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.

Rob Kiernan:

C’mon! You knew he would be first. An unmitigated disaster of a signing, Kiernan has been 70% awful with 20% ok and 10% decent since arriving at Ibrox, and his past career of never having spent a full season at any one club due to constant loans should have been a warning sign. A Warburton pal, our ex-manager had a thing for Rob since he spotted him at Watford Academy and soon as he came to Rangers inflicted him upon us. Marginally better under Murty, true, but then still pretty abysmal.

James Tavernier:

Simply has not delivered in the SPL, and depending on how Caixinha lays out, could find Hodson permanently taking his place. Cannot defend for his life, and Rangers are fairly well stocked in creative midfield with Windass, O’Halloran, Holt etc all vying for that slot so he probably will not curry favour there either.

Andy Halliday:

After becoming something of a cult favourite with fans due to being one himself, Halliday has lost a great deal of that popularity this season with displays deemed not good enough. Certainly not a DM by trade, and his native slot is too well stocked as it is. Already lost his place recently, and it is hard to see what Caixinha could do with him.

Jason Holt:


Has really disappointed this season after being outstanding last – just has not delivered anything like the level Rangers would need and become a bit of a fringe player. With better options at his disposal, our new manager would surely have little use of Holt’s services.

Josh Windass:

Injury and lack of ability are his problems – after impressing early in the season when more of an unknown quantity, Windass’ injury issues took over and he has become a pale shadow of that potential, despite his dad’s protestations on social media that he should be playing. Maybe he is the kind of player Caixinha likes, but if he is always injured or out of form, what is the point?

Martyn Waghorn:

Another one struggling to grasp the SPL, he has improved a little recently with a penalty and goal here and there, but still ultimately looks like the lost soul he was late last year. If Rangers are to move forward with Caixinha, Waghorn is unlikely to be part of that.

Joe Garner:

A signing which has not worked out. He just does not score, and surely any new manager will observe that a striker who rarely nets is not worth much. His biggest club before Rangers at 28 was arguably his last one – Preston. And yes, for those who did not know – he was another Watford Warburton link.

Undecideds:

O’Halloran: This guy has something, it just has never been properly managed. Maybe Caixinha will.
Miller: Age may count against him, but his ability is without doubt, as is his heart.
Kranjcar: Fitness is a big issue, but no denying what he can bring when on his a-game.
Hill: Has grown into a firm favourite over recent months, for his faults, but he is nearly 40!
Senderos: His ability has not just gone – but he has never been given a fair chance.
Dodoo: Has the talent, no question, and the all-round game – but does he have attitude issues?
Wallace: Most fans have been extremely underwhelmed by his displays this season and believe he can deliver more.
Rossiter: All the ability in the world to get to the top of the game, but the boy has problems.
Crooks: Impressing at Scunthorpe, and was disgustingly treated by the last boss – maybe he is Caixinha’s answer to Rangers’ DM issues?
Forrester: Shows endeavour and spirit, not to mention some decent ability, but somehow never really consistently affirmed himself at Ibrox. 

So Barrie McKay, Danny Wilson, and, strangely, Lee Hodson, in yours truly’s eyes, are good bets for roles under Caixinha. But, of course, what the hell do I know?

Time will tell.

10 comments:

  1. You may be right but unless we have the finances these guys have to improve with us.watp and if they play for the jersey then things will get better.no surrender to the unwashed.

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    1. Effort is limited by ability, no matter how hard you try.

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    2. Spot on E-Chef, you hit nail on head, we are where we are, I just pray we manage to improve squad etc. in time to stop them getting 10, otherwise its a dip in the clyde wi a 3x2 slab tied to my ankles for me

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  2. TBH with a different formation,different tactics you never know a few might surprise you ,like in defence maybe LB n RB might not bomb forward as much n leave the to centre backs short under counter attack time will tell .but at least it will give the manager a bit of time from now till the end of the season to find out who is up to playing for the GERS. As for tomorrow a gd showing of fight n keeping the score respectable will do for me because if we re being realistic we kno we ll be up against it. WATP!!

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  3. I STRONGLY suspect (cluedo style) that Pedro will be given no significant cash to spend at ibrox.

    King has not invested up to now, why would he start now?

    Given his background it appears he has been hired as a coach to improve the tactics, team work and little technical improvements.

    Hope I'm wrong.......

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  4. It will be interesting to see if Pedro is allowed to bring in his own backroom staff. Now that he is here officially I am wanting him to do well for us. God knows we need somebody to get us out this mess and be ready for next season. With no prospect of any serious funds it will be interesting to see of he can 'make a silk purse out of a sow's ear' then he would certainly rise considerably in my books! A good fighting contest tomorrow lads is all we ask!

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  5. If Pedro is a clever coach and let's hope he is, because we really need one. If he watches any re-runs of the players form during our SPL games this season. I would be SHOCKED if he picked TAVERNIER as a right back, because let me assure you HE IS NOT!

    Lee Hodson, is a far better right back than Tavernier. If playing TAV, play him as a wing-back.

    If he can turn Kiernan into an acceptable centre half - he will be worth double his money. As my mother used to tell me, You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear'

    IF he can get Waghorn and Garner to score goals regularly. he may even be worth 3 times his wages.

    If he doesn't get rid of Halliday and Holt, he will be desperate to get better players in.

    Josh Windass might have a chance with playing with better players.

    O’Halloran: Has pace, but no brains

    Miller: Age should not count against him, but his ability is without doubt, as is his heart and with him helping out with the younger players in a coaching role, - they will take it from him, because he has done everything.

    Kranjcar: Fitness is a big issue, but no denying what he can bring when on his a-game.

    Hill: Has grown into a firm favourite over recent months, for his faults, but he is nearly 38.

    Senderos: Has never been given a fair chance.

    Dodoo: Has the talent, no question, and the all-round game – but does he have attitude issues?

    Wallace: Most fans have been extremely underwhelmed by his displays this season and believe he can defend a lot better and deliver more in attack.

    Rossiter: Has all the ability in the world to get to the top of the game, but the boy has fitness problems.

    Crooks: Who is impressing at Scunthorpe, and was disgustingly treated by the last boss – maybe he is Caixinha’s answer to Rangers’ DM issues?

    Forrester: Shows endeavour and spirit, not to mention some decent ability, but somehow never really consistently forced his way back into the team at Ibrox.

    Danny Wilson, the jury is still out with him.

    So Barrie McKay should be a good bet to keep his place under Caixinha.

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  6. Sadly, most will stay. Pedro will have to be one hell of a coach to turn this mob around!
    Hopefully there will be a couple of additions in the summer though.
    I'm thinking DEFENDERS...Just putting it out there Pedro...

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