Showing posts with label Mark Warburton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mark Warburton. Show all posts

Monday, 24 April 2017

Thanks Warbs, thanks very flipping much!


As the fallout from the Old Firm debacle continues, one of the most pertinent issues to focus on at present has to be the squad.

“We’ve got to add value, we’ve got to show the board, it’s important for the club. Where we have been the last four or five years, I think it is imperative that we get value. Now, what that value is, obviously, is a big question. I look at Jordan Rossiter and Joe Dodoo as young players and Joey Barton, who would have been in the Premier league with Burnley, that for me is us getting value and recruiting well. It’s not about how much you spend, it is about spending the money you’ve got.” – Mark Warburton – 2016.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Has this Rangers player earned a start on Sunday?


If Rangers’ defensive crisis has led to one thing, it has been the rise of two brand new starlets into the first team. Myles Beerman we will cover in another entry, but today we focus on 20-year old David Bates who has risen from obscurity to start three matches in succession following the absences of essentially the entire backline bar Danny Wilson.

Bates was already on loan at Ibrox from Raith Rovers before then-manager Mark Warburton decided to make the boy’s time in Govan permanent.

With Philippe Senderos, Clint Hill, Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson in command of the first-team defensive shirts, Bates looked like a mere squad player, a reserve, a utility stopper to come in only when desperately needed. And in truth, that is how it has played out; with three centre-backs unavailable, Bates has been called on to partner the only remaining senior one at manager Pedro Caixinha’s disposal, and the surprising reality is Bates has given a very competent account of himself.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Controversial: could this Rangers star be axed for Celtic?


Pedro Caixinha faces a number of key puzzles to solve before his men take the Hampden turf on Sunday, but one of the biggest talking points is the future of Barrie McKay; dropped unceremoniously for the trip to Pittodrie, McKay’s display at Ibrox when reinstalled for the visit of Thistle was enough to make his manager hook him at half time, amidst the contract talks and general lack of form the young winger is in.

To call McKay’s performance for the first 45 ‘poor’ is generous, such was his wayward passing, lack of running, and general lack of apetite. The young man is a favourite of Ibrox Noise, charting as we have his rise from breakthrough youth in 2012, to rejected outsider in the intervening years, before returning in glory under Mark Warburton to become Rangers’-then prized asset.

Monday, 17 April 2017

End of the road for this Ibrox star?


When Andy Halliday joined Rangers in the summer of 2015, fans took to him instantly. This was, as you might just know, a lad who grew up literally on the Copland Road itself and saw Ibrox Stadium every single day.

He even rejected deals from other teams to risk a trial at Mark Warburton’s new Rangers’ regime and try to earn a contract.

He succeeded.

Unfortunately Halliday, while never disgracing himself, suffered his manager’s obsession with playing square pegs in round holes and found himself sitting in the anchor role at the heart of midfield to fill in as defensive midfielder when Rangers simply did not have one thanks to their manager’s appalling short-sightedness.

Monday, 3 April 2017

This is how much Rangers must spend this summer

Article by: Greg Roots

For various reasons, I have not written for a while and did not plan on writing another article until early May. However, goings-on at Rangers in recent times have made me want to put my thoughts onto 'paper' and express how I feel about the current situation at the club.

Firstly, a belated welcome to Pedro Caixinha. He will be the focus of my point, but I have not had the chance yet to use this site as a forum to welcome him to the club.

I had only known of Pedro previously due to him being linked to the assistant’s job at the end of the 14/15 season with a view to taking over under VĂ­tor Pereira, but we lost heavily in the playoffs and the deal fell through. Almost 2 years later, after laterally lingering in 5th place in the Qatari league the dynamic Portuguese gaffer is in the Ibrox hot seat. I must say, his attitude is very exciting and I think in the long run he will be a refreshing change to the stale Warburton’s loaf that sat in the dugout earlier this season.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

What does the Rangers future hold for one of our own?


If one Rangers player has divided opinion among fans over the past year or so, it is Andy Halliday. Widely loved in the beginning due to his obvious love for the Club, Halliday inspired the phrase ‘One of Our Own’ to describe a fellow fan breaking into the Club he loves and becoming a major player.

However, as time has gone on, Halliday has come under a little more scrutiny, probably not ironically helped by his support for Rangers. The more off days the midfield anchor would have, the more outrage it would spawn, with constant accusations that he gets off lightly with poor displays. Because he is ‘one of us’.

Monday, 27 March 2017

With these stats, does this Rangers star have a future at Ibrox?

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

Rangers were delighted to announce last August that 28-year-old, Preston North End striker Joe Garner had finally joined the Teddy Bears on a three-year-deal after being head-hunted as the man to score goals and help us to challenge for the league title.

The Blackburn-born 6’ 1” (1.85m) forward was thrilled to try a different phase in his career, by trying life out in Scotland with a giant club like the ‘Gers who have such a grand history to their name.

Garner was Mark Warburton’s most expensive signing for a reputed £1.8m and was so proud to be presented to a full Ibrox crowd at half-time of the 2-1 win over Motherwell.

Warburton thought he was signing a fox in the box type and a livewire who will run in behind defences, and who was exceptionally good in the air while getting stuck in. Well he does get his retaliation in first (!)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Warburton/Rangers saga takes new twist


The Mark Warburton/Rangers board feud has taken another twist tonight with the revelation that contrary to their accusations that Rangers ignored LMA & their requests for clarification, they themselves have ignored requests too.

When Warburton left Ibrox in igniminous circumstances, a key defence the LMA put up on his behalf was the assertion Rangers were not responding to their requests for clarification:

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Bread men - the final insult


I thought long and hard about this entry. I have rarely spent such a spell deciding whether or not to proceed with an article on this site, but this one was a source of much conflict.

On one hand there was the school of thought that we should let sleeping dogs lie, move on with our lives and stop living in the acrimonious past. But on the other was the simple inescapable truth of what happened, and how it deserved a final summation given what a huge deal it was and still is to the modern and classic history of Rangers Football Club.

This site was probably the only one willing to actually criticise the Bread Man. For some unknown reason we could not fathom, a great majority of Rangers fans considered him the Messiah and transcended him above criticism, literally until the final two months of his time at Ibrox.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Is Pedro Caixinha the right man for Rangers?


On the face of it it is an astonishingly left-field appointment. While not confirmed yet, unless something wildly unpredictable happens, Pedro Caixinha (‘Cash-sheen-ah’) will be the new Rangers head coach under a Director of Football, at this time looking like being newly-available Paul Mitchell.

I will not lie, like 99% of you readers we had never even heard of Caixinha before we learned of Rangers’ interest in him and brought it to you here, and what little we have gleaned of the man so far really fails to truly shed a great deal of light on what style he will bring to Ibrox.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Could this 20-year old defender be one for Rangers' future?

Article by: Richard Fillingham
 
I would like to highlight a situation that happened before the Rangers U20’s 1-0 win over Kilmarnock. The match was played at Murray Park, (or is it still called The Rangers Football Centre these days) on Tuesday 28 February, and our last signing, 6’ 4” centre half David Bates was placed on the bench as a substitute and seemingly deemed not good enough to start the U20’s game. Two subs were brought on (Abaradan 45’ + Atayaki 65’), before David was brought on late in the game and scored Rangers’ only goal.

Rangers U20’s team: Alnwick, Bradley, Beerman, Ashmore, Ross McCrorie, Wilson, Burt, Barjonas, Gibson (Atayaki 65’), Windass (Abaradan 45’), Lyon

Monday, 27 February 2017

Manager search; Rangers' future depends on it


Pretty clearly fans are getting restless. Rangers have gone ‘too’ long without a manager, and it is evident that the longer it remains the case, the more the Club will suffer. Supporters are frustrated understandably with the sheer amount of speculation, rumours, counter-rumours, claims, counter-quotes…

In the past 24 hours Barry Ferguson became assistant coach and U20s chief before being removed from consideration altogether, while Ross Wilson was appointed Director of Football before Rangers ever even made contact with him. If they ever even did.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Rangers' search for a manager reaches Blue Alert


When Rangers beat Celtic then won promotion in April last season, the future looked bright, assured, and the direction of the Club finally appeared to be going towards success rather than mediocrity. It seemed we had a progressive, forward-thinking manager who had a full summer to iron out the defensive chinks in his armour while signing the right players to shuffle his troops efficiently into the top flight of Scottish football.

Unfortunately, as it turns out, winning promotion on April 23rd was literally the last good thing to happen to Rangers and the performances, results, and general press since that explicit day has been mostly extremely negative. It was even negative the fixture earlier when Rangers were taken apart at Easter Road again in a result most fans dismissed out of hand. Unfortunately that day in Edinburgh was a depressing prophecy of what was to come, and Rangers have toiled miserably now for the best part of a year to produce anything like what we expect of a Rangers team.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Are these three men Rangers' worst-ever managers?

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

In my honest opinion, Ally McCoist, Paul Le Guen and Mark Warburton are the three biggest failures that Rangers have ever had in management. If I have missed anyone as inept as those, please correct me.

Ally McCoist failed miserably to take us from the Championship into the SPL because, he signed too many poor players that couldn’t beat average teams – does it sound familiar to Warburton?

He was reputed to earn £860,000 a season by the old board for winning Scottish football’s two lowest divisions – an absolute disgrace! He also took the team to Trump Turnberry on the Friday night on their way to play Stranraer on a Saturday – at what cost to Rangers who were short of money? Idiotic!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Glad to see the back of the Three Stooges

Article by: Richard Fillingham
 
Last Friday, Rangers announced the accepted resignations of Warburton, Weir and McParland and it made me very happy. I was convinced that they had a wonderful opportunity to do great things at Ibrox, but ended up making a complete pig’s ear of the job.

Rangers tried to go in a different direction with Warburton and co, to see if it could work, and his job was to come in and try to restructure the club from the youth level right up to the first team. He insisted on playing an attacking style throughout the system and in his first year in the Championship it was hard to criticise him, apart from the Scottish Cup Final defeat against Hibernian and also in the away losses to both Falkirk and Hibernian.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Rangers' board didn't trust Mark Warburton - here's why...


Rangers’ Managing Director Stewart Robertson said this week:

“Whoever comes in (as new manager) is going to get the backing, the financial resources. If we can get the right guy, give him the right conditions, the right working conditions and back him with the resources which will be there, there will be resources to back the manager coming in in terms of strengthening the squad. Hopefully next season there will be European football and we will need to strengthen the squad for that.”

To sum this statement up; Rangers do have money, if not a fortune, but the board were unwilling to give any more to Mark Warburton after the utter disaster that was last summer’s transfer window.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Will Alex McLeish be a success at Ibrox?


The potential appointment of Alex McLeish has thrown up some debate among Rangers fans, with a significant portion expressing major reservations that he is the right man to bring the Ibrox side out of their current malaise back into something resembling the proper SPL Rangers we expect them to be.

Indeed, in yesterday’s piece, the argument was made that overnight success as a result of his appointment is extremely unlikely, and as such the man deserves a little leeway, itself a rare commodity with Rangers supporters.

But why will McLeish be successful this time, in a wildly different Rangers climate to that of nearly two decades ago (count ‘em), especially in light of the near-certain absence of financial backing that would assist his endeavours a great deal?

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Warburton fallout: the evidence was there...


With many fans still in absolute shock over the backstabbing apparently committed by the terrible trio of Warburton, Weir and McParland, it is worth a little hindsight and exploration of precedent to investigate whether the events of the past 24 hours were actually as stunning as they seemed.

The first thing we must always remember is the ignominious nature of Warburton’s departure at Brentford. The Griffin Park side released a cryptic statement which hinted at a difference of opinion between the hierarchy and management:

What does it take to be Rangers manager?

Article written by: Richard Fillingham

One of the things a Rangers manager has to be is a magician. Not by juggling plates in the air, but by spotting players under his jurisdiction, in the first team, the U-20’s, U-18’s and youth players and knowing the ones who have earned and deserve a regular starting place in the team.

Obviously some players lose a bit of form and need to be dropped an odd time, but in general, to keep the best players in the first team pool.

The secret for the next Rangers manager is to make them much more competitive by spending whatever budget he is given and using the money wisely to buy the very best signings that the financial agreement and wage bill will allow.

How Mark Warburton destroyed his legacy


It takes cajones to be manager of Rangers, and while the majority of those the Club has had have carried themselves with honour and distinction, even the Great John Greig struggled with a pretty good squad (he had Cooper and DJ, to name just two). It is an incredibly demanding, suffocating job which takes something quite special to excel at; recent examples of success in the role include Alex McLeish, Dick Advocaat and obviously Uncle Walter.

PLG and Mark Warburton simply were not up to the task, and neither of them understood the gravity of this amazing Club, and the true requirements of being the captain of one of the toughest ships in football.