Showing posts with label Motherwell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Motherwell. Show all posts

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

January double deal - Rangers linked with clinching SPL duo


With the embers of the Jamie Walker saga still very much remaining alight, speculation has grown in the media amidst reports that on top of clinching the Hearts’ winger’s signature in January on a pre-contract, Rangers intend to secure Motherwell’s Louis Moult too.

The Steelmen’s star striker rejected a contract extension just like his potential future team mate did, and like Walker Rangers have been long-linked with his services, with a number of national publications recently claiming Steve Robinson’s marquee player will be similarly signing a pre-contract deal this coming winter for the switch to Ibrox next summer.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Rangers rampant - talking points v the Pars

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

There were definitely signs against Motherwell that Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers were on the right track. While the overall performance was not quite magical, there were hints of a combination of good football and the will to win – the match could well have been a loss, but the fact that it was an away win bode well for the direction Rangers were going in.

Indeed, the trio of pre-season friendlies had given us a huge boost too – perhaps a slightly artificial one in light of their being friendlies, but nevertheless two wins and a draw against three very good teams was great for morale and showed Caixinha’s vision might be coming together.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Five things we learned about Rangers at Fir Park

Article by: Greg Roots

Many things were learned today during the 90 minutes at Fir Park which saw us kick off the new season with a highly deserved 2-1 victory over Motherwell. The majority are highly positive, but the display also highlight certain deficiencies which remain in place.

Firstly, Graham Dorrans scored twice on his debut and pretty much ran the show. A couple of nice flicks in tricks in the middle of the park helped to highlight the quality of this capture from Norwich, but it was his neat finish and highly composed penalty which shows his true value to the squad.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Motherwell v Rangers; Pedro's Predicted XI

Article by: Ibrox Noise



So the season’s massive opener is upon us – the schizophrenic pre-season is now officially at its end and Rangers travel to Motherwell this weekend to open the competitive action in earnest.

Going by the feedback to a previous entry, fans are insistent it is a must-win match already, something Ibrox Noise shares entirely.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Is Sunday's opener at Fir Park "must win"?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Bears of a certain vintage will know that even the worst starts have been overcome in a season and the side prevailed victoriously.

89/90 started woefully. St Mirren came to Ibrox and won, decking Chris Woods out for a month in the process, before Rangers got equally gubbed at Andy Goram’s Hibs a week later. Indeed, Celtic were top after match two, and Rangers were rock bottom.

It was not until the first Old Firm clash of the season at Celtic Park that Rangers finally stuttered into life with a world class bullet header from Terry Butcher which earned the travelling support a point.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Latest transfer news; two in, one out at Ibrox?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

As regulars to Ibrox Noise will know, we have covered the Jamie Walker saga with a keen eye – with Hearts in disarray, Ian Cathro close to being fired and the Gorgie side out of the League Cup before August even starts, the 24-year old winger will not be held back from a move out now, if all is pure and holy.

Indeed, speculation is growing that Hearts have principally accepted a bid of around £700k plus addons, growing to over £1M based on the usual provisos, so it does seem just a matter of time before the flanker is a Ranger.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Data, stats and the new 2017/18 football season




It’s almost here. Not long now until the new football season and the start of Rangers’ 2017/18 campaign with the first match away of course to Motherwell on August 5 and then the first home game against Hibernian a week later on August 12. Ibrox Stadium will soon once again feel the noise…

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Rangers set to miss out on SPL pair; report


Rangers are looking increasingly likely to miss out on Motherwell duo Louis Moult and Ben Henaghan, according to reports.

Speculation had been rife in recent weeks that the Steelmen pair were set to arrive at Ibrox, especially Moult, but as time has worn on it seems Rangers have been priced out of a deal as a result of Motherwell’s demands.

Monday, 1 August 2016

League Cup - what second rate amateur cobbled together this third rate format?!

 Article by Richard Fillingham

At last, Rangers received a proper pre-season friendly game, which turned out to be a very disappointing, but highly competitive 1– 3 defeat against newly-promoted English Premier League side Burnley, who were far too well organised in defence, and much too strong in attack for us at this stage of our pre-season matches. It comes just seven days before we welcome Hamilton Accies to Ibrox for our long-awaited return to the Premiership, on 6 August at home, and the game will be televised on Sky Sports with a 12.30pm kick off.

The new League Cup concept was a huge flop for Rangers, playing four games in a downright brainless nine-day period. Which second rate decision maker put this third rate new format together? Mark Warburton was very scathing about the way everything was planned out and immediately it was revealed what was in store for his Ibrox side. He knew his club could do nothing to change it, as the decision was made and Rangers just had to get on with this ludicrous arrangement. Hopefully the powers at Hampden will see clearly that their ill-thought-out set-up MUST be changed before the start of next year.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

What did victory at Fir Park mean?


Before Saturday’s match, I described it as revenge. Many other fans agreed, albeit some called it more of a general ‘marker’, a benchmark to show how far Rangers had come compared with 14 months ago. That too was entirely valid.

While the defence’s failings in the match have been examined time and time again, from middle to front, at least, Rangers look the absolute real deal.

It may have taken a while for the visitors to take the lead at Fir Park, but the abundance of possession before pure dominance and obvious superiority took hold gave more than a suggestion that Warburton’s men were on the right path, but as we go into tonight’s cup match with lowly Annan, just how much did winning at Motherwell teach us about where this Rangers are?

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Why Rangers need revenge at Fir Park


In the lead up to Rangers’ first competitive match of the new season, a small yet significant debate about the ramifications of the trip to Fir Park has been doing the rounds among the fanbase in recent times.

That is, the last time Rangers travelled to Motherwell, the match was, in every sense, a complete disaster. From Stuart McCall’s men’s performance, to Cammy Bell’s humiliating flap, to the assault on Lee McCulloch, to the home pitch invasion, to Bilel Mohsni being strung out to dry for defending himself against Lee Erwin; everything about this match was wrong, and it summed up the dark place Rangers were in at the time.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Motherwell v Rangers - the serious action begins...

 Article by Richard Fillingham

Motherwell is Rangers’ next game up, and we have only played one friendly game in the US against a very run-of-the-mill team called Charleston Battery, (who were indeed charged up for the game, but eventually run out of energy), see what I did there?

I watched the game live on Rangers TV, and it was nothing more than a kind of training session, with a little bit of purpose to it. I would say that the game was not a waste of time, but it certainly had no edge to it, as both sets of players treated it too friendly. Which is fair enough, as nobody wanted any injuries, and the hospitality shown to Rangers in Charleston was fantastic, and very much appreciated, by everybody involved.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Premiership fixtures; karma is back, but is the Blue Pound?

Written by Greg Roots

Yesterday’s SPFL Premiership fixture release for the upcoming 2016/17 season was one of excitement for us Rangers fans as we can truly put the last 4 years of lower league football behind us. The more competitive, and dare I say higher quality of football, environment will be a welcome sight. Not to mention the return of our beloved Old-firm derby on a regular basis.

However, despite this excitement and almost novelty feeling, it was hard for us not to divert our attention to the reactions of some of our country’s smaller clubs, which were, in my opinion, petty and embarrassing. Before the reactions are discussed, it is worth remembering that there are quotes from circa June 2012 which were along the lines of certain Scottish clubs wishing administration upon themselves rather than welcoming Rangers back in to the top flight instantly.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Jason Cummings: How Scottish football's double standards know no bounds


On the face of it, a lad on holiday dunking a fellow youth in a swimming pool would be a completely normal act to carry on overseas in sunny climes during one’s ‘vacation’.

Indeed, it is part of the fun of holidaying, the ‘banter’ young lads get up to, the kind of japes included as rites of passaging as one grows up.

Unless, of course, it is a Rangers fan involved.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Should Rangers forgive Scottish football?

 Richard Fillingham

Rangers are finally back to where they belong in the Premier League. We also have a Scottish Cup final against Hibernian to look forward to, and the fans are absolutely delighted with their management team, and now everyone seems to be very happy in the Rangers camp.

The main objective for the management team, scouts and their incoming players’ agents at this time of the season is to look through the hundreds of players that will become available this summer and decide which ones they can afford, and if they will eventually sign any of them if they prove to be very good value for money. I am looking forward with great delight to proving our quality in the Premier League, depending on our new signings performing next season of course.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Rangers v the SPL - in numbers

When trying to assess Rangers’ present squad’s chances next season in the SPL, the most useful data to take is previous results against opposition of that level.

Naturally this data is liable to a boatload of extraneous variables and none of it is absolute, but looking at the results since 2012 is probably the best way to actually measure how the team would stack up against that quality of opposition week in week out.

And having looked at the overall results, it is far from inspiring. Naturally the disclaimer is that fans would envisage further signings being made in the summer, to boost the team somewhat, but many supporters would have this present team fighting for a top four spot when the reality of results suggests such an achievement would be more than impressive.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

What Rangers learned from Killie


Today’s performance and 0-0 result are really rather hard to call. While a great number of fans have taken to social media to voice displeasure over the inability of Warburton’s Rangers to put Kilmarnock away, others have taken a slightly more philosophical stance on the display.

The facts are that Rangers completely dominated possession, even if use of the ball was often poor. They peppered Jamie MacDonald’s goal with plenty of shots, and it did take a few more than decent saves plus luck from the woodwork to keep the home side at bay.

And there is absolutely no denying Killie are a hopeless outfit, with clear evidence why they languish second bottom of the SPL.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The released eleven: where are they now?



Around a month and a half ago Rangers officially released eleven players deemed surplus to requirements.

Following the dismal loss over two legs to Motherwell, Rangers’ chiefs decided not to renew any of the contracts which terminated at the end of May, and the squad found itself eleven men lighter.

Ibroxnoise.co.uk decided to take a little light relief from the serious business of the transfer window by having a look at the subsequent fortunes of all eleven players with the question; ‘Where are they now?’

Sunday, 10 May 2015

The two masterstrokes by McCall which made Rangers beat Queens



It had always been the bogey ground. Only one victory had been secured over James Fowler’s well-drilled Queen of the South side this season, a side who sit in fourth place in the Championship.

That victory itself was an unconvincing 4-2 at Ibrox last year, and the other three results since then read one draw and two defeats, one goal scored.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Rangers v the hypocrisy of the SPFL

This is a quote which is already haunting Ralph Topping, SPFL chairman:

"Our rule book is not a pick and mix."

Despite the fact the SPFL did not punish Hibernian for failing to charge for last season’s playoffs, this season Rangers are being threatened if they follow suit.

The principle is simple; Rangers and Motherwell have publicly stated a desire not to charge existing season ticket holders for entry to the playoff matches, citing that they ‘fall under the league umbrella’. Which, of course, they do.