Showing posts with label Rob Kiernan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rob Kiernan. Show all posts

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Has this Rangers player earned a start on Sunday?

If Rangers’ defensive crisis has led to one thing, it has been the rise of two brand new starlets into the first team. Myles Beerman we will cover in another entry, but today we focus on 20-year old David Bates who has risen from obscurity to start three matches in succession following the absences of essentially the entire backline bar Danny Wilson.

Bates was already on loan at Ibrox from Raith Rovers before then-manager Mark Warburton decided to make the boy’s time in Govan permanent.

With Philippe Senderos, Clint Hill, Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson in command of the first-team defensive shirts, Bates looked like a mere squad player, a reserve, a utility stopper to come in only when desperately needed. And in truth, that is how it has played out; with three centre-backs unavailable, Bates has been called on to partner the only remaining senior one at manager Pedro Caixinha’s disposal, and the surprising reality is Bates has given a very competent account of himself.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Are Rangers ready to take a risk on this 26 year old?

If one thing has been consistent over the past year, it has been Rob Kiernan’s general ineptitude. While the colossal 26 year old stopper has had his moments of impersonating a decent defender, by and large he simply has not cut the mustard in Rangers’ colours, whether in the demanding SPL or the more forgiving Championship.

Of late, he has served his ban and the Clint Hill Danny Wilson partnership has excelled in his absence, with arguably Rangers’ finest defensive display in many a year against Celtic last month. This was followed up with a solid robust showing against Hamilton during the last outing at Ibrox, so does this make Kiernan a busted flush in the eyes of supporters who used to give him a heck of a lot of slack?

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Will these 8 players survive under Pedro Caixinha?

With new manager in waiting Pedro Caixinha 99% confirmed now as in place at Ibrox, attention turns now to the rest of the season and the players who may find themselves on the outside looking in as the new coach stamps his mark on the existing squad.

As Man City’s Joe Hart and Real Madrid legends Raul and Iker Casillas know only too well, often a high-profile casualty or two is a big hint of the changes coming under a new charge, and Ibrox Noise decided to have a look at what players could very well find their days numbered at Ibrox with a new manager in place.

Before we begin, we should emphasise, that like 99% of our readers and the support in general we basically have no idea what style Caixinha actually employs, and it is a learning curve for all of us, but nevertheless here is your guesstimates as to who we feel could well find themselves surplus under the new manager.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Ragged Rangers absolutely dismal at Dingwall

This site gets it thick for being fickle. For being woefully knee-jerk in reaction to various results and failing to remain balanced.

So I will put it to the readers; how many of you were balanced after the rampant display against Killie and completely kept your heads after today’s atrocity in Dingwall?

I count zero.

So if anyone is about to ‘tell me off’ again for being changeable, spare me it because I do not care for your opinion; football is 99% emotion and 1% rationale, and if any of you were not too bothered by today’s result or were not overly thrilled with last weekend’s, that is a kind of supporting alien to me and I cannot identify with it.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Rob Kiernan...

Robbie Kiernan was not a signing heralded with any great lustre by Rangers fans; indeed, no one actually knew who the big guy was, such had been his nomadic career to date.

The 25-year old (24 when he signed) had been the absolute epitome of a journeyman, traversing a staggering number of different clubs both north and south of the border before Mark Warburton signed him to ply his trade in the Scottish Championship with Rangers.

In fact, from 2008 to 2015 Kiernan had been at an astonishing 11 clubs, including 9 on loan under two permanent employers (Wigan and Watford), and had truly never impressed at any – he made a combined total of less than 100 appearances at all 11 clubs – an average at each of less than 10. Only at Wigan, Southend and Birmingham did he even manage more than 10 in any one spell at any one club, meaning that at 8 clubs, Kiernan could not manage even double digits worth of appearances.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Who starts in Rangers' defence?

Article by Greg Roots
(Later on today Richard Fillingham will look at tactical approaches Warbs could employ on Saturday, but this morning, Greg asks who he will select as the defence.)
With two sleeps to go until the first SPFL Premiership Old-Firm in history, and the first league encounter since we met in the SPL in April 2012, it is beginning to feel a bit like Christmas eve. The excitement builds up to the point where you can’t sleep, and 7am on the Saturday just can’t come quickly enough.

Just like every other talking point that surrounds our club and fan base, our supporters are divided over a number of issues regarding this weekend’s encounter with our fiercest rivals.

Friday, 26 August 2016

How long will ragged Rangers labour like this for?

While Rangers remain unbeaten on their return to the SPL, and on paper a two wins two draws record is not exactly terrible following four years in the wilderness, the worrying signs from the last disappointing match at Ibrox v Motherwell not only remained prominent tonight, but arguably grew as well.

Rangers’ return to the SPL was all about showing the flowing football which punctuated Mark Warburton’s successful maiden season in Govan at one level lower could transfer to a higher plane. That the off-ball movement, the one-twos, the slick passing and the frequent goal hauls would translate perfectly to the SPL, with theoretically better players brought in to handle the step up in class.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Why Rangers fans can't take much more of Kiernan & Wilson

Rangers fans have been debating over the defence for as long as we can remember. Under Ally McCoist post-admin, complaints about Ross Perry, Darren Cole and Emilson Cribari were common-fold, before they became about Lee McCulloch and Bilel Mohsni.

Now those defensive demons are back again with the threadbare selection being currently between Clint Hill, Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan, none of whom have filled the support with much confidence apart from fleeting glimpses now and again.

While Matt Crooks returns from fitness (by all accounts he had a decent night for the unders v St Mirren slotting in at central defence) he remains a non-option, but he could be a possibility a number of weeks down the line as he regains match fitness.

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.

Friday, 5 August 2016

"Rangers are full of pensioners"

One of the most regular insults aimed at Rangers these days is the label of signing ‘pensioners’. That the likes of near-38 year old Clint Hill will not strike fear into the hearts of opponents and Rangers are there for the taking.

But is there any truth to the notion that Rangers are filled with ‘mature’ players and that the market Mark Warburton has had to plunder has been beset with geriatrics?

Let us break down Rangers’ squad and look at the ages of the most significant players in there, and see if age (and fitness) really is a problem for the upcoming season.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Rangers missing three defenders for Saturday?

Rangers’ preparations for the season-opening clash with Hamilton at Ibrox have been rocked by the emerging revelation that three defenders could be missing for the visit of Martin Canning’s men.

Danny Wilson, Clint Hill and Matt Crooks will all reportedly be unavailable through suspension, injury and long term injury recovery respectively, limiting manager Mark Warburton’s selection options considerably.

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.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

What a difference a defence makes

Before I go on further, go on; get the ‘it was only Annan’ comments out of the way. *hand cups ear* done? Ok. And also bear in mind the last time Rangers faced them it was 0-0, and the first time in 2012/2013 McCoist’s men took them on, they lost.

So while Annan are certainly no Arsenal, this match had symbolic significance, not entirely alien to the significance of the previous fixture v Motherwell which also forced comparisons with the last time both teams locked horns.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Is there any case for Rangers' defence?

In the (justified) praise of yesterday’s outstanding 0-2 win at Fir Park, many supporters, myself included, certainly conveniently overlooked the glaring failing in Rangers’ display; mentioned many times in the comments to articles today, it is only fair to tackle it head on, pun most certainly intended.

In short terms, Rangers’ current defence, in yesterday’s 90 minutes, featuring the familiar Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson partnership, was a borderline suicide pact.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

David Weir formally clarifies Rangers' defensive scenario

Rangers’ assistant manager David Weir has formally clarified the defensive situation at Ibrox, confirming that the current squad may be considered sufficient for next season if no further deals are finalised.

With American international Oguchi Onyewu trialling with Mark Warburton’s men during their US camp at Charleston Battery, and word going very quiet on the prospects of Jamaican stopper Adrian Mariappa, Weir took the chance to clear up exactly what Rangers are looking for.

He said:

Friday, 3 June 2016

How a new-look SPL Rangers could line up under Mark Warburton

With the transfer window now officially open, despite the signings already made for Mark Warburton’s Rangers Revolution, there is clearly plenty scope for new additions to be made.

Over the past week we have seen Khalis Aucho, Kolo Toure, Fanendo Adi, Niko Kranjcar (appears to have said no) and Sone Aluko (signed yesterday for Birmingham) mentioned, along with the usual Danny Grahams, Grant Hanleys and others.

But of who has signed, what could a new look first XI under Warbs line up as? takes you on a little journey over one potential line up, based on definites, strongly possibles, and wild guesses. Let the games begin!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Warburton eyes invincible defender

 Greg Roots

If the latest rumours are anything to go by, then Mark Warburton has his eye firmly set on Ivorian centre back Kolo Toure.

The 35 year old was recently released by J├╝rgen Klopp after a lengthy spell in England, playing for clubs at the highest level. Toure was famously part of Arsene Wenger’s ‘invincible’ Arsenal side as well as appearing in a couple of major European finals, although unfortunately he won neither of them.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Rangers' transfer window - what still needs done?

With the signatures of Joey Barton and Jordan Rossiter lighting Ibrox up, plus the preceding deals which saw Accrington Stanley pair Matt Crooks and Josh Windass swap League 2 in England for the Premiership in Scotland, there has already been serious surgery to fill in the squad gaps which were frankly glaringly obvious last season.

All through the season three positions stood out as desperately needing reinforcements; central defence, defensive midfield, and striker.

With those four on board, which positions are now more secure, and which still need work?

Central defence:

Monday, 30 May 2016

Scottish cup shame - why the media blames Rangers

After the atrocities at Hampden last weekend where a horde of Hibernian ‘fans’ stormed the pitch, attacked Rangers players and staff and goaded rival fans, it is safe to say something of a hive has been stirred in Scottish football.

From the majority of fans in this bitter little hole trying to pin the blame on Rangers fans playing the victim, to everyone of an Ibrox persuasion rightly defending themselves against the ridiculous provocation this entails, it is safe to say a new bitterness has enveloped the game that was already saturated in arsenic.

The media have especially stirred the hate surrounding these calamitous events of nine-days past; from the Sun referring to the Hibs’ yobs as ‘fans’ who Rangers fans ‘retaliated’ against mere ‘goading’, to the Daily Record and Jane Hamilton’s remarkable flights of fantasy blaming the lethargic police response on Rangers fans deliberately blocking Strathclyde’s finest from accessing Hampden properly, we have had some ugly lies and falsehoods circling around this distasteful set of affairs within the Scottish press.

However, the Record’s Gordon Waddell went one step further over the weekend; he managed to blame Rob Kiernan and Andy Halliday for what Hibs fans did.

Despite everything we know, everything we have seen, all the evidence; Waddell pinned the blame on Kiernan and Halliday by saying Halliday kicked back and Kiernan ‘went back for more’. Beyond the staggering connotations here (that grown men should let themselves be attacked without any sense of self preservation) is the simple fact that the message this sends is to justify what Hibs yobs did.

Yes, Waddell conceded that their fans should never have done what they did, in storming the pitch and causing mayhem, but to then administer responsibility to Rangers players for being hit and wanting to defend themselves is a new level of gutter tabloidism and immoral opinion masquerading as ‘journalism’.

It is a new level of sick PC that argues that professionals should not hit back if assaulted – that they have some kind of responsibility to ethics if they so much as dare lift a finger when being attacked.

It must not be forgotten that Halliday himself was being protected by referee Steven McLean and his brave assistants, along with Bobby Madden who chased after another Hibs thug; ergo to pin blame on these people for surviving is something beyond the pale.

These guys, players, staff and officials alike, did what they had to to avoid anything truly nasty from materialising (as what did happen was not nasty enough).

They deserve praise for not beating their assailants up, frankly, rather than condemnation for daring to hit back.

I wonder if these journalists’ families would be happy seeing others condemn them if they defended themselves and their loved ones against a gang of Neanderthals.

Probably not.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Hibs v Rangers - what Rangers need to fix

 Richard Fillingham

The Hibernian 'fans' Hampden pitch invasion is totally inexcusable in this day and age! This type of behaviour in the year 2016 is simply not acceptable, but I would prefer to concentrate on the football and focus on the Scottish Cup final.

In the first 27 minutes of the game, right up until our equalising goal from an unstoppable Kenny Miller header, I thought that Rangers had performed very averagely. It took a brilliant Tavernier cross right on to Kenny’s head to get us back into a game that looked like heading away from us.

The problem with our all-out attacking system put together from our wonderful manager Mark Warburton, is, that if we give the ball away too cheaply, with a bad pass by any of our midfield players, it puts our defence in immediate trouble and our two centre backs simply are not strong, sharp or good enough to cope with the fast breakaways, and it happens far too often to be a coincidence.