said he has slightly regressed again.
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
When the hordes of ‘deserters’ made their way out of Ibrox in that fateful spring/summer period of 2012, it became en-vogue for the club’s star players to break supporters’ hearts by leaving through the back door with Rangers receiving nothing for the vast majority of them.
Only a handful of senior players remained on Rangers’ books, including internationals like Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian, not to mention Bocanegra’s international team-mate Maurice Edu. But all of them would leave not long after, and in both Boca and Goian’s cases, Rangers had to pay out their contracts to get their wages off the books.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
If Sunday’s visit to Aberdeen highlighted one thing more than any other, it was the differing fortunes and qualities of Rangers’ two Joes.
When the Bread Man made the inexplicable decision to shell out a whopping near-£2M on Preston-North End’s Joe Garner last summer, there was confusion all round. Everything in the 28 year old’s CV pointed to pure average, with a litany of wasted time in the lower leagues of the EFL and a mediocre goal-scoring record to show for it. No significant team was willing to give him the light of day in their first team, and his general ability pointed to England’s lower leagues being his level.
Monday, 10 April 2017
When 17-year old Danny Wilson made his European debut for Rangers against Unirea Urziceni in late 2009, it was pretty obvious to most keen-eyed observers that the lad was something special. For a defender of such tender years to look quite comfortable in the Uefa Champions League was a rare gem, and as such many fans truly believed they had the future of Rangers before them.
As history tells us, it did not quite work out like that. When EPL giants Liverpool came knocking on the Ibrox door, Wilson was seduced by the move to the English big time. It hurt many Rangers fans and made him, if not an enemy of the club, but a bit unpopular. As we know, that move did not work for Wilson, and it was not until his return to Scotland under Robbie Neilson’s impressive Hearts regime that the stopper regained some of the direction his career had started to lose.
Mixu Paatelainen has today described Rangers as a “great club” and wished his compatriot Jonatan Johansson the very best in the Fin’s new role as Rangers’ third assistant.
The ex-Kilmarnock, Dundee United and Hibernian manager had nothing but positive words for both JJ and Ibrox and could only speak in glowing terms of his prospects of doing a good job as Rangers’ massively-hyped ‘local assistant’.
Speaking to the BBC, the 50 year old described JJ as a ‘hard worker’ and went on to say:
For all of the plaudits rightly being aimed at the squad and manager for yesterday’s magnificent win in Aberdeen, one player has emerged as a truly changed man over the past month under the new manager. For all the praise this individual rightly received last year, this season has been extremely poor, with his endeavour rarely rewarded and his previous manager failing to get more out of him.
Under Pedro Caixinha, though, Jason Holt has simply changed as a player. Not only as a player, but his position, his attitude, and his effectiveness, and quietly but surely he is a huge proponent of why Rangers under Pedro have conceded just one solitary goal.