Showing posts with label Jordan Rossiter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jordan Rossiter. 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.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Part Three: Defending the midfield. Have Rangers fixed that?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

In the third part of Ibrox Noise’s four-part series, we will take a look at another badly-neglected area of Rangers’ XI over recent years; defensive midfield.

Ever since Mark Warburton decided to ruin two years of Andy Halliday’s career by shoving him in defensive midfield for reasons known only to himself when other options were available, that area of the pitch has been a real weakness at Ibrox.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

What needs to change for success in Luxembourg - are you listening Pedro?

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

I have been going to Ibrox since 1960 and I can tell you that Rangers have always been slow starters, and it has annoyed me for years! I used to put it down to starting the season too late with the players having far too long to relax on their holidays.

I worried about players not keeping themselves fit enough during the break and some of them putting on weight. I also questioned their professionalism at times.

I was obviously wrong because, with our Portuguese coach in charge, the break was only 2 weeks and we still didn’t look sharp enough against the minnows of Luxembourg. Actual competitive match fitness is the main problem following a few friendly pre-season style of games, with nobody wanting to get injured.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The man Jordan Rossiter owes so much to

Article by: Richard Fillingham
Steve Walker our clever and meticulous Rangers physiotherapist earns his money by properly diagnosing each player’s injury problems and working hard with every one of them to try and get them as fit as he can. His job is to get them ready to  train again and to supervise them until their full recovery.

Niko Kranjcar sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament last October, and thanks to Steve Walker he managed to get Niko’s injury sorted out and also ahead of his scheduled recuperation period. Together they won his fitness battle and he has already been training well for the start of the new season.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Rangers' return to training; who came back and who didn't?

Rangers’ players returned to pre-season training yesterday, after the much-hyped fortnight-only summer break the players were furnished with by disciplinarian boss Pedro Caixinha, and the big news was less about the new arrivals Caixinha is attempting to sign up, and more about the players who were and were not back at Auchenhowie for campaign 2017/2018.

With so much confusion about who is and is not leaving, the squad at Murray Park yesterday shed a fair chunk of light on who is most definitely not part of Caixinha’s plans going forward, and who may still be.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

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.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The great mystery of Rangers' star midfielder

“Insert overused clich├ęs about Steven Gerrard and Barry Ferguson here”

Ok, is that out the way? The fact is we all know Jordan Rossiter is a special talent. You do not look at ease in the Europa League and English Premier League for a side the size of Liverpool without being impressive, while excelling for your country and captaining them.

Rossiter outclassed his fellow midfield colleagues earlier this season when paired with the likes of Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar, making Rangers fans genuinely believe we had acquired one of the all-time modern bargains snapping this kid up from the Scousers for less than half a million squid.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Why Warburton should be wary of Cathro

It has been a somewhat eventful week in Scottish football. From Hearts’ new appointment throwing a cat among the stuffy pigeons of the game here, to the despicable child abuse scandal enveloping the sport north of the border as well as south, there have not been problems and talking points to seek to say the least.

However, the topic of import for this article is that indeed of the Tynecastle side’s new recruit, along with his assistant, who will be in the away dugout tomorrow for Gorgie’s second meeting with Rangers in 10 days. Ian Cathro, fresh from his time at Valencia and Newcastle finds himself thrust into the managerial hotseat at Budge’s lot, his maiden job at the helm of a club on his own at the mere age of 30.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Can Rangers switch formation?

If we overlook the increasing division regarding Mark Warburton’s position at Ibrox, and get back to plain football, the most commonly-asked query among fans is why the boss persists with a formation that clearly is not working.

Warburton has advocated 4-3-3 his entire managerial life, and has robustly defended it in his time at the helm. And to his credit it worked fairly well in the Championship, with his Rangers side coasting to promotion with room to spare.

The problem is fans’ accurate insistence it does not work in the SPL, and results and displays have borne that out. Rangers have looked static, idea-less, and incredibly predictable, seeing many supporters to press for an essential change in formation to a more traditionally-Rangers-esque 4-4-2.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Why the end of the "dream midfield" might not matter

Before this summer’s transfer business was concluded, Rangers fans were rightly excited at the prospect of the new season given the potential midfield on offer.

Manager Mark Warburton had successfully secured three genuinely English Premier League class players in one-time English cap Joey Barton, 80+ Croatian international Niko Kranjcar, and England U20 international captain Jordan Rossiter, players who looked on paper like they could seriously propel Rangers from just hoping to be credible in the SPL, to outright challenging at the top of it.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Making sense of Rangers' serial sagas

Article by Sam Groves

It is hard to know exactly how to start this article. Is it with the Joey Barton headlines dominating all things Rangers? Is it with the crucial trip to Inverness on Friday which must see a continuation of the bright form (after a slow start) against Partick? Or is it with the excellent news that defensive midfielder Jordan Rossiter’s return to training gives Mark Warburton a full squad to choose from for the first time this season?

Good news, bad news, important news. The rollercoaster of emotions that is Rangers right now.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Why it's Jordan Rossiter's time

Mark Warburton was quoted as saying “a week to 10 days away” for Jordan Rossiter at his last press conference on the 29th, essentially presumably leading to the young defensive anchor’s return by the time Rangers travel north to Caley.

Rangers have been patchy in his absence, with a dreadful loss at Celtic Park preceding a slight glimpse of some form, and in Andy Halliday’s defence he has done a pretty solid job filling in there with Matt Crooks apparently not truly deemed as fully ready to hold down that slot, and Joey Barton’s ban eliminating him from selection.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Fan poll - would you select Joey Barton again?

With the sideshow surrounding Joey Barton growing into a full-blown circus thanks to his latest charge from the SFA, Rangers’ fallen ‘star’ is nevertheless due back at The Rangers Football Centre on Monday, having served his three-week ban for that notorious training ground incident last month.

In that time the former City and Marseille anchor has toured the country plugging his autobiography, and one might even suggest the ban was a deliberate ploy by the player to get time off to do so, using a high-profile move to Ibrox to aid his exposure.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Reasons to be positive?

This site has been especially negative recently, albeit quite understandably.

The team nor management have given us fans much to cheer about recently, with both rather letting the club down with poor performances on the pitch and off it, so it is with determination that this entry is about the positives.

True, the results have been patchy, and the displays even more so, but what has stood out as something to build on over this season?

Let us explore…

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Barton problem...

Rarely has a football transfer in Scotland generated the hype Joey Barton’s switch to Ibrox did. You truly would have to look at the imports of the past like Gascoigne, and for the older Bears, Boli, to see anything like the hysteria of the former Marseille anchor’s decision to join Mark Warburton in Govan.

In terms of recent signings, Barton is arguably Scottish football’s biggest in a decade. Many will make cases for other players, and that is fine, but then I did add the ‘arguable’ prefix.

Nevertheless, this was a controversial signature as much as a hyped one; this was a player with a colourful past and one of the worst reputations in football. From incarceration to appalling on-pitch discipline, his trail of wreckage in life is a sadly long one, and it was with a huge amount of surprise that strict disciplinarian Mark Warburton even wanted the ex-Newcastle midfielder’s services.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Rangers fan poll: is it time to splash the cash?

With Rangers’ 16/17 campaign off to a stuttering start, flanked by a lack of quality defenders, strikers, and an injury to a key front man, the question of the transfer window has re-emerged again.

As fans know, Rangers have done fairly impressively in the window, with an incredibly modest outlay on nine players, and the likes of Joey Barton and Jordan Rossiter being among those secured.

But the notion of various strikers costing hard money has resurfaced, and fans are debating the concept of paying serious cash for needed players.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Next season; are Rangers ready?

 Article by Greg Roots

We are less than 2 weeks away from kicking off our league campaign in the Scottish Premiership for the first time since 2011/12 and there is most certainly a feeling of excitement flowing through all Rangers fans.

We have added to an already attacking squad with both English premiership “hot prospects” like Dodoo and Rossiter, as well as stalwarts who have seen it all at the highest level and will definitely bring a great deal of much needed experience to Mark Warburton’s squad.

Why the sun will never shine on Ibrox

The newspapers never were the most elegant of information sources. The majority of them historically chose whichever Glasgow club was the bigger focus of attention at that moment in time and used those travails for hits, circulation and general profit.

There is, however, no denying that the past four years have seen a dramatic spike in the sheer level of negative Rangers reporting, of these newspapers and indeed media sources in general exploiting the dark days at Ibrox for their own ends.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

How could a new-look Rangers line up next season?

With the potential capture of striker Joseph Dodoo on the agenda, plus Mark Warburton’s summer work in general nearing its conclusion, Rangers will have a significantly new feel about them next season.

While defender Oguchi Onyewu did not impress enough on trial in America to win a deal, plenty of new recruits have otherwise arrived in Govan keen to fight Celtic to the title next season.

Warburton has admitted a CB remains on the agenda, along with aforementioned striking vacancy, but what will a potential new-look Rangers now shape up as come the new season?

Obviously before labelling this as ‘Rangers’ new team’ it is important to point out existing talent like Jason Holt and Martyn Waghorn have not suddenly just lost their places, and gave so much last season to merit playing a big role this season; but like everyone else it is a blank slate and a higher level than 2015/2016 was, hence the new signings and the validity of seeing what a brand new Rangers XI may well look like.

Disclaimer: the following content contains conjecture.

How well did new Rangers signing Jordan Rossiter do for England?

Arriving at Ibrox with a great deal of fanfare and not a little hype, midfield anchor man Jordan Rossiter got a prime time slot on British Eurosport captaining the England U19s as they faced France in the Euros, for what turned out to be a surprisingly comfortable 2-1 win for the Three Lions.

But naturally what most Rangers fans watching were looking for was the former Liverpool midfielder, to see exactly what kind of player Mark Warburton had secured for the Ibrox engine room.