Thursday, 25 May 2017

Major investment needed


We can only hope that chairman Dave King and other board members have opened their eyes to the considerable gulf between ourselves and Celtic and begun to realise that Rangers are in dire need of a major overhaul this summer.


Believing that a combined transfer and wage budget of just £3 million a year would be enough for us to grow next season is just crazy, especially when we have just watched the current squad get outplayed and outclassed in the latest Old Firm clash which we lost by the biggest margin at Ibrox since 1897. That alone should ring alarm bells for the powers that be, and although this is our first season back in the SPL since clawing our way up the leagues, it would be completely pointless if we were satisfied with gradual progression instead of making the radical changes that we blatantly need to make this club great again.


Simply put, the squad is nowhere near good enough. If it takes a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Celtic to make that point perfectly clear, than so be it. Perhaps it will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in terms of changing any notion of settling for building one step at a time for one of that sees us spend; Rangers are not exactly loaded, but if fans do not want to see us be destroyed by Celtic four times a year and watch them stroll their way to the title whilst twirling a cane, Pedro Caixinha has to be backed to the hilt. Combine this with the fact that arguably our best players this season have a combined age of 75 in Clint Hill and Kenny Miller, it tells you how much of a state this present Rangers squad is in.


You have to feel sorry for Caixinha for picking up the mess that was left behind by Mark Warburton who thought the grass was greener elsewhere, yet now finds himself in severe danger of dropping into League One with Nottingham Forest. Karma at its finest. However, we have absolutely no idea who Caixinha will target during the summer, but with Celtic likely to be overwhelming favourites with Footie Live to run away with everything next season, he has to get it right. It would not surprise me if there was an influx of Portuguese players arrive at Ibrox this summer,


In many respects, we are heading into the unknown.


We hardly know anything about the current Rangers manager, and if truth be told, he has hardly set the world alight since arriving at the club. Any suggestion that he was merely chosen as Warburton’s replacement to fill the void rather than appoint a good manager is perhaps more cynical and based on the anger of how poor we have been than factual, but Caixinha has a major job on his hands. The present squad is a combination of players who are average or not good enough to wear the shirt – as was proven by just how embarrassing we have been in both the recent games against Celtic where we practically laid down and died. It is difficult to accept when a Rangers side is turned over without any sort of fight, work rate or passion, but when it is one that has a distinct lack of quality in it, the feeling of disappointment and anger is far greater.


Rangers fans may argue that finishing third in our first season back in the top flight is a good achievement, given how bleak our situation looked during the dark days of 2012-2015. However, even if the current campaign is the platform for greater things in the future, there has to be a major improvement on the pitch. Barely any of the players who were involved in the recent 5-1 debacle, which in all honesty could, and perhaps should, have been far more embarrassing if Celtic took some of their other chances, came off that pitch with their head held high, and while Caixinha held himself responsible for the defeat (for which I give him great respect and admiration; takes a strong manager to publicly admit when he gets things wrong), he has already stated that major surgery is required.


If we are being brutally honest, there are only a handful of players that should be there next season. Hill and Miller may not be around to do the donkey work for everyone else who cannot step up to the mark, while Wes Foderingham, Danny Wilson, Lee Hodson, Lee Wallace and Niko Kranjcar (if he makes a strong return from a serious knee injury) are good enough to remain. The others….well, less said the better; Emerson Hyndman has been shocking ever since Warburton left, Jason Holt and Josh Windass offer very little quality on the ball, and when you have Joe Garner, Joseph Dodoo and Martin Waghorn as the main striking options, you are pretty much screwed. On the whole, it would be a pretty strong Championship squad, but if there is to be another Rangers team that pushes Celtic all the way in the title race on an annual basis and manages to make a mark in Europe, then it falls well short of where it needs to be.


Anyone who is mad enough to back us to win the league next season in our present state may wish to read the 1xbet review on Footie Live before putting their money where their mouth is, but Caixinha will almost certainly have to utilise what Rangers give him to manoeuvre in the transfer market. It remains to be seen whether our new manager has the ability to scour the market for shrewd signings that are not only much better than the players that currently pull on the Rangers shirt, but also keep the books balanced; Caixinha may have to twist King’s arm in order to get more funds to utilise, and for what it’s worth, he may have to actually do it.

11 comments:

  1. Basically it makes no difference who is in charge or how bad the players are, I will get my season ticket and hope for a better season this year. Its not easy sometimes but thats what its like following the gers right now, i was there in the good times so i will be here in the bad.l just think how bloody good i will feel when we do eventually lift our next piece of major silverware. WATP

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  2. RW64
    With the current squad and financial predicament you will be waiting a long, long while.

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  3. Agree with everything you write RW. However we are being led into never never land at the moment, it feels like a pantomime, promises from King re funds, oh yes he will, oh no he want, as for Ped, brought in as the pied piper, he certainly is leading us a merry dance, time will tell. J

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  4. Pedro Caixinha seems to be a nice man and I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt as a decent manager, but I honestly think our board have made another arse of it by choosing him. It is too big a risk to get wrong, but I would love to eat my words.

    I want to be extremely wrong about his management skills. Celtic seem to think that Brenda is the new Stein and I am hoping that Pedro is not as bad as McCoist was.

    All the fans who buy their season tickets are the real stars of Rangers. WATP.

    We are all relying on Dave King and the board who so far have been totally unreliable.

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  5. Sam Nicholson's contract at Hearts runs out next Wed apparently. Young winger with potential. Added to Walker and Paterson, could be 3 good, cheap signings for us.

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    1. Jorg,you are so right but wages must be paid to every one we bring in we can not take them all hibs aberdeen and a few more clubs from scotland and england are looking at them and much more we must nail down what ones we want now.

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  6. We haven't a bad record with taking Hearts players, really. I'd have Nicholson, Walker and Patterson, but I still think a CB should be priority.

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  7. Yes we need it and fast just heard from a good friends they heard that Selltic Marquee signings are going be top dogs and they are Portuguese players it evens it up as it always has

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  8. Major investment is needed,but the money is not there Pedro must buy players from our spfl and bring them on and sell them as better players so we can double or triple etc the money we bought them for we need to nail down these players now as other teams are now looking at them three or four will do for now.

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  9. Pedro said he gave a list of players to the board and they are working on it as we speak. All we can do is wait and see come August to see who will be in the great blue jersey at the start of the season (Albeit Europa commences in June). Again, we must give the new players time to settle into our team and only hope they hit the ground running. I would obviously would love to see us win the title, but would accept second place as long as an improved challenge against shellic was obvious. With regards to SPFL players, I have seen every Rangers game last season and there has not been one player in the opposition that I have been excited about and said that he would do well in a Rangers jersey, not one. The only reason the opposition have looked good, is because we have played crap and made them look good. Look how O'Halloran turned out. He was just not good enough. Lets face it, it was easy for the spfl players to look good against us last season!! We need to get real in respect of the caliber of player we need to challenge shellic.

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    1. I do agree most of SPFL players are not good enough for us but some times we can bring in two or three that we can make a lot better than they where i just hope for three or four young lads than can play and i do not care where they come from i just want a good side on the pitch that can make me feel like we can beat them and the fear has gone.

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