Showing posts with label Niko Kranjcar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Niko Kranjcar. Show all posts

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Rangers' injury streak continues - three out, one doubtful


Rangers’ sudden injury deluge has slightly worsened over the past 24 hours with the news Graham Dorrans is a slight fitness doubt (albeit will start) and Niko Kranjcar’s injury was more severe than first feared and he is definitely out tonight.

Rangers are already missing Jordan Rossiter (knee) and captain Lee Wallace (groin) for the League Cup trip to Firhill, and the loss of Kranjcar (knee) is certainly not ideal with regards options for the left.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Triple injury blow rocks Rangers


Rangers’ preparations for Saturday’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox have been rocked with the news that a number of players are set to miss the match with injury.

From last Thursday and a fully-fit squad, Pedro Caixinha’s plans have been disrupted with injuries to Lee Wallace, Jordan Rossiter and Niko Kranjcar.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

"Pedro's Problem - can he fix it?"


Almost every article on Ibrox Noise seems to open with a sentence containing “Jamie Walker” these days. Believe me, it is boring us writing it as it is you reading it. But notwithstanding the obvious farce over the whole tale, the repercussions of not securing his signature are rather significant.

Indeed, the repercussions for not getting in a proper left winger are the real problem, and now Rangers’ left wing, rather than being sorted by a three-month long summer window, is even more troubling than it was.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Can Rangers get the best out of this star player?


There is no denying Niko Kranjcar’s class. He has shown it time and time again in his career. His vision, accuracy, intelligence and all round flair have been exceptional assets to him and the teams he has plied his trade with.

Following Sunday’s performance at County though, questions are being legitimately being asked of him and his role, and just how we can get the best out of him.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Rangers to make final bid for summer target; reports


Recent reports have claimed Rangers are set to make a final bid for Hearts’ winger Jamie Walker, with the Gorgie side confirming today that Director of Football Craig Levein will continue as manager.

Whether Levein’s ‘new’ position will make any difference to their desire to retain the 24 year old winger is yet to be seen, but it had been posited some weeks ago that Rangers would be likely to secure their long-term target but not until the tail end of the month.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Rangers fans aren't best pleased with Niko Kranjcar


Rangers’ star playmaker Niko Kranjcar may just find himself in a few fans’ bad books after his recent comments about Old Firm matches.

For those of you who do not know, the Croatian attacking midfielder has asserted that it is ok for Rangers to lose all of the clashes with Celtic, as long as they win the title.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Rangers v Dunfermline preview


Niko Krancjar will return tonight giving Rangers a welcome option on the wings with the creative playmaker recovering from a bad knock.

The 32-year old Croat missed out on Sunday’s curtain-raiser at Fir Park and the League Cup is the perfect testing bed for him to return to, and hopefully he will be given significant minutes on the pitch.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Ten things we learned from Marseille

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Few would deny Rangers’ pre-season has not been entirely plain sailing. Some disappointing close-door results along with a painful exit from European competition has left the club and fans licking our wounds and trying to figure out where things were going wrong.

So when news broke that Rangers were to face French giants Marseille the collective sigh and ‘we’ll get gubbed’ rung around many with a feverish intensity, many it must be said, including Ibrox Noise.

We feared today, with unsettled players, a manager unsure of his best strategy. We need not have worried.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Part Two: Attacking the midfield - who gets the call?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Following on from yesterday’s analysis of the striking department at Ibrox, in the second part of our four-part series, we will today look at Rangers’ attacking midfield and the options it presents now for Pedro Caixinha going forward.

Obviously we cannot know for sure that the summer’s transfer window work is complete, with many many weeks still to go before the window closes, but nevertheless the sense is that the main core of work is now done, so Ibrox Noise takes you through the options we now have in the creativity department.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Can current Rangers star be compared with ex-Ibrox legend?

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

Robert Miller, a regular on the site, got us thinking about comparisons between current playmaker Niko KranjĨar and past legend Ronald de Boer.

His question raised definite parallels between the two – both beset by injuries and fitness issues, and both brilliantly creative and ‘quarterbacks’ for their Rangers teams.

Looking at Niko first, he is a 32-year-old, 6’ 1” Croatian (former?) internationalist who has gained at present a total of 81 caps playing for his country.

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, 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.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Double transfer boost as Rangers star pair confirm stay


Rangers have been handed a timely transfer boost with the news Barrie McKay and Niko Kranjcar both intend to continue on at the Club beyond the summer.

McKay and Kranjcar had been linked with moves out, with unknown Clubs said to be hovering around the winger while ‘Arry Redknapp’s Birmingham City became strong favourites to sign the Croat, but both players have committed to staying at Rangers and helping Pedro Caixinha’s side have a better fist of it next season.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Rangers' star midfielder finally returns to training


Rangers fans finally have something to cheer about with the sight of Niko Kranjcar regaining fitness and scoring in training at Auchenhowie earlier today.

The 32 year old Croat’s season was completely curtailed prior to the League Cup clash v Celtic in November last year, just as the creative midfielder was finally getting close to sustaining 90 minutes of play and hitting form. Sadly the ex-Spurs man suffered a serious knee injury in training and has had to make do with missing the past near-six months of action.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Have Rangers finally found the formula?

 Article by Sam Groves

When Rangers’ XI was announced an hour prior (as always) to last night’s kick off, there was barely a single Rangers fan in favour of the selection.

All the red herrings about Joe Garner starting had been just that, and defence saw an injured Danny Wilson miss out entirely and his partner Philippe Senderos dropped to the bench for Rob Kiernan and Clint Hill to unexpectedly be restored to first team action.

This site was hopeful/convinced we had seen the last of Kiernan and his name on the team sheet drew a collective groan from the faithful, with his selection and that of the team ridiculed by all and sundry.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Major injury doubt for Sunday



Mark Warburton has confirmed doubts over whether star attacker Josh Windass will be fit in time for Sunday’s crunch clash at Pittodrie.

The attacking midfielder has impressed since his sparkling display at Parkhead and his contribution has become increasingly important to Rangers, but the 22-year old suffered a possible hamstring pull during the pre-match warm up against Queen of the South at Ibrox, and had to be replaced last-minute by Croatian playmaker Niko Kranjcar.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Life beyond Barton - rampant Rangers rule Queens


Preparation for tonight’s match could barely have been worse. ‘Barton-gate’ had threatened to derail Rangers in as hefty a way as it could, with the midfield anchor expressing various disparaging remarks about regret over leaving Burnley and apparently making an appearance on Breakfast TV tomorrow.

None of this helped Mark Warburton prepare for a very tough test against arguably the country’s form side and serial Rangers’ bogey outfit Queens, and he certainly was not further aided by a nasty injury during the warm up for in-form Josh Windass, which led to a last-minute shuffle of the enigmatic Niko Kranjcar taking the former Stanley creative man’s place.

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.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Newswrap analysis: seven days at Ibrox

Article by Richard Fillingham

The chances of Rangers winning the league.

Celtic are the overwhelming 1/4 on favourites to finish in top place this season, because they have on paper, a far superior and larger squad than Rangers. The other reason put forward by most football pundits and the seldom wrong bookmakers, is the fact that Celtic have much more money than we do. If they are trailing Rangers in the Premiership during the January transfer market, then they can afford to bring in two or three better players to turn things around for them.

Verdict: - If we sign a tall, experienced, quality centre half, with a good reputation, then we will come so close to winning the league, or possibly even nicking it.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Defensive disarray at Ibrox


With just six days to go till the new season starts properly in earnest at Ibrox, Rangers have certainly recruited well. Midfield has seen some real heavyweights in the guise of Niko Kranjcar and and the inimitable Joey Barton, while Northern Irland international Lee Hodson and the infinitely promising Josh Windass put pen and paper on moves north to join the ranks in Govan.

And while defence has seen aforementioned Hodson and former QPR stopper Clint Hill bolster its roster, the same old excruciating fallacies were crudely exposed by Burnley on Saturday, raising the same old concerns about them.