Showing posts with label Matt Crooks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matt Crooks. Show all posts

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

One return and one out - change at Ibrox

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

The return of Danny Wilson could not come quickly enough. While not quite a Cuellar, the lad nevertheless has been one of Rangers’ better performers the past couple of seasons and got a lot of unfair maligning in the days when he paired with Rob Kiernan.

While today’s disappointing friendly loss to St Johnstone certainly does not bode especially well for Saturday’s visit of that wee French lot, one silver lining is Wilson’s return. It is worth noting St Johnstone’s winner did not materialise till he left the field, and if Rangers are to have any chance of keeping the back door shut more often than not this season, the likes of Wilson, Alves and Cardoso really must hit the ground running.

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.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Trail goes cold on Rangers target while League 1 interest gets set to leave

Article by: Ibrox Noise

It has emerged in the past 24 hours that while Northampton Town’s bid for midfielder Matt Crooks has been reportedly accepted, any lingering hopes of securing Hearts wingers Jamie Walker have been reduced to nearly nil.

The midfield enforcer signed from Accrington along with fellow Warburton recruit Josh Windass simply never got anything like a chance at Ibrox, for whatever reason, and was farmed out on loan to Scunthorpe as soon as possible.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Manic Monday at Ibrox - roundup

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

This one will probably go down as Manic Monday. In terms of activity at Ibrox, Monday the 26th of June has seen an unprecedented amount of news come out of the club in terms of one day and player changes.

Let us try to summarise the main talking points in one easy-to-digest chunk!

Imminent seven player Ibrox exodus on cards

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Rangers are set to shift seven players with the breaking news that six have been excluded from the Europa League squad while a seventh is a definite target for Mark Warburton’s Nottingham.

Joe Dodoo, Michael O’Halloran, Andy Halliday, Rob Kiernan, Harry Forrester and Matt Crooks have all been excluded from the squad to face Progres Niederkorn, while James Tavernier has confirmed he is considering a move to Nottingham Forest after an initial bid from manager Mark Warburton was rejected. He is expected to increase his submission to a seven-figure sum this week.

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, 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.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Where on earth is Matt Crooks?

If one thing was sure last season, beyond the lack of a reliable defence, it was the lack of a reliable defensive midfielder.

Indeed, one of Mark Warburton’s first acts as Rangers manager was to dispense of the services of the only dedicated DM Rangers had in young Andrew Murdoch, and slot Andy Halliday in that position, something many fans protested about.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The forgotten few

On Sunday Rangers elected to start only four of the summer recruits, a number itself second only to the corresponding league fixture's record which preceded it, when five of the new recruits took to the field that day in Glasgow’s East End.

At Hampden Rangers overlooked eight of the chosen signings acquired during the summer influx for various reasons such as injury, banning, or out of favour.

12 signings came in during this period, including the dream midfield Rangers fans were genuinely excited about in Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter and Niko Kranjcar, with Accrington’s Matt Crooks also arriving at the Marble Staircase. Once again, for whatever reason, these players were absent or benched for Sunday’s clash.

Completely missing from the match day squad, Harry Forrester posted a cryptic snap to Instagram highlighting a train trip – was the creative midfielder (secured in January) trying to say something?

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.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Rangers ready to welcome new addition to the squad

Mark Warburton has confirmed that utility midfielder/defender Matt Crooks is finally ready to make his debut for Rangers, nine months after the former Accrington man was ruled out of the game long term following a knee injury.

The 22-year old has yet to kick a ball in anger for Rangers’ senior team, but reportedly impressed in displays for Head of Development Graeme Murty’s youth teams with some composed displays in defence, and has now finally achieved full match fitness in readiness to make his long-awaited maiden bow.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Why Rangers fans can't take much more of Kiernan & Wilson

Rangers fans have been debating over the defence for as long as we can remember. Under Ally McCoist post-admin, complaints about Ross Perry, Darren Cole and Emilson Cribari were common-fold, before they became about Lee McCulloch and Bilel Mohsni.

Now those defensive demons are back again with the threadbare selection being currently between Clint Hill, Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan, none of whom have filled the support with much confidence apart from fleeting glimpses now and again.

While Matt Crooks returns from fitness (by all accounts he had a decent night for the unders v St Mirren slotting in at central defence) he remains a non-option, but he could be a possibility a number of weeks down the line as he regains match fitness.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Rangers missing three defenders for Saturday?

Rangers’ preparations for the season-opening clash with Hamilton at Ibrox have been rocked by the emerging revelation that three defenders could be missing for the visit of Martin Canning’s men.

Danny Wilson, Clint Hill and Matt Crooks will all reportedly be unavailable through suspension, injury and long term injury recovery respectively, limiting manager Mark Warburton’s selection options considerably.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

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, 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.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

"Ask not what Rangers can do for you; ask what you can do for Rangers"

 Richard Fillingham

I don’t know about you – but I want to know what you really think about a giant club, the size and stature of Rangers, being dragged down to such a low financial state, that we cannot afford to pay any real transfer fee for any player still attached to a club. What a catastrophic position to be in when your team is attempting to win a league title, when other teams have had years experience of competing at a higher standard of players.

Rangers have been reduced to scrounging around, looking for the best free transfer players currently on the market, that are available to sign right away. This will enable us to bed them in for the start of the new Premiership season, after a four-year sabbatical, forced on us by the SPL clubs in 2012. We can use their services to play for our world record breaking team, without having to pay a transfer fee for any of them. In fairness, we have picked the best of them, to the great credit of our management team getting the homework right, and with their experience and perseverance paying off.

David Weir formally clarifies Rangers' defensive scenario

Rangers’ assistant manager David Weir has formally clarified the defensive situation at Ibrox, confirming that the current squad may be considered sufficient for next season if no further deals are finalised.

With American international Oguchi Onyewu trialling with Mark Warburton’s men during their US camp at Charleston Battery, and word going very quiet on the prospects of Jamaican stopper Adrian Mariappa, Weir took the chance to clear up exactly what Rangers are looking for.

He said:

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Profiling Rangers' new-look squad - how it's shaping up

 Richard Fillingham

I think that every Rangers fan would have been extremely happy with 90% of the exciting, attacking football that was served up to us throughout last season. There were a few disappointing results and full credit to some of our opposition for scoring some very good strikes against us. Goals scored against us were mainly due to quick breakaways, plus corner kicks and free kicks. These were our weaknesses in defence and they turned out to be of major concern to Rangers overall.

The squad is starting to take place for the opening of the new 2016-17 season and hopefully a tall centre-back (no less than 6’ 3” please) & a proper tried and tested striker are still to be added.

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.