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

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 clichés 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.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Battery v Rangers - match preview

Just a few hours to go till Mark Warburton’s new-look Rangers side takes its maiden bow in Charleston, South Carolina, as the sole friendly of Rangers’ USA camp sets to test the Magic Hat’s men and see where his new recruits have bedded in.

Notable omissions from tonight’s squad look to be Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter, Matt Crooks, Niko Kranjcar and Lee Hodson.

Barton has begun training at Murray Park of late, with TV duties preventing him from joining up with the squad in USA, along with the small caveat that he did not officially become a Rangers player until Friday, with his contract formally starting on the first of the month.

Monday, 20 June 2016

How Rangers spent £0 on an SPL team

With promotion, Rangers’ fans had a slightly misguided belief that the Ibrox men suddenly had access to all the gold in the world. That the “Promised Land” of the Premiership would wield a steep hike in monies available and Rangers’ target market for the new season would be a huge rise compared with the ‘bargain basement’ of the Championship and other lower leagues in England.

So far, on five players and counting, Rangers have spent close to zero. That is correct; zip, zero, nada.

On Josh Windass, Matt Crooks, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter and Clint Hill the outlay for these players’ services has been borderline nothing beyond agent and development fees and impending wages.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Profile: Rangers' new boys - what will they add?

 Richard Fillingham

Rangers have managed a great deal of activity already, and while today also saw the acquisition of ex-QPR defender Clint Hill, let’s take a look at the four Warburton had managed to sign before our latest arrived.

Joey Barton:

When discussing Rangers biggest signing of the year, so far; He has more baggage than the average bag carousel at Glasgow Airport, but he is undeniably a very good midfield footballer who can raise Rangers to a higher level of play, and that is the most important part of his signing.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Signings, sellouts & season tickets - why it's great being a Bear

 Richard Fillingham

Any new signings for Rangers will be joining the world’s most successful club, and have the privilege of plying their trade at the magnificent stadium of Ibrox Park, whilst enjoying our wonderful training facilities of Murray Park to hone their talents even further. Coupled by the added bonus of playing in front of the best supporters in Scotland, singing their 51,000 hearts out every other week – I wish it was me playing for them!

Exciting times ahead with four Englishmen - Matt Crooks, Josh Windass, Jordan Rossiter and Joey Barton already signed, with many newer players still to come, and strengthen an already decent squad of players.

Friday, 3 June 2016

How a new-look SPL Rangers could line up under Mark Warburton

With the transfer window now officially open, despite the signings already made for Mark Warburton’s Rangers Revolution, there is clearly plenty scope for new additions to be made.

Over the past week we have seen Khalis Aucho, Kolo Toure, Fanendo Adi, Niko Kranjcar (appears to have said no) and Sone Aluko (signed yesterday for Birmingham) mentioned, along with the usual Danny Grahams, Grant Hanleys and others.

But of who has signed, what could a new look first XI under Warbs line up as? takes you on a little journey over one potential line up, based on definites, strongly possibles, and wild guesses. Let the games begin!