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

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.

Friday, 29 July 2016

This Celtic hero reckons Rangers players are inferior


Without any doubts, Rangers’ rise from the lower depths of Scottish football has been as quick as it has impressive. While four years felt like a long time for us fans, it is infinitely quicker than the 16 years of purgatory Leeds fans have suffered, and as such only 48 months is effectively something to be borderline grateful for by comparison.

Rangers have built a brand new squad, one befitting of the country’s top flight, but remarkably an ex-Celtic hero’s arrogance surfaced recently when former Parkhead striker Joe Miller decided a combined Old Firm XI would not feature a single Rangers player.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Robin Van...Persie?!


There have been some bizarre transfer rumours connected to Rangers this summer. Most were dismissed as the nonsense they were and eventually forgotten. At one point Henrik Larsson’s son Jordan was announced as a link, a wind up of course; but the national press actually ran with it, suggesting journalism is getting even lazier these days.

But some of those crazy rumours actually happened – Rangers signed Croatian superstar Niko Kranjcar, and they really did snap up the mercurial Joey Barton.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

How the competition has hotted up for Jason Holt


As competition for places hots up at Ibrox, a very curious pattern has appeared in the past couple of matches; arguably last season’s best player, or certainly one of, has not featured in any meaningful way and indeed was mildly criticised post-Motherwell for his display.

That player, of course, is Jason Holt. Rightly lauded last season, Holt was Rangers’ most effective midfielder, with an absolute guaranteed start and a noticeable loss in team form when he suffered injury during the business end of the campaign.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

So, just how did Joey Barton get on?


It was the moment Rangers fans have waited for over the course of 10 weeks. Ever since Joey Barton was bizarrely linked to Rangers, before it became apparent the interest was real, the hype over his first appearance in the famous Light Blue jersey has achieved epic proportions, and while it had been hoped he would start last night’s League Cup group match v Annan, his sub appearance was highly anticipated instead.

So after all the bluster, the Twitter trash type, the media hype, the sheer attention this signing has gained; how did Joey Barton actually do on his debut at the Hallowed Turf?

He was roared on with a massive cheer, replacing the glorious Niko Kranjcar, and while Joey Barton will face bigger tests than Annan, like Kranjcar and all the other debutants over the past two matches, the new signing fit the team like a glove.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Warbs confirms star summer signing to be benched


Mark Warburton has today confirmed tomorrow night’s visit of Annan in the League Cup to Ibrox has come too early for star midfielder Joey Barton, but that the former Marseille and Man City man will nevertheless make a cameo later in the game.

Expected to ring the changes, Warburton will be deploying the services of new goalie Matt Gilks, with both of the new summer defensive recruits, Lee Hodson and Clint Hill taking their maiden bows from the start in Govan too.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Rangers are on fire, SPL defences are terrified...


First things are first, while the last time Rangers faced Motherwell in 2015 they were fighting to stay in the SPL, this time it was a buoyant Fir Park outfit, fresh off a solid fifth-placed finish in Scotland’s top flight and a vast improvement under Mark McGhee. So no one is going to use the ‘your opponent was too easy’ excuse.

Lincoln Red Imps Motherwell are most certainly not…

Hence we can, while early in the season, take quite a lot from yesterday’s trip over to the Steelmen, and one of the most remarkable and pleasing aspects, particularly when the three substitutes came on, was just how equipped Rangers look for the top flight now.

A stroll in the Fir Park - Rangers' player ratings


With Rangers’ first competitive match of the new season out of the way, while some might argue it is a little early to judge, at the end of the day midfielder Andy Halliday disagrees, describing yesterday as a ‘marker’ in the build up to kick off. And frankly I agree with him, as I alluded to with my piece on revenge. So, let us provide some player ratings to kick off the new campaign and see who looks ready for the step up, and who might be struggling.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

How could a new-look Rangers line up next season?


With the potential capture of striker Joseph Dodoo on the agenda, plus Mark Warburton’s summer work in general nearing its conclusion, Rangers will have a significantly new feel about them next season.

While defender Oguchi Onyewu did not impress enough on trial in America to win a deal, plenty of new recruits have otherwise arrived in Govan keen to fight Celtic to the title next season.

Warburton has admitted a CB remains on the agenda, along with aforementioned striking vacancy, but what will a potential new-look Rangers now shape up as come the new season?

Obviously before labelling this as ‘Rangers’ new team’ it is important to point out existing talent like Jason Holt and Martyn Waghorn have not suddenly just lost their places, and gave so much last season to merit playing a big role this season; but like everyone else it is a blank slate and a higher level than 2015/2016 was, hence the new signings and the validity of seeing what a brand new Rangers XI may well look like.

Disclaimer: the following content contains conjecture.

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.

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.