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

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Roundup: 48 hectic hours at Ibrox

Well if the past 48 have not been some of the most ‘eventful’ at Ibrox in some time…

It seems pertinent to try to make sense of the latest official and (less) official stories surrounding our Club and try to organise it into some sort of order.

First the official stuff – there has been a big Academy reshuffle, with four ex-players returning to work with the kids. Peter Lovenkrands, rejected for the assistant job, is handed a part time gig with the intermediates, while Brian Gilmour will work alongside him. Stephen Wright returns to coach with the U15s while Andy Little is back at Auchenhowie to tutor the 9s and upwards.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker and Kyle Lafferty

It is hard to refer to these three without casting one’s mind immediately back five years and to the hell of Summer 2012. It was a period of time we will never forget, nor should we, but this article is going to forego all discussion about it and examine the present day and the football side of things.

As we know, Pedro Caixinha is busy underway rebuilding his Rangers team in time for pre-season training. Naturally he is unlikely to have all business completed within two weeks but he will hope to have made major inroads by then, with further deals thereafter, and three of the most frequently-linked names are three of the so-called ‘deserters’ – Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker and Kyle Lafferty.

Investing in the Rangers

Bookmakers have released odds for the 2017-18 season and Celtic have been made 1/10 favourites to win another title. Rangers are second favourites, but Pedro Caixinha’s men are not being given much of a chance by the bookies after finishing more than 30 points behind Celtic this season.

A Sports Interaction review and a trawl through various sites shows Rangers are trading at around 8/1 to win next season’s Premiership. Unless the club seriously improves its transfer business in the summer there will be few takers. At least Rangers are ahead of Aberdeen in the betting. Manager Derek McInnes has been laying into Rangers for finishing below his team this season, saying it’s embarrassing given the financial clout the club has.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Round by round - these are who Rangers could face in Europe

With Europa League football now guaranteed, Rangers make their long-awaited return to European competition after five years in the wilderness. Naturally the co-efficient has taken something of a hammering without the Gers on the continent, compounded by the shambolic performances of our city rivals, but it is time to have a look and see who Rangers can actually face in Europe’s second-biggest cup tournament.

Rangers enter into the first qualifying round, along with St Johnstone, but naturally cannot get Tommy Wright’s men due to the fact both are seeded, not to mention country protection. But who can Pedro’s men face up against in the opening round?

Could this be Rangers' XI next season?

Thank God that is over. A truly horrific season for Rangers is finally over, and now work truly begins rebuilding the squad into something a bit more worthy of the shirt.

Ibrox Noise takes you through what we know for sure, with a hint of educated guesswork thrown in for good measure, regarding the rebuild which is reported to be well underway and could be close to complete within two weeks if Pedro’s wishes come true.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Rangers' prize asset to be sold this summer; reports

Rumours have surfaced online claiming Barrie McKay is to be sold by Rangers. The reports claim manager Pedro Caixinha has decided the 22-year old Scotland international has not done enough to earn a new deal, and Rangers will look for a quick sale this summer.

McKay has had a troubled time under the new boss, with unimpressive performances convincing many fans his heart was not in it, but his general displays this season on his maiden berth in the SPL have equally been patchy at best, and the claims have it that Rangers will seek a quick bid and sale to get the winger off the books.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Triple transfer boost for Rangers - fans will be delighted

Rangers fans have been given a triple transfer boost over the past 24 hours with the news of all season ticket monies being reinvested into the squad, while two new players look set to arrive at Ibrox.

Chairman Dave King has confirmed circa 35,000 season tickets have been sold/renewed meaning a minimum of £10-13M is to be invested in the playing staff and Pedro Caixinha’s overhaul of the existing personnel. This could mean as much as £18M outwith King’s and co’s own investment, although whether fans actually believe the above claims by the Ibrox chief is quite another matter.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Pedro makes worrying admission

When a new manager comes in, there is often a period of adjustment – from formations, to selections, to how the press are handled. Fans equally have to adjust to the new way of doing things, given how locked they previously were into the last manager’s methods.

There is often a honeymoon spell, where the new boss ekes out extra from his new squad of (usually) underachievers and fans often poke fun at the ex manager pointing out how the new one is getting so much more from the same players.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Caixinha earmarks main striker; fans might not be thrilled

Manager Pedro Caixinha has dropped his strongest hint yet that rather than including flop signing Joe Garner among the players he is looking to dispense with, he instead intends to build Rangers around the ex-Preston man and get the best out of him.

Speaking about next season’s plans, Pedro laid out his intention to develop a system which plays to Garner’s strengths by utilising his aerial ability and getting more goals from him, rather than dropping him to the bench or even getting shot of him.

The boss said:

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.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Rangers complete first midfield summer signing; reports

Unconfirmed reports circulating around Ibrox claim new manager Pedro Caixinha has finally completed his first signing, a three year deal for Aberdeen’s Ryan Jack, it is said.

The 25 year old midfielder has been on Rangers’ radar for some time, and has been an integral part of the Dons’ side which has sweeped its way to second place in the SPL, while performing impressively against Rangers along the way.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Transfer window - must do better

If one thing has surfaced time and time again over the past few weeks, it is a worrying undercurrent among Rangers fans of the calibre of player being sought to rebuild this beleaguered Rangers side.

While no one is expecting the quality of Gazza, Laudrup or Baxter any time soon, alarm bells have been ringing among a great deal of the fanbase with names like Henaghan, Sumaila, Whittaker, and Berra being touted for a switch to Ibrox.

This is not to say these are all absolute dross, indeed many have responded slightly more positively to links suggesting a move could be made for Motherwell’s Louis Moult. But the problem Rangers fans seem to be arguing is the bulk of the players being mentioned in press circles, online and even ‘in the real world’ is they are barely any better than what we already have.

Friday, 12 May 2017

The Mole

“The Mole”. Far from the first time there has been one at Ibrox. Indeed, nearly every major regime bar a few over the past couple of decades has suffered the blight of the blabber, so Pedro Caixinha going through it is nothing new, albeit his hardline stance certainly is. In fact Caixinha’s recent words to the press are the first time a Club official has formally announced a leak from inside the Club, although whether you consider his actions bold and headstrong or another example of Ped’s predilection for saying arguably a little too much publicly to the media is a matter of personal taste.

What we do know is someone or more than one are deliberately feeding the media inside knowledge of players leaving the Club – Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos’ departures were not (and still are not) official but we knew about them days ago.

What next for Rangers?

The days of winning nine top-flight Scottish titles in a row seem a long time ago for the beleaguered Rangers fans, and having to watch bitter rivals Celtic run away with the trophy this season will have done little to lighten the mood.

With the league now done and dusted, how Rangers regroup and rebuild for next season will be key. 

Rangers linked to rival SPL striker

Motherwell’s Louis Moult has emerged has a significant target for Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha’s summer overhaul today. The Steelmen forward has been in excellent form this season, nabbing the leading goal at Ibrox in January before Rangers came back to win the Scottish Cup Fifth Round fixture versus the-then Mark McGhee side, and has won rave reviews for his general performances this season.

Ibrox Axe - who is the 'third' player?

In recent days we have learned Pedro Caixinha has axed Swiss defender Philippe Senderos and 38-year old veteran Clint Hill from the squad for next season, and will offer neither of them a new deal. However, while Caixinha has himself confirmed this, he did it in a way which raises another pertinent question; who is the third player?

When pressed on the leaks, Caixinha confirmed:

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The "Great Harry Forrester Mystery"

Rangers’ fans have suffered a great number of puzzles over the past couple of seasons; the health of Jordan Rossiter, John Eustace, the selection process in general, the signing of Rob Kiernan…

But one of the most curious is the entire “Harry Forrester Mystery”. Signed in January 2016 and the only borderline moderate ‘success’ of that absolutely disastrous transfer window, Forrester actually had a decent impact over the course of that season’s second half, contributing some big goals and making a noticeable impression on games.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Confirmed: Rangers star to leave at the end of the season

Sky Sources have this evening confirmed what other media outlets have speculated, that Clint Hill is to leave at the end of the season.

The 38-year old defender has faded from the starting XI in recent matches and is not thought to be in manager Pedro Caixinha’s plans going forward; he is out of contract following the end of season match with St Johnstone and has been eager to sign a new deal and extend his stay in Govan, but no deal has been forthcoming and his Rangers adventure would appear to be over.

WATCH: what are Rangers getting in Rashid Sumaila?

With Rangers’ interest in Ghanian international defender Rashid Sumaila about as official as it can get without an announcement from the Club, Ibrox Noise presents a collection of the best of the 24-year old in action for club and country.

Rangers' summer window begins - two out two in?

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha’s summer overhaul at Ibrox is set to get underway in earnest with increasing speculation that his first port of call is defence with veteran stopper Clint Hill and under-fire Rob Kiernan appearing as the first likely casualties of the transfer window turnover.

Hill is out of contract and while keen to sign a new deal, his absence from first team starts over the past two matches plus the delay in any new contract being presented does force the possible conclusion that Caixinha is not interested in him long term.