Showing posts with label Martyn Waghorn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Martyn Waghorn. Show all posts

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Why are our 'losers' their 'winners'?


While a previous entry alluded to the players in question simply not having the heart or mental capacity to withstand the pressure which comes from being a Ranger, and while Chris Sutton’s joke tweet about Harry Forrester is as much a dig at us as usual by Mutton as it is anything else, unfortunately there really is a bit of a growing issue with Rangers’ attacking departures.

When it began with Joe Garner and Barrie McKay both scoring on their debuts, it was just a curious oddity, but for it to have persisted in both their cases plus continued on with the likes of Martyn Waghorn and Michael O’Halloran (whose form for St Johnstone has led to Scotland calls) truly starts to beg the question of why all these guys failed to hit the heights at Ibrox, yet are managing to do so at similar levels (if not higher) of football (if not club) since their exits.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Why THIS shows how only the special can cope at Ibrox


Joe Garner, scored the winner on his debut for Ipswich Town.

Barrie McKay, scored the winner on his debut for Nottingham Forest.

Michael O’Halloran, scored the winner on his second debut for St Johnstone.

Martyn Waghorn, scored the winner on his debut for Ipswich Town.

Michael O’Halloran, scored a double against Motherwell in their second league outing.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Caixinha confirms intentions over further signings

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has confirmed his intention and hopes to reinvest the funds received for Martyn Waghorn back into the squad, citing there was still ‘time’ before the transfer window closes.

Naturally this raises serious implication that Rangers’ boss is still looking heavily at both Jamie Walker and Kenny McLean, and with the reported £1M received for Waghorn, that cash could easily help seal both deals.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Championship giants complete double swoop for Rangers pair


 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Rangers have reportedly agreed a fee with English Championship side Ipswich for surplus striker Martyn Waghorn. According to various media outlets the 27-year old, who simply never adjusted to life in the SPL, is only a medical and signature away from returning home to England, continuing manager Pedro Caixinha’s summer overhaul.

The former Leicester man had a decent season in the Championship for Rangers, but could not adjust to the expectation of the SPL and became expendable the more the season wore on.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Rangers' Progres - what we learned last night...

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

For those underneath a rock, Rangers made their long-awaited return to Europe last night, in a match under the glare of the spotlight. Much was made leading up to the encounter about how Rangers would and should stroll this match, with scorelines expected in the region of five or more.

Pre-match, Rangers’ ex midfielder engine man Alex Rae concurred with this and declared a comfortable night for the Ibrox men, and a glut of goals.

But as we know, life is not that simple, not that binary, and an odd evening in Glasgow’s south side taught us a bunch of things about our team – some we patently already knew, others fresh to us. Here is your Ibrox Noise guide to the good, the bad and the indifferent.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Is Pedro hinting these three out of favour stars have futures at Ibrox?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

With yesterday’s news of the significant omissions from the Europa League squad, and the extensive implications for the likes of (reportedly leaving) Andy Halliday and Joe Dodoo who have been excluded from the submitted list, most fans have been processing the likely departures as a result of these absences.

However, a further nugget of curiosity has to be the three supposedly out-of-favour and surplus players who are most definitely included in the squad, and who may have received something of a reprieve as a result.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Two clubs: four players - Rangers linked with ditching more dead wood; report

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

As Rangers fans know, Pedro Caixinha has been desperately hard at work bringing in new recruits and trying to shed as much of the dead wood as possible.

Already we have seen the departures of Clint Hill, Philippe Senderos, Jon Toral, Emerson Hyndman and Joe Garner, while Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso, Ryan Jack, Daniel Candeias, Dalcio, and Alfredo Morelos have come the other way and arrived at the Marble Staircase; but the work is far from over.

With Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera mooted for a switch over the next 24 hours, two English sides have been heavily linked with two players respectively, meaning Rangers could possibly hope to shift four players in one reasonably fell swoop.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Is Rangers' new signing the final nail in the coffin for misfiring misfit?

Article by: Ibrox Noise

When Rangers fans look at Alfredo Morelos’ CV, it makes for impressive reading, certainly at club level. While yet to net for his country (he has only made a handful of appearances) at youth level, at club level it is a different story.

At the tender age of 20, he has managed a well over one in two rate at a respectable level in the Finnish Veikkausliiga. La Liga it is not, but the EPL the Scottish Premiership is not either, and one could argue it was a fine level for a young striker to develop at, without the intense pressure a more marquee league would enforce.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

End of the road for these two Rangers failures


We learned a lot about Rangers’ squad and management today at Ibrox, arguably even more than in any previous match this season. Many fans would point to the Old Firm debacles as the barometers against which Rangers should be judged, and that is absolutely spot on, but today a unique set of circumstances transpired to give a new and valuable angle from which to measure this climate at Ibrox, and it does not make for impressive viewing.

However, two players stood out head and shoulders of ineptitude above the rest (Jason Holt also had a stinker but he has been pretty good by and large the past couple of months so we will cut him the slack), with respective performances of absolute mince and if Rangers are to move forwards and upwards from here on in, neither can play another minute in the Light Blue shirt.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

When 'enough' is truly enough


During the Dark Days of 2012-2015, Rangers fans grasped perspective when we found ourselves in a very very grim place. Our Club had been on the brink, so we were simply happy to still have a Club, and that was a relevant reassurance during individually troubling times of this period.

Back then, Rangers fans had light at the end of the tunnel, with the knowledge that surely before long we would be back in the SPL where we belong, so even when things off the pitch were concerning and causing mass fan division and in-fighting, we knew one day soon we would be among the big boys again, challenging for the SPL title.

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

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 IbroxNoise.co.uk, 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.