Showing posts with label Old Firm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Old Firm. Show all posts

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Frozen out international to return for Old Firm clash?

Lee Hodson is on stand by ready to be deployed at left back should neither Lee Wallace or Declan John be passed fit in time for the Old Firm clash.

Without doubts also about the pair for Tuesday night’s Cup quarter with Partick, the Northern Ireland international provides a simple enough solution to the hysteria currently in the media about a ‘fitness race’ for the captain and the on-loan Cardiff man.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Celtic: form is temporary, class is permanent

Before I start this article, let me first assert that like all Rangers fans, I know there is a long way to go before we catch Celtic. Their squad was assembled at far higher sums than ours, and this Rangers is merely fledgling under Pedro Caixinha. Furthermore, there is a very high chance the gulf between the two will be exposed again when Rodgers’ under 12’s visit Ibrox later this month.

However, that all said, there is just a little simmering sense of something right now. From Celtic dropping points at Parkhead inside four matches to St Johnstone following going nearly the entire season last term before succumbing to Ross County, to last night’s absolute mollication by PSG, there is just a sense that while a sea of change has not quite opened up yet for Rangers or anyone else, Celtic seem more vulnerable than they have at any time.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

What can Rangers do with under a month to go until the Old Firm derby?

With the first Old Firm derby of the season just under a month away we are looking at Rangers’ start to the season and upcoming games for Pedro Caixinha’s men heading into undoubtedly the biggest match in world football!
Rangers will be keen to improve upon their third place finish last season and look to challenge Celtic for the title. With the mighty Gers having spent more than Celtic this summer, as well as bringing in players such as Graham Dorrans and Bruno Alves on free transfers, expectations were high heading into the new season.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

A picture says a thousand words

There is simply not a lot we can say today.

The worst Old Firm loss at Ibrox in Rangers’ long and proud history, the biggest loss at Ibrox possibly to anyone in history, and a Rangers side which is not worthy of the name.

Rangers are currently a complete disaster, bumbling from one shambles to another, and teasing us occasionally with an unpredictably good display before crushing us again with another atrocity of humiliation.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Should Rangers take this risk?

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

Last Sunday’s shambolic first half at Hampden Park, where we stood off a fast paced Celtic team and backed off deplorably, to ‘admire’ them play through us was the worst 45 minutes I have ever witnessed in a very one-sided match. Now the attention turns to Saturday’s final instalment of the Old Firm double header.

What is the best Rangers team Pedro Caixinha can select to try and get a result in the league?

Should we play a more defensive line-up at the start of the game? Picking a harder to beat X1?

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Rangers' best team for Celtic - do you agree?

So while we still all come to terms with Sunday’s abomination, attention must turn now to Saturday’s final instalment of the Old Firm double header punctuating the past week and discussion over what the best team Pedro Caixinha can select is.

Ibrox Noise has had a think about this and we reckon we have compiled the best XI that Pedro can send out on the Hallowed Turf this weekend, and while we do not expect a win from it, it will deliver the workrate and unity we demand from a Rangers team. Obviously the quality simply is not there yet, and will not be until we sign it, but for now, here is your Ibrox Noise selection:

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Old Firm: three reasons for a Rangers win...

Today is the day. In only a few hours, Rangers take the venomous turf at Parkhead for the last time under Graeme Murty, with anything less than three points accrued seeing Celtic’s direct lead over them remain at 33 points, or, worryingly, extend to 36. With the gap between the two already smashing all historical records, certainly post-war, Rangers do not want it any bigger, and this clash today sees every squad member given a ‘tabula rasa’.

Pedro Caixinha will be at Celtic Park to witness his new squad for the first time in the flesh, and the new manager’s advantage is a fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective with which to run the rule over the personnel at his disposal.

Friday, 16 September 2016

An open letter to Joey Barton

Article by Cameron Willis

Firstly, I believe stuffing Ross County tomorrow without you in the team would be a welcome dent to your apparently ever-inflating egotism – not that it will necessarily happen. The stuffing or the ego dent. This is about Rangers and not Joey Barton, maybe tomorrow will be symbolic of that. Or maybe the holes in our squad might just show again. Time will tell, but at least I’ll be there.

Secondly, you’re welcome to come and fight for Glasgow Rangers Joey, but you pale into insignificance when it comes to the club. Mouthing off to the manager and then running to the press just about gives the measure of you. You’re not giving your heartfelt opinion on things, you’re stamping your deluded sense of authority on them. You're not bigger than Glasgow Rangers, you’re not bigger than Mark Warburton, you're not bigger than the Old Firm & you're not bigger than the SPL. You’re not bigger than anyone.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Why the St Johnstone loss was the most important victory of Rangers' season

When Rangers lost to St Johnstone on the 22nd of September last year, to describe the general reaction as negative would be the understatement of the year.

It was Mark Warburton’s first foray into competing against a Premiership opponent, and while on the night Rangers were far from abysmal, they were certainly well beaten by a canny opponent highlighting the step up in class needed for the switch to SPL action.

At the time, some fans (not all) questioned the manager’s tactics, selections, quality of the squad, and used that result as a barometer of where Rangers were in the grand scheme of things.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

The return of the Old Firm

Sunday sees the return of the Old Firm, the first clash between the bitter rivals since last February year. Much has changed since the comfortable 2-0 win for Ronny Deila’s men against a disenfranchised Rangers side going round in circles, with Mark Warburton’s lean machine operating far more effectively and proving a much more formidable outfit. With that in mind, here is a sneak preview of the Football FanCast Network’s podcast of tomorrow’s meeting at Hampden, with some interesting views about both the upcoming encounter, and past epics between the sides.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Italian giants discuss the return of Rangers & Old Firm

In a further display of Rangers’ importance throughout the football world, Italian media giants La Gazzetta dello Sport have run a massive feature on the return of Rangers to the top flight and have welcomed back the Old Firm to the football calendar.

The publication, arguably Italy’s biggest sports outlet, is globally well-known and its views and content widely held as gospel throughout the sporting world, particularly in Italy, and them taking time out from domestic affairs to focus exclusively on Rangers and the return of the Old Firm is further evidence of the global interest Rangers’ return to the top flight has generated.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

How Scottish football crumbled in 2012

 By Richard Fillingham

On 11 August 2012, Rangers played Peterhead away and could only muster a draw on their opening game of the season. It took a last minute equaliser by Andy Little to gain a 2-2 result. It was certainly not the result the 4,500-strong capacity crowd were expecting as title favourites Rangers were given a rude awakening in the Scottish Football League's lowest division.

It was a sad day for Rangers, but not everybody realised that it would turn out to be a disaster for most other teams in the Scottish Premier League, because of the disastrous lower gates for the next few years, due to thousands of missing Rangers supporters at every game. The Scottish Premier League’s loss was the SPFL’s gain. Our support filled nearly every ground in the third division and the away teams and their fans treated us as very welcome guests and our board members were welcomed with open arms. Changed days for Rangers to be treated well by other teams.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Rangers v Scotland - And then there were none

By Greg Roots

It wasn’t so long ago, and traditionally it was always the case, that a Scotland squad would be made up of the best players from each half of the Old-Firm. Simply put, The Scottish National Team’s best players would be the best players playing in the top tier of Scottish football.

Various things have happened of late, most notably our drop into the bowels of our game, which have exacerbated the ongoing problems that we face as a footballing nation. Failure to qualify for a major tournament since the turn of the century, coupled with the fact that our UEFA coefficient is in freefall as no Scottish team seems capable of punching above their weight in Europe, has left punters following the national team in a state of disarray.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

BT Sport & SPFL praying for Rangers' progression

BT Sport have confirmed all six play-off matches will be broadcast live in their entirety on their channels, with both legs of each fully included, but while this is being promoted as a chance to see Rangers’ bid to be promoted, in reality the Ibrox side’s hopes of being involved in all six matches are on a knife-edge.

The playoffs have been fully dated now:

Thursday, 29 January 2015

The dangers of the Old Firm

Looking back some years ago, I posited this entry on the potential worries for the next time the Old Firm played each other since Rangers’ effective demotion to Division 3. My base point was that, with the new level of hatred bubbling within Scottish football, regardless of who it was aimed at or perpetrated by, the pressure cooker that was the anticipation of a re-acquaintance between the two sides had serious potential to spill over into real violence.

Since Rangers began working their way up from the lowest tier of Scottish football, the longer the wait for another Old Firm, the nastier and more vindictive Scottish football, and especially, the feelings of Rangers and Celtic towards each other became.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

It's the Old Firm, whether you like it or not

Whatever side you are on, tension is starting to mount for this Sunday’s Old Firm encounter at Hampden. It has been three years since Rangers met Celtic, and it is pretty safe no previous Old Firm encounter has ever had the baggage and sub-plot level this one does.

When Rangers and Celtic were drawn in the first Old Firm encounter for around 36 months last year, attention globally went into fever pitch. Fans of both Rangers and Celtic often underestimate the span their clubs have around the world in a kind of ‘inferiority’ complex, and forget just how big the Old Firm actually is – it is the most significant football rivalry in the world today. The only ones to compete are the Clasico and England v Scotland.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Nicky Clark a target for Notts County

No sooner had news broken a couple of hours ago of both the confirmed departure of Arnold Peralta from Ibrox by mutual consent and the potential sale of Nicky Law to Championship side Leeds Utd, when it was followed by a breaking story from the Daily Express that up next for his journey down the Marble Staircase and out the front door was striker Nicky Clark.

The Express tonight reports that Clark, 23, is a target for Notts County on loan till the end of the season.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Old Firm return, Ricksen regrets

Unless you have been sleeping underneath a large boulder, you will be aware tickets went on sale yesterday for the long-awaited Old Firm clash at Hampden in just over two weeks time. The queues at the ticket office were pretty long and the hype rather extensive. 

No one would ever object to Rangers fans wanting to watch their team face off v our historic rivals, and even though Celtic fans pretend there is no Old Firm, this selection suggests otherwise:

So, in all truth, there is an Old Firm and both sets of fans are extremely excited about the first clash between the two since 2012, even if neither team are especially impressive. Tickets have as good as sold out within a day, so demand was impressive among Bears. 

It is just a crying shame Fernando Ricken’s Tribute Match, which has received rather intense marketing, has failed to capture imagination in anything like the same way. As we know Fernando was diagnosed with ALS, or Motor Neurone Disease to give it its ‘popular’ title. As such, with Rangers being his main ex-Club, a benefit match was arranged to give him financial support in his darkest hour. The proceeds will go to himself, his daughter, MND Scotland and the Rangers Charity Foundation. 

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