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

Friday, 28 July 2017

A shock exit from Ibrox?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Sudden rumours this morning have caught dramatic pace with ‘a shock exit’ on the cards. From nowhere, speculation has reached fever pitch that a key player at Ibrox is set to leave, but as yet no hard evidence has arisen as to who it could be.

A few names have sprung up, such as goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, midfielders Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter, but the truth is the story exists only as guesswork at this point and there is no point plucking names from thin air.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Data, stats and the new 2017/18 football season

It’s almost here. Not long now until the new football season and the start of Rangers’ 2017/18 campaign with the first match away of course to Motherwell on August 5 and then the first home game against Hibernian a week later on August 12. Ibrox Stadium will soon once again feel the noise…

Pedro makes key personnel switch?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

In a slightly unexpected move at Ibrox, manager Pedro Caixinha has apparently made a change at left back with previous deputy Myles Beerman being restored to Graeme Murty’s youth setup while traditional midfielder Jordan Thompson has been surprisingly promoted to become captain Lee Wallace’s deputy.

The Maltese international did rather well during his brief spell at the tail end of the campaign, and big things had been expected of him with some seeing him as a natural successor to the established first-teamer, but with Jordan Thompson taking his place on the trip to England while both Beerman and Thompson went out with Murty’s unders for the pre-season tour of Northern Ireland last week, it marks an unexpected change at the back.

Season 2017/2018 - provisional squad?

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

Rangers have taken a 25-man squad to England for a week’s training and two away games against Watford who are managed by Marco Silva, a friend of Pedro’s, and Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

All three managers are Portuguese and Caixinha is so pleased that both friends of his readily agreed to take on the pre-season friendly matches against his new Rangers team.

Pedro has signed so many new players to the club and travelling together for nearly a week should help tremendously well in gelling the players together at training and especially off the park.

Topping on EBTs: "You can't please everyone..."

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Outgoing SPFL chairman Ralph Topping, whose impartiality, intelligence, and honesty will be sadly missed, has effectively admitted that the review board who will investigate Scottish football’s rules and practises during the so-called ‘EBT Period’ (mostly focusing on the handling Rangers, of course) are unlikely to be as impartial as he.

The SPFL and SFA are to team up and compile an ‘independent’ review relating to the procedures the authorities used way back when, but reading between the lines, Topping has cryptically conceded that the ‘independence’ part of the equation will be hard to secure. He said:

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ok, ok - the DEFENCE...

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

For every transfer story we bring you, for every analysis of the state of the SPFL we compose, and for every time we twaddle on about formation, the one comment we keep on getting back here at Ibrox Noise is about the defence.

It has been the most enduring theme of this transfer window, and while we have raised it in the past, we shall do so again by public demand.

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.

"Strip the titles" - The End

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Over the past 48 hours two very important events occurred in the history of Rangers FC. First, Stewart Robertson was democratically elected to the board of the SPFL, for Rangers’ first representation on it since league restructuring in 2013. And secondly the board onto which he was placed has now finally confirmed the nonsense of title stripping and EBT investigation are not on the agenda.

In short, at long last, the mentalist idea of Rangers being stripped of titles because of rank misunderstandings of how EBT schemes operate has been officially put to bed.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Is this why Barrie McKay REALLY left?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Following Rangers’ strongly-worded response to ex-winger Barrie McKay’s ‘subhuman treatment’ accusation, sources close to the club have lifted the lid on why McKay and manager Pedro Caixinha really fell out.

It is Ibrox Noise’s understanding that Caixinha made a footballing request of McKay that the young winger apparently deemed ‘unacceptable’ and our information is he ‘downed tools’ and looked for an out.

Steven Naismith Update

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Following a long-running will he won’t he saga, sources close to the player claim Steven Naismith is on the verge of clinching a switch to Ibrox.

This is a very extended transfer tale, and with Pedro Caixinha confirming post-Marseille that he was close to securing two new players, both Scottish and both Rangers fans, Naismith has been on many a fan’s lips as a possible candidate.

Players "100% behind" Pedro

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Following weeks of doubts, Ibrox Noise sources claim Rangers players are “100% behind” the Portuguese manager, something quite plausible following Saturday’s energetic display against Marseille.

There had been doubts following lethargic displays and rumours of unrest, but our understanding is any possible unsettling is a thing of the past (if it ever existed) and the players are 100% invested in their new manager and what he is trying to do.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Rangers in talks with ex-Man Utd midfielder: reports

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

While Rangers’ transfer activity has started to dry up a little in recent days, reports of new links have still been filtering through and the latest is an intriguing focus on recently-freed Ryan Tunnicliffe.

According to a number of outlets, the former Fulham and Blackurn midfielder is a target for Pedro Caixinha, and at only 24 the Englishman’s best years are surely ahead of him, but Rangers are not the only side interested in his services with Barnsley and PNE supposedly in the hunt too.

Has Pedro finally figured THIS out?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Older Bears of a certain vintage will remember Uncle Walter’s famous 4-4-2 during 9IAR – Hateley and Super up front, Laudrup on the wings. He would shake things up during Old Firm matches, and during his second spell was willing to go one up top plenty.

But the names Miller and Boyd are synonymous with the kind of system Walter went with. It worked – a duo up front supported by wingers.

The man who can make all the difference for Rangers

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

If Rangers have lacked one thing over the past five years (and let us face it, it has been more than one thing) it is a defence.

Gone are/were the days of David Weir and Carlos Cuellar, and more recently, the likes of Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian – instead Rangers fans have had to suffer a multitude of inferior stoppers like Lee McCulloch, Emilson Cribari, Ross Perry, Darren McGregor, Bilel Mohsni, and of late, Rob Kiernan.

Indeed, fans used to past titans like Richard Gough, Terry Butcher, John Brown and the like were forced to get used to such bang average (or worse) defenders representing the Rangers in recent years. Never have Rangers been more insulted by Emilson Cribari briefly wearing the captain’s armband.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Pedro: "I'll add two more players"

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Following today's impressive result against French cracks Marseille, manager Pedro Caixinha has confirmed he remains in the market for a further two players.

The Portuguese has been hot on the tail of a number of players for a while now, and speculation has ramped up following his assertion that they are to be Scottish and will understand the significance of playing for Rangers.

Rangers star: "It wasn't my best game"

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Despite an impressive debut at Ibrox, giving a glimpse of his hard-dig, classy composure and work ethic in the middle of Rangers’ spine, midfielder Graham Dorrans has insisted he was not at his best and better is to come.

The recently-turned 30 year old was pursued by Pedro Caixinha for months before the Portuguese finally got his man, and his debut went pretty well at Ibrox, but the ex-Norwich man played his own display down significantly.

Ten things we learned from Marseille

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Few would deny Rangers’ pre-season has not been entirely plain sailing. Some disappointing close-door results along with a painful exit from European competition has left the club and fans licking our wounds and trying to figure out where things were going wrong.

So when news broke that Rangers were to face French giants Marseille the collective sigh and ‘we’ll get gubbed’ rung around many with a feverish intensity, many it must be said, including Ibrox Noise.

We feared today, with unsettled players, a manager unsure of his best strategy. We need not have worried.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Mark Warburton to complete three-player Rangers swoop; reports

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Hot on the heels of the failed bid but simmering interest in James Tavernier and successful swoop for winger Barrie McKay is the breaking story this morning that Rangers’ ex-manager Mark Warburton is finally showing interest in goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.

This was a transfer link many fans have expected for some time, with Foderingham being one of Rangers’ better performers last season, and had been tentatively proposed as a player who would attract suitors.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Should Lee Wallace remain Rangers captain?

This subject has been rearing its (ugly?) head of late more and more. With current captain Lee Wallace receiving a lot of criticism for his captaincy and levels of communication on the field, many supporters and readers of Ibrox Noise have sought to point out how unsuited he is to the role.

It is a view the site has to share, unfortunately; for the respect we have for Wallace, for staying in 2012 and sacrificing the best years of his career for the club, and for all that he deserved and was rightly honoured with the captaincy, there is an increase in opposition to him retaining the position and canvassing of support in the direction of other candidates.