Are Rangers ready for Hibs?

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With Mark Warburton’s Rangers due
to meet Hibernian in little over three weeks for the new manager’s maiden bow, it
is safe to say the Club could not have had a tougher match with which to
introduce the former Brentford boss to the rigours of the Scottish game.
Hibs, March’s convincing victory for
McCall’s men at Easter Road aside, had the measure of Rangers throughout last
season, and prior to aforementioned home defeat, had racked up 9 goals with
only one reply in the league.

True, Rangers opened with a win
over Stubbs’ men in the Challenge Cup at Ibrox, but that was before Hibs found
their feet and, Hearts obviously aside, were probably the best team in the
Championship over the course of the season. Even the playoff win was far from
convincing, and while the Easter Road were remarkably impotent up front, it was
plain to see they were by far the best team.
This next paragraph was supposed
to begin with ‘but Warburton’s new-look Rangers will be refreshed and equipped
for the new season…’, however, as is abundantly clear, the new chief is
struggling to secure signings to justify any ‘new-look’ label.
Today we have confirmation of
ex-Fulham and Swindon town stopper Wes Foderingham arriving (as yet unclear if
he is the new number one or just a deputy for Bell), but prior to that only Danny
Wilson and Rob Kiernan had been snapped up thus far for instant installation to
the first team.
Sadly, right now, it really is
more or less the same rubbish that struggled so badly last season, with the
Nicky Laws, Nicky Clarks, Marius Zaliukas’ and David Templetons still on the
books.
Despite shedding eleven players,
Rangers have made nowhere near enough quality signings yet to inspire belief
that the standard of product on the pitch will be significantly raised by next
season.
Of course, it is early days in the Warburton regime –
the poor guy has only been here for 18 days so he gets plenty of slack, but as
he has admitted, the Championship is a tough sell.
Even John Eustace is proving a
difficult acquisition, as despite two rounds of talks (including as recently as
yesterday), the former Derby midfielder still has not joined, and one cannot
help wonder if he is using Rangers to alert clubs down south to his
availability.
Whatever the result on the 25th
in Edinburgh, it is inconceivable that fans will make any judgement on
Mark Warburton – he quite simply could not have had a harder match to begin his
tenure, and it looks like, at this juncture, he will be mostly using the
leftovers from previous regimes with which to do it, unless some excellent work
can be done in the next three weeks to bring in quality additions.
Warburton is a great manager, but
not a miracle worker. He cannot magic signings out of thin air, nor can he
make Nicky Law a player.
If he can, he is even better than
we had hoped!

6 COMMENTS

  1. Like article early days, like youth but need some quality as well, talking of youth why not bring Kyle Bartley back into the fold played well last time, only time will tell, but does RFC have time?.

  2. It would be great if we could make a marquee signing, somebody to get the fans excited, but with a new goalkeeper and two central defenders and a central midfielder Warburton seems to be building a team with solid foundations. The honeymoon period could be short but lets hope the fans get and stay behind the manager/players/board and lets get back to the top of Scottish football.

  3. If warburton can impose an attacking/passing style of football which was so clearly lacking for the past couple if seasons then I believe that the players which are left could actually do a half decent job. We clearly need more quality but it's about fitting players into a style of play that works for them rather than playing longball tactics which emphasise no ball retention. I would like to see one or two more players brought in and in particular scott allan. He was hibs best player last season and I belive that he has the ability to both develop and comfortably play for rangers

  4. It's taking longer than I thot it wud to get players in specially wen warburton n weir wer on gers radar for a good while and personally I think it was a done deal from the first sign of the interest from gers, so I wud have fot they wud already had a list of players to go for n 3 weeks in 3 1st team signing a bit slow , need to get another centre mid in hopefully Allan n a Cple of Good wide players n Cple of strikers osman soe n Cummings of hibs wud b decent buys n we won't b far away.

  5. I have every faith that our strategists are working on exactly what we need to be back in the Camps League pronto.

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