Showing posts with label Martyn Waghorn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Martyn Waghorn. 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.” 14/03/17

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

The imbalances at Ibrox

These are, at best, uncertain times at Ibrox. The last entry illustrated how Rangers' form is currently rather fiddly, and the undercurrent of implication there is essentially 'untrustworthy'. We cannot trust Mark Warburton's Rangers to put together a convincing package which resembles what we expect from Our Rangers.

All season long we have been mostly troubled (and fleetingly pleased) by the performances on offer and for every high of a brilliant win over a fine Aberdeen side there has been an accompanying low when Ross County nicked a point, Hamilton stole a draw, or Celtic walked away with a win.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Has Mark Warburton rediscovered his Magic Hat?

Friday 11th March. Seems a long time ago, and the truth is that it is. For deep in Spring on that date was the last time Rangers managed three consecutive league wins in a row. Back then the illustrious opposition was Morton, Raith and St Mirren; it was here Rangers’ imperious form of last season just began to stutter, and it has taken nearly 10 months for Warburton to manage three league wins in a row again.

Only the difference is the calibre of opponent this time was far greater; Aberdeen, Hearts and Hamilton.

Last night’s victory in the newly-name SuperSeal Stadium (New Douglas Park to you and I) really did send out the biggest message Warbs’ regime has in a long time; while the play was not pretty for all 90 minutes of events at Martin Cannings’ patch, if ever all dimensions of competence were on display, last night would be it.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Warbs, Waggy and more...

 Article by Richard Fillingham

My colleague and boss, Ed (supreme editor) and my mentor of the ever popular, has, like me, been a huge admirer of Mark Warburton in the past.
But now we are both starting to ask questions of him regarding his incessant attacking formations and his inability to change during games that are going against us despite his success with Brentford.

Let me use Martyn Waghorn as the perfect example to compare footballing achievements north and south of the border.

Rangers, Celtic, and the true gulfs in the SPFL

In a report published by the Sporting Intelligence Global Sports Salaries Survey, Rangers’ poor season has been compounded by the numbers released regarding player salaries.

With players’ wages an issue of some contention, the commission have produced a global wage report detailing clubs around the world, and Rangers’ troubles have rarely been laid quite so bare as by these brutal numbers.

Celtic, naturally, have the highest wage payout, with an annual average salary output of just over £700,000 per player, and Rangers predictably lag behind somewhat at just over £300,000; nothing unexpected there. But it is the gulf between Rangers and the rest of the Premiership which highlights just how underperforming Rangers currently are on the pitch, with Aberdeen miles behind in third at just over a fairly light £100,000 a year.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The January window; who stays and who goes?

Despite famously discussing the difficulty of the January transfer window, there is no denying Mark Warburton is going to be busy this upcoming incarnation. Looking back to last winter’s, and Rangers worked exceptionally hard to bring in both St Johnstone’s Michael O’Halloran and Doncaster’s Harry Forrester, as well as letting the disappointing Nathan Oduwa return to Tottenham.

Hence with Rangers’ exceptionally inconsistent at best start to life back in the Premiership, IbroxNoise thought it a worthwhile moment to look ahead to next year and see who of the current squad is most vulnerable to departure come the new calendar.

Monday, 14 November 2016

The future of Martyn Waghorn

If there were a number of success stories last season, Martyn Waghorn’s 28 goals in the Scottish Championship for his maiden season in the SPFL would have been one of them. His performances were hard-working and for the team, his strength undeniable, and his goals tally extremely impressive.

He became an absolute mainstay of the team, a total fan favourite and to quote Jose Mourinho, an ‘invincible’.

Come rain or shine a full strength Rangers XI always featured him on the team sheet. And when this season started in earnest in the league cup, his flurry of goal activity suggested he would restore that form in Scotland’s top flight.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Warbs and Waggy bust up?

More rumours of discontent from the Rangers camp have surfaced this morning with claims manager Mark Warburton and star striker Martyn Waghorn have had a falling out leading to heightened speculation of the former Leicester striker’s departure, with Bristol City continuing to be linked.

Warburton and Rangers do not have their problems to seek, with dreadful form on the pitch, the Joey Barton debacle off it and now these claims that the powerhouse forward and Rangers’ boss have had a spat; Waghorn has lost his place in the side recently, and that will not have aided relations with his manager.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Who starts up front?

 Article by Greg Roots

After completing the £1.5m signing of Preston North End striker Joe Garner, Mark Warburton now has four players who can play centre forward at his disposal.

The latest signing, who joins Miller, Dodoo and Waghorn up front at Ibrox, will be expected to feature regularly due to the size of his price tag, but there is growing opinion that he may not be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Rangers linked to Newcastle striker

Rangers have tonight been linked with Newcastle United’s Adam Armstrong.

The 19-year old striker, who spent last season out on loan at Coventry, managed a very impressive 20 goals in 40 appearances for the Sky Blues in League One, and Rangers’ interest in him is said to be on a loan basis.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Ragged Rangers back to earth with a bump

Back to the Promised Land, hopes had been so high among Rangers fans that the visit of expected SPL bottom feeders Hamilton Academicals would see a comfortable home win for Rangers’ first match in the Premiership for four years.

Indeed, Rangers, Wilson, Crooks, and Windass aside had a full squad fit and available, while their guests languished with ten first-team absences.

It all had the makings of a pretty smooth return to the top flight and a morale-boosting score.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Rangers defender agrees contract extension

According to Sky Sources, Rangers’ flying right back James Tavernier has signed an extension to his deal, taking him beyond 2018 at Ibrox.

The full back, 24, has been a source of tabloid speculation regarding his future, ever since news broke from various outlets that he and team mate Martyn Waghorn had rejected offers eight weeks ago to extend their deals, with claims they were unhappy with the terms.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Rangers complete signing of Ghanian striker

 Article by Greg Roots

Rangers have completed the signing of Leicester City youth striker Joe Dodoo, it has been revealed to Ibroxnoise sources.

The forward, out of contract at the King Power Stadium, was offered an extension to remain with Claudio Ranieri’s men, but has opted instead to join Mark Warburton and Rangers after impressing in training.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Rangers star confirms contract talks 'ongoing'

Martyn Waghorn, subject to recent transfer speculation in light of tabloid claims about his future at Ibrox has spoken to Sky Sports’ Jim While and confirmed he is ‘very happy’ in Govan and contract negotiations are ‘ongoing’.

The former Wigan and Leicester striker made headlines recently when outlets claimed he had rejected a new contract along with his team mate James Tavernier; the duo’s futures were immediately put into doubt by various media sources and many touted them for a move out in light of them apparently ‘not being happy’ at Ibrox.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Were Tav & Waggy right to reject deals?

When claims broke yesterday that Rangers stars Martyn Waghorn and James Tavernier had rejected new contracts, reaction was initially of shock and disbelief.

Many fans were aghast with disappointment that the pair had turned Rangers down, while others pleaded with the players that it not be true.

But the story has gathered momentum, and a lack of official denial suggests it may indeed have legs. It does indeed seem, that over a month ago, the two players did reject new terms offered to them by the club, and as such there are a number of angles and aspects to this we must examine before coming to any sort of emotive conclusion about it.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Are Rangers ready to splash the cash on a striker?

 Richard Fillingham

Martyn Waghorn has never been a major scoring success at any other club except Rangers - for the following reason. The 5’ 10” Englishman is NOT a prolific top class striker. He scored goals last season playing for Rangers, in a superb attacking team that continued to create many wonderful
opportunities for him to score.

We still have the services of our 36-year-old experienced striker Kenny Miller at our disposal for next season. He quite rightly earned another one-year contract with the club, due to his exploits in the team, coupled with his outstanding performances of playing exceptionally well in 43 appearances and scoring a very decent total of 21 goals into the bargain.   

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Rangers' fan poll: Martyn Waghorn and the Scottish Cup Final

Richard Fillingham

On Saturday 21st of May at Hampden Park we have the chance to win a glorious treble for the first time in years. Obviously it is a different treble than the one we got used to in the golden years of Rangers’ continued successes.

The new treble is the Championship League, the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) Challenge Cup or “Petrofac Cup”, which we have already won of course and, now, it is hopefully our time to win the Scottish Cup again against Hibernian. Even if we win the forthcoming Hampden final, it is a treble we will NEVER want to ever win again.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Why Waggy is a stick-on for the Premiership

 By Richard Fillingham

Martyn Waghorn, from South Shields, in the north east of England, was one of Mark Warburton and David Weir’s first signings for Rangers. It’s been reported that they managed to obtain his services for as little as £200,000 from Wigan, and it has turned out to be an amazing piece of business for the club and also the player, who is adored by the fans. He is usually played as a striker and is a former England U21 Internationalist who played in 5 of their games and managed to score twice.

He is a genuinely talented, versatile player who can play anywhere upfront or in midfield.
Waghorn had been with Sunderland since the age of eight and made his first-team debut against Manchester United in December 2007, when he was still only 17 years old.  The player, usually used as striker, was picked to play in left midfield and after the game manager Roy Keane heaped praise on the youngster, predicting that he would have a “long and successful career".

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Analysis: where Rangers need strengthened

Warburton has some thinking to do.

Scottish Cup Final result notwithstanding, Rangers desperately need new blood in the team.

This season’s squad has arguably achieved beyond its weight and clearly exceeded expectations, as admitted by manager Mark Warburton; but to ensure we keep progression at a steady rate, improvements in some key areas remain absolutely vital in order to launch a credible assault on the Premiership next season.

Let us take a look at the areas which simply ache for supplements:

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Who does Warbs replace Forrester with?

Mark Warburton knew well in advance of this semi final that wingers Michael O’Halloran and Billy King (on loan from Hearts) were cup-tied. However, following the Petrofac victory over Peterhead, the Magic Hat has also been denied the services of his in-form attacker Harry Forrester, a player who is equally adept in the space behind the strikers, midfield, or on the wing.

His goals have also catapulted him into the limelight recently, and with the hairline fracture he sustained last Sunday, his absence is a big hole. Rangers were already reeling with the long-term loss of striker Martyn Waghorn, but had managed to accommodate that regardless.