Showing posts with label Jon Toral. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jon Toral. Show all posts

Sunday, 19 March 2017

What a difference having a manager makes...


“And to that end, Rangers fans could not have a better way to judge new Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha than by focusing on Saturday’s hosting of Hamilton. The last time Rangers played Martin Canning’s side at home in the league was the opening day of this season; and that performance and result set the tone for how life would pan out in Scotland’s top tier under Rangers’ ex-boss. On his debut in the SPL, he failed, miserably, as Scotland’s worst top-flight side (give or take with Inverness) gleaned a point in Govan.
On Pedro Caixinha’s debut in the SPL, he faces the same opponent, with mostly the same squad, at the same ground, in front of the same expectant fans, in the same tournament, with the same exact ramifications of the result.
It is the perfect litmus test for our new manager to begin life in Britain, and the best way for Rangers fans to see, even at this early stage, what we may be able to expect from our new gaffer.
When Walter Smith returned in 2007, his debut was a 5-0 tonking of Dundee Utd at Ibrox. That set the tone for his dominance over those following years. Naturally we do not expect similar dominance this time round (would be nice though!), but more often than not, how a regime starts is pretty much how it continues. Very rarely will a bad start by a Rangers manager be turned round to be a success.” Ibroxnoise.co.uk 14/03/17

Sunday, 29 January 2017

The three stars of Rangers' future?


If there is one justification to manager Mark Warburton’s fixation on midfielders, it is the abundant truth that while he has more on his roster than is generally normal for a top flight team to have in that position, few of them are actually any good. Of those available, prior to January’s window, it could be argued absolutely none of the midfielders Mark Warburton had at his disposal were even up to the standard required.

Obviously the blame for this has to be more than significantly at his door, and that of Frank McParland, but either way, the depth to choose from in that department was weak. Out of favour Matt Crooks (now a Scunthorpe loanee), perennially-wasted out of position Andy Halliday (still unconvincing at DM), and the struggling Jason Holt who simply has not performed at the level expected of him since the step up to the SPL were the staple choices available. Other options include Josh Windass (depressingly out of form) and Harry Forrester (has fallen into the fringes of the first team) so it is evident that Rangers’ quality in the engine room was extraordinarily poor.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Will Reece Oxford agree the switch to Ibrox?

 Article by Richard Fillingham

Rangers are reported to be close to signing a loan deal for the services of West Ham’s 18-year-old centre back, Reece Oxford. Boss Mark Warburton rates the youth team player extremely highly and feels that he could prove to be pivotal to Rangers' bid to finish second in the SPL this season and help with a good cup run.

If London Stadium's Oxford does land at Ibrox he will become the third Premier League youngster to move across the border on a temporary basis until the end of this season. Bournemouth midfielder Emerson Hyndman and Arsenal's Jon Toral have both signed up with Warburton's men in the hope of receiving regular first team football.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The men who could change the Rangers


There is little doubt right now that Rangers fans are a tad divided over Mark Warburton’s current performance. Some are optimistic about next season and trust in the boss, while others feel a new manager should be in place by next campaign. But what of the players at his disposal? There has indeed been a heavy emphasis on this site of the manager, so let us switch focus on what personnel Warbs has in his squad who could make the difference for the rest of the season.

IbroxNoise highlights a number of key players and proposes how they could help improve form and make second place a little more convincing.