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

Monday, 25 September 2017

A board divided

It has been a long-running and simmering undercurrent at Ibrox ever since Pedro Caixinha was appointed.

Whether or not you agree with the site’s Richard over Pedro’s chances of succeeding (we do, incidentally), there has been a continuing underbelly of board division over his appointment from the getgo.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Rangers said to be interested in Championship midfielder

Earlier this summer Rangers joined Celtic in being reported as interested in St Mirren’s 20-year old midfielder, Lewis Morgan, and that interest has resurfaced in the past week.

Impressively joint third in the Championship’s top-scorer list, the young engine room man is said to be interesting a group of clubs, with the Old Firm pair at the top of the pile, and Burton Albion had two bids rejected for his services earlier in the year.

What should the board do now?

Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

The Rangers board took an inexcusably huge gamble by making untried Pedro Caixinha the new man to take over from another experimental ‘Gers manager in Mark Warburton.

If Ped the Ted is ever going to be a success at Ibrox, he must start winning a minimum of three games in a row – to have any semblance of success at a massive club like Rangers.

It is impossible for a Rangers manager to win the league if he cannot buy the right players to put on the park and then have the talent and common sense to choose the right ones to start the games.

10 things we learned against Celtic

So now that the dust has settled on yesterday’s (latest) Old Firm defeat, it is time for your good old friends at Ibrox Noise to bring you an assessment of what we reckoned we learned from the 90 minutes in Govan. What follows is what we feel we can take from the loss, both good and bad.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Is this change at Ibrox such a bad idea?

If there is one area we have to applaud Pedro Caixinha in, it is the general willingness to use youth, even if it is not as regular as we would like. This afternoon we saw the second fine display in a row from young defender Ross McCrorie who managed to impress more in the 100 minutes or so he has played than the senior he has replaced has managed to all season.

McCrorie is an exceptional talent, a solid, stronger than he looks stopper with decent reading of the game. The few errors he made today were entirely based on experience, because based on pure ability, Ross McCrorie is every inch as good as any defender at the club already, having only played a match and a bit.

Rangers linked again to ex-striker

Following Rangers’ disappointing loss at Ibrox this afternoon, rumours have resurfaced linking Pedro Caixinha with a move for ex-Rangers striker Ross McCormack.

This story emerged in the summer, with an unlikely attempt reportedly being made and a formal enquiry being made by Rangers, but nothing came of that initial contact, and the player has appeared on the radar again over the past 24 hours as a potential transfer.

Old Firm misery - where do Rangers go from here?

It is hard to figure out where Rangers go from here. It is plain to see that progress under Pedro Caixinha is either at a crawl or plain non-existent. Without directly saying that Rangers need a new manager, it is evident there is no coherent direction under this regime, and the squad is simply not good enough to compete for second place.

Yes, second. We are miles off Celtic – today’s defeat, while not the humiliating scoreline last time out, was still a complete humbling and if losing like that counts as some progress in the hunt to usurp Parkhead’s lot then we really do have slim pickings in signs of improvement.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

A massive selection dilemma for Old Firm?

Few can deny Mexican Eduardo Herrera has not had the smoothest of starts to life at Ibrox.

The ex-UNAM striker has had a reasonably solid career, if not a stunning one, and while his pre-season displays this summer showed great promise, his performances in the real stuff once the competitive season was underway in earnest seemed to go substantially backwards.

Gone was the summer pressing, running, harrying and pace, and the Mexican international started to look a bit lost, losing his place in the process. His confidence appeared low, and he was starting to drift to the fringes of the first team.

THIS is the kind of problem Pedro wants...

One player at Ibrox who has slightly divided fans, if not viciously, is goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.

Certainly the least of our worries, true, the 26-year old recently signed a year-long extension to his deal to keep him in Govan till 2020 at least, and the news was greeted with muted acknowledgement rather than widespread joy or despair.

Wes has been a reasonable stopper at Ibrox – no Goram, Woods, or McGregor, sure, but he has been a fairly convincing shot stopper overall. Many have had large concerns about his cross-ball collection, however.

Are Rangers the right 'project' for this France international free agent?

Rangers do have one or two problem positions at present. Left wing is certainly well documented, and right now we are also a tad unsure who is the best option for the number 9 slot.

But with backup defensive midfielder Jordan Rossiter back into injury trouble, Rangers have just one anchor available, Ryan Jack, and even he was an injury concern following a scare at Firhill.

If there is one thing lack, despite Pedro’s claims otherwise, it is a real leader in the middle of the park. Graham Dorrans really is not a leader, and Jack, while performing admirably, could probably use a little guidance from an experienced pro who has played at the absolute highest levels.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Rangers fans have had enough of failed Warburton experiment

If Rangers fans seem to be running out of patience with Josh Windass, it is with good reason.

This 23-year old forward has occasionally flirted with some half decent performances; at the start of the season, he gave a good 25 minutes from kick off at Fir Park, then again in the cup match v Dunfermline.

How Rangers could be in danger of losing out in the January window

As most fans will know now, on-fire Alfredo Morelos has attracted the vultures a mere six matches into his career at Ibrox.

Topping the SPL scoring charts on his own, the Colombian hitman has been an absolute revelation – scouted by Finland and ex-Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson, the 21-year old is making the SPL look like a cakewalk, scoring all range of goals.

His head against County was incredible, and his clinical grass-cutter against Thistle on Friday was on point too. Despite no goals, and one near miss, he also had a fine match last night. This ex-HJK goalgetter is becoming, quickly, Rangers’ prize asset and by some distance our best player.

Shock selection on the cards for the Old Firm

The odd thing about Bruno Alves’ injury is while no one ever wants to see an injury to a player on their team, the Portuguese’s performance had hardly merited his inclusion in the ‘indispensible’ column – not unlike previous matches he had been off the pace, outmuscled by an opposition striker, and seemed lacksidasical.

So when we saw him taken off, it was not with the fear I expected. The only puzzle is why senior defender Danny Wilson was not used as his replacement.

Two minutes into Ross McCrorie’s appearance and we could see why the 19-year old had been selected to replace the team captain.

Debate: has marquee summer signing delivered or disappointed?

The site received a very interesting comment recently from Ibrox Noise regular, Blue Blue:

“I may be the only one but for me the biggest disappointment so far is Bruno Alves. He was culpable at both goals on Friday (v Partick). He looks like he thinks this is all very easy and he doesn't need to work too hard. I think the full backs are a question mark but I expected more from Alves. He should be managing the entire back 4 giving them clear direction minute by minute (or moment by moment as PC would say).
We should be getting much more out of this top professional.”

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Rangers injury crisis potentially grows - up to SIX out of Old Firm?

Tonight’s hard-fought Betfred Cup win over Partick came at a potentially high cost, with yet more possible casualties adding to Rangers’ ever-growing injury list, propelling the situation into a mild crisis.

Rangers got to the semis by hook or by crook, but it was not without drawbacks, as on top of Jordan Rossiter (knee), Niko Kranjcar (knee), and Lee Wallace (groin), captain Bruno Alves was withdrawn early with a suspected calf strain only to be followed by deputising left back Declan John with a possible hamstring.

Pedro: "They can say what they like, I don't care"

In a contrast, apparently, to past Rangers managers, Pedro Caixinha has confirmed he simply does not care what the press and websites say about him and is here to do his job.

When asked if he felt this week was a defining week in his stewardship of the Marble Staircase in light of media criticism, Caixinha clarified that he was not interested in the opinions of anyone in the press or similar, and was here as Rangers manager focused on his job and his job alone.

He said:

Predicted starting XI for Thistle; what we know

After curiously announcing it would be a fairly unchanged team over the weekend, instead Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has done a full 180 and will ring in a raft of alterations for tonight’s Partick clash, some forced, and some not.

What we know for sure is the following players will play no part:

Rangers' injury streak continues - three out, one doubtful

Rangers’ sudden injury deluge has slightly worsened over the past 24 hours with the news Graham Dorrans is a slight fitness doubt (albeit will start) and Niko Kranjcar’s injury was more severe than first feared and he is definitely out tonight.

Rangers are already missing Jordan Rossiter (knee) and captain Lee Wallace (groin) for the League Cup trip to Firhill, and the loss of Kranjcar (knee) is certainly not ideal with regards options for the left.

Why Rangers should move for free agent ex-team mate of summer signing

With Rangers’ well-documented problems at full back starting to be a bit of an issue, with untimely injuries and insufficient resources presenting the position as something of an obstacle, a low-risk signature to bolster the squad in that area may be of use.

Currently Rangers have admittedly modest depth at right back in the form of James Tavernier and Lee Hodson, but on the left flank injury problems have created a bit of a mess.

Captain Lee Wallace is definitely a miss, Myles Beerman has faded from the first team entirely this season, pre-season hope Jordan Thompson has been ditched from left back too, leaving just on-loan Cardiff man Declan John as Rangers’ only viable left back option outwith Lee Hodson.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Triple injury blow rocks Rangers

Rangers’ preparations for Saturday’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox have been rocked with the news that a number of players are set to miss the match with injury.

From last Thursday and a fully-fit squad, Pedro Caixinha’s plans have been disrupted with injuries to Lee Wallace, Jordan Rossiter and Niko Kranjcar.