Showing posts with label Pedro Caixinha. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pedro Caixinha. Show all posts

Friday, 28 July 2017

A shock exit from Ibrox?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Sudden rumours this morning have caught dramatic pace with ‘a shock exit’ on the cards. From nowhere, speculation has reached fever pitch that a key player at Ibrox is set to leave, but as yet no hard evidence has arisen as to who it could be.

A few names have sprung up, such as goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, midfielders Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter, but the truth is the story exists only as guesswork at this point and there is no point plucking names from thin air.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Season 2017/2018 - provisional squad?

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

Rangers have taken a 25-man squad to England for a week’s training and two away games against Watford who are managed by Marco Silva, a friend of Pedro’s, and Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

All three managers are Portuguese and Caixinha is so pleased that both friends of his readily agreed to take on the pre-season friendly matches against his new Rangers team.

Pedro has signed so many new players to the club and travelling together for nearly a week should help tremendously well in gelling the players together at training and especially off the park.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ok, ok - the DEFENCE...

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

For every transfer story we bring you, for every analysis of the state of the SPFL we compose, and for every time we twaddle on about formation, the one comment we keep on getting back here at Ibrox Noise is about the defence.

It has been the most enduring theme of this transfer window, and while we have raised it in the past, we shall do so again by public demand.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Players "100% behind" Pedro

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Following weeks of doubts, Ibrox Noise sources claim Rangers players are “100% behind” the Portuguese manager, something quite plausible following Saturday’s energetic display against Marseille.

There had been doubts following lethargic displays and rumours of unrest, but our understanding is any possible unsettling is a thing of the past (if it ever existed) and the players are 100% invested in their new manager and what he is trying to do.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Has Pedro finally figured THIS out?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Older Bears of a certain vintage will remember Uncle Walter’s famous 4-4-2 during 9IAR – Hateley and Super up front, Laudrup on the wings. He would shake things up during Old Firm matches, and during his second spell was willing to go one up top plenty.

But the names Miller and Boyd are synonymous with the kind of system Walter went with. It worked – a duo up front supported by wingers.

The man who can make all the difference for Rangers

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

If Rangers have lacked one thing over the past five years (and let us face it, it has been more than one thing) it is a defence.

Gone are/were the days of David Weir and Carlos Cuellar, and more recently, the likes of Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian – instead Rangers fans have had to suffer a multitude of inferior stoppers like Lee McCulloch, Emilson Cribari, Ross Perry, Darren McGregor, Bilel Mohsni, and of late, Rob Kiernan.

Indeed, fans used to past titans like Richard Gough, Terry Butcher, John Brown and the like were forced to get used to such bang average (or worse) defenders representing the Rangers in recent years. Never have Rangers been more insulted by Emilson Cribari briefly wearing the captain’s armband.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Pedro: "I'll add two more players"

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Following today's impressive result against French cracks Marseille, manager Pedro Caixinha has confirmed he remains in the market for a further two players.

The Portuguese has been hot on the tail of a number of players for a while now, and speculation has ramped up following his assertion that they are to be Scottish and will understand the significance of playing for Rangers.

Rangers star: "It wasn't my best game"

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Despite an impressive debut at Ibrox, giving a glimpse of his hard-dig, classy composure and work ethic in the middle of Rangers’ spine, midfielder Graham Dorrans has insisted he was not at his best and better is to come.

The recently-turned 30 year old was pursued by Pedro Caixinha for months before the Portuguese finally got his man, and his debut went pretty well at Ibrox, but the ex-Norwich man played his own display down significantly.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The mercurial young star Rangers MUST keep

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

While there were grounds for optimism following the recruitment of so many players and the exit of some unwanted surplus, a great deal of that positivity was dashed by events in Luxembourg. Rangers fans have been struggling for good news, so the signature of Graham Dorrans was a welcome boost as was Bruno Alves’ timely arrival yesterday in a Rangers shirt.

So here is another spot of sunshine for you all – Jamie Barjonas. Yes indeed, this 18 year old was briefly linked as a makeweight for Norwich’s Dorrans much to the justified outcry of a great number of Bears, but thankfully that deal went through while retaining the young midfielder’s services at Ibrox.

Monday, 17 July 2017

20 questions for Rangers fans

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

Ibrox Noise has 20 questions for Rangers fans. We would like all readers to answer in the comments for as wide a range of views as possible.

Part Four: Defending the Rangers

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Throughout this four-part series, Ibrox Noise has received mixed feedback, mostly agreeing with us on our summations, but crucially several requests have been nagging about the state of the defence.

The site raised this earlier in the transfer window, and was roundly abused by a number of ‘fans’ for daring to voice any concerns. Indeed, one or two replies threw the usual expletives our way and defended (pun not intended) the state of the defence and the signings made thus far.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Rangers to revive interest in rival SPL striker?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Pedro Caixinha was at Hampden yesterday to take in Premiership opening opponents Motherwell and their trip to face Queens Park at the home of Scottish football.

This photo, taken by the outstanding Willie Vass, shows more than a few calls being made during the match which Steve Robinson’s men absolutely strolled, leading some to ponder whether Pedro was as much on a scouting mission for a new signing as he was scoping out Rangers’ first competitive adversaries next month.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Should Rangers copy Chelsea?

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

I suggest Rangers taking a leaf out of Chelsea and Arsenal’s books as they changed their playing styles from the usual back-four formation to a much harder to beat three at the back with two hard working wing-backs, vital to the success of this move.

For those ‘Gers fans that will tell me that we are the Rangers and we should always be an attacking team, well what do you think Premier league winners Chelsea are?

Interest ramps up: Rangers to up offer for long-term target

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

With reports breaking today that Pedro Caixinha scouted long-term target Jamie Walker last night during Hearts’ friendly with Newcastle, it is evident the Portuguese has not given up on the winger.

Reports are suggesting Rangers will return soon with a much-improved offer for the 24-year old attacker, with strong hints it may come close to matching what Hearts are asking for his signature.

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.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Rangers linked with second bid for West Ham midfielder

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Rangers have been linked with returning for a second bite at the cherry over the past 24 hours. In a story that has resurfaced from January’s failed bid, Pedro Caixinha has been loosely mooted with trying again where predecessor Mark Warburton failed and signing Portugal’s Domingos Quina, a 17 year old attacking midfielder the Bread Man was unable to bring in during the winter transfer window.

Naturally the Portuguese connection is significantly driving this one, with West Ham arguably more receptive to loaning the kid out to a countryman, but if this was a player Warburton was after, does that not already pour cold water over it looking at his record?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Is this idea a step forward for Rangers?

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

With Pedro under so much pressure from fellow managers, ex-players and 75% of Rangers fans, may I suggest having a fun-filled, fans, family, friendly day out for all Rangers supporters to come to Ibrox and enjoy the whole occasion – and judge!

I feel it is time for ALL of us to pull together and get behind Pedro and his new players, and make them feel good about joining a great club with a fabulous fan base.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

"13 of 56" - why Scottish clubs are a disaster in Europe

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

Rangers and St Johnstone both find themselves out of the Europa League in the first week of the competition and the League Cup will come next month for the two clubs. This leaves both Scottish clubs looking for practice matches to play within the next 4 weeks.

They could of course play each other home and away to give the two SPL sides some much needed practice, and earn some much-needed money from the paying customers wanting to see their teams get ready for the start of the new season. The real competition starts on Sunday 6 August against Motherwell at Fir Park at 1.30pm.

Friday, 7 July 2017

A shot in the arm for Rangers; is another set to follow?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

It has all been said and written about Pedro, so we will not say any more, but with that uttered, the signature of Graham Dorrans really is the kind of shot in the arm Rangers have needed.

The 30-year old driving midfielder-cum attacker is the calibre of signature Rangers used to make (and have started again, if you add Alves), and with seven years of English Premier League experience and plenty of caps for his country to speak of, while we will not claim his capture is a game changer, adding a player of this quality is certainly the direction Rangers fans want to see the club go in.

For all the lambasting we have given Caixinha, he has pulled off a-near masterstroke in signing a genuine Rangers fan of the quality of Dorrans who has played at the highest levels and can provide Rangers with the energy and drive we need in the front end of the pitch.

Dorrans is capable of playing anywhere in midfield and up front – he is a versatile player and while his CV tends to most read ‘attacking midfielder’ truth is he will be an asset anywhere he plays. His support of Rangers helps – he wanted to leave Norwich as soon as he knew Caixinha was seriously interested in him, and once the saga of the fee was finally resolved he was up north taking his medical quicker than you can say WATP.

And that is something sorely missing at present, as Joey Barton said. Rangers need men who understand the club and love it as much as the fans do, but not for the sake of it – we need guys who can play at the levels we need.

Steven Davis, a lifelong Bluenose, might have had the odd quieter game here and there but his support of the Club in concert with his ability made that signing an excellent one. Which brings us onto Steven Naismith, a similar Bluenose who was only too thrilled to join in 2007 and despite his Ibrox career being ruined by injury, the form he showed in 2011 was that of a potential legend.

Things did not work out, as we know, and Naismith has shown contrition, which we accept, and despite the angry comments we have made about him in the past, we do not deny a player of his quality, like his ex-team mate Dorrans would be a fine addition.

Right now Rangers could use a few shots in the arm, and there have been murmurs that Naismith’s recent positive interviews about Rangers are a foreshadow of interest in him. There had been reports that he was in advanced talks but that his wages were a stumbling block.

Well, that was before the retail deal was fixed and Rangers had less projected cash to play with. Now we have a little more, and can afford to sign a bit better. And Naismith is on the level of Dorrans if not even higher and that is the kind of player Rangers painfully lack.

Dorrans’ signature has been a fine boost during very troubling times, and while we still want more work done on defence, the concept of Naismith joining him is something we would unequivocally welcome.

"Caixinha Chaos" - a torturous timeline

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

It is depressing being negative about Rangers all the time right now, but what is almost equally depressing is the consensus of agreement with us from fellow fans. We love our club, just like you, and we hate what is currently happening to it right now, but unfortunately we have to be realistic and honest.

And manager Pedro Caixinha has been an unmitigated disaster from before he was even appointed by the powers-that-be at Ibrox. Sure, we have managed to find positives and even praise him for some things – naturally, we need to support as well as criticise as fans, it is what we we do, so we were determined to find things to be optimistic about. We managed to put a positive spin on crazy as, again, like you, we are fans, and being completely cantankerous is not ideal.