Showing posts with label Queens Park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Queens Park. Show all posts

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.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Ally McCoist is Not to Blame


He does not do walking away, but an increasing number of fans would like him to. Ally McCoist, after being nigh-on God-worshipped in the weeks and months following administration, a man who offered to work for free in one of the club's darkest hours is now increasingly being invited to vacate his tenure.

A clamour is now starting to build in favour of his P45 after a truly hideous display in Dundee saw a justified 3-0 reverse for the Ibrox men who found themselves out of their depth after just 17 seconds at Tannadice.

Is this bandwagon justified? Has McCoist bitten off more than he can chew?

The one big problem that, even in February, remains massively on the horizon is the defence. In attack the side is not too bad if not infallible and midfield is average but the defence is arguably every bit as poor as any other in the league. Only 4 less goals conceded than nearest rivals Queens Park is a damning indictment of how feeble the back four is. Yes, it is 'adequate' for the third division but only because of how many goals are scored at the other end.

Saturday was not the third division and the two times SPL sides have tested Rangers' defence this season have conceded 6 goals to the higher-tier outfits. The folly at the first on Saturday was truly hopeless and the fears many fans had about what might happen when this fragile back line was tested by far superior opposition bore the kind of fruit which was decidedly undesired.

So, was the final scoreline the responsibility of manager Ally McCoist, and likewise the recent home draws in the league to late goals?

Many would argue it is. There is a growing criticism of McCoist's 'football philosophies' as some label them, citing a lack of tactical incision and organisation. The argument seems to be that the system is too retrospective, and lacks balance in the modern day; that it is backward and not progressive.

There is certainly clout to this position; his tutor Walter Smith certainly never produced the most expansive footballing machines, always favouring results over free-flowing creative play. The fact that the first thing Smith did when returning in 2007 was freezing out 'trequartista' Thomas Buffel highlights the style he used - and the style McCoist has learned.

However, for all the criticism this concept draws, McCoist is not Cribari or Perry's father - he cannot hold grown men's hands and spoonfeed them defensive duties when they are out there on league business. Basic errors players make while on call cannot be due to the manager.

Few blamed Neil Alexander when he made a horrible error against Elgin, quite rightly - it was one of those things. Yet in the weeks following, someone has had to be the target of ire when things go wrong, and that someone is Ally McCoist.

This article is not a defence or condemnation of McCoist - it is just trying to highlight the way many supporters think, rightly or wrongly.

There is also another problem Rangers are suffering, and it has nothing to do with the players, manager or tactics. It is the level of opponents. If Barcelona were put in the Scottish third division, their standards would go down too. They would win the league by a landslide, of course, but psychologically speaking when you are reduced to a lower level of competition by default, your own standards will degrade uncontrollably as a result.

It is a ridiculous example but the classic movie Trading Places is an illustration of what I mean. Put 2 metaphorical fish out of water and slowly the air becomes familiar. And their own attributes will change to adapt to it, willingly or otherwise. The Stanford Experiment by Zimbardo is another example - when an individual or group find themselves in a particular environment, they will adapt to it and become it.

This is all a bit highbrow for a football blog, I concede, but Rangers are now a third division outfit, whether we like it or not. The club is the best in the division, but against genuine SPL clubs, despite having a number of SPL players in the ranks, the club still plays like a third division side.

McCoist's sole fault? No. He has certainly made errors, no denying that - but I find it very hard to hold him exclusively responsible for the current football quality emanating from Ibrox.

This season has not been a fair one to judge him on. Fans always suggested writing off last year, and judging him on the following one, but it was on the basis that McCoist would at least get a fresh untainted SPL season to wrestle with. This third division 'adventure' has been a skewed reality by comparison and McCoist has had his hands tied not only with the division but the ridiculous and illegal embargo preventing him from strengthening the side.

He has not been perfect, but Rangers' football problems do not end at Ally McCoist.