Sunday, 14 May 2017

We will still Follow On

Ibrox Noise has never shied away from being honest – all our readers will know we have strong opinions and we are not afraid to express them – whether we are being critical or praising the Club, we are always calling it as we see it. And right now Rangers are truly in a messy state of limbo;

And yet, as ever, waiting on and watching the Rangers will always be as exciting today as it was when we were kids.

It struck me that no matter how rubbish our team is, how incompetent or tight the board appears to be, or how confused the management seems, as Bears, our blood runs blue and we were as excited for a dead-end match against Hearts yesterday as we were for the Uefa Cup Final or 1992’s massive Leeds tie or indeed the CSKA finale the same season which saw us just pipped to the post.

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.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Double transfer boost as Rangers star pair confirm stay

Rangers have been handed a timely transfer boost with the news Barrie McKay and Niko Kranjcar both intend to continue on at the Club beyond the summer.

McKay and Kranjcar had been linked with moves out, with unknown Clubs said to be hovering around the winger while ‘Arry Redknapp’s Birmingham City became strong favourites to sign the Croat, but both players have committed to staying at Rangers and helping Pedro Caixinha’s side have a better fist of it next season.

End of the road for these two Rangers failures

We learned a lot about Rangers’ squad and management today at Ibrox, arguably even more than in any previous match this season. Many fans would point to the Old Firm debacles as the barometers against which Rangers should be judged, and that is absolutely spot on, but today a unique set of circumstances transpired to give a new and valuable angle from which to measure this climate at Ibrox, and it does not make for impressive viewing.

However, two players stood out head and shoulders of ineptitude above the rest (Jason Holt also had a stinker but he has been pretty good by and large the past couple of months so we will cut him the slack), with respective performances of absolute mince and if Rangers are to move forwards and upwards from here on in, neither can play another minute in the Light Blue shirt.

Roundup: Rangers' rebuild - ins and outs

So with increasing activity being reported in the press en-masse, Ibrox Noise takes you on a simplified guide of (mostly) everything taking place in Rangers’ transfer circles, whether official or not.

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.