Friday, 12 May 2017

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. 


Right now, it will take some doing to bridge the gap: The football predictions from BetHut already point to another league win for The Hoops next season.
However, the Ibrox club is now back in the top division and, after where they have been in recent years, that in itself is a bonus.

It was always going to be tough to compete with the Bhoys, who have had things all their own way since the Gers' financial woes sent them tumbling down the leagues, with Brendan Rodgers breathing new life into the Hoops in what may well turn out to be an unbeaten league season for the Celtic Park outfit.

The challenge now for the blue half of the city is to close the gap under Pedro Caixinha and try to get the club back to where it belongs.

A glance at the Scottish Premiership table suggests that the chasm between Celtic and Rangers will be too tough to bridge in just one season and that may well be the case, with the green and white currently 36 points clear of their Glasgow neighbours.

Scoring goals has been Rangers' problem, with only 49 from 34 games compared to Celtic's 92.

Ten draws have also thwarted their progress and it will be vital to turn one point into three in tight games next term. 

Mark Warburton's departure in February was shrouded in mystery, with the manager stating he did resign and the club saying otherwise but, even more of a shock was the man who replaced him.

Caixinha was not exactly a household name and while he has extensive coaching experience, it has been in countries such as Greece, Portugal, Romania and Qatar.
Whether or not the Portuguese tactician is the man to bring the good times back only time will tell but he will need to work hard over the summer to bring in some fresh faces.
With Celtic certain to recruit in the off-season, they are only going to get stronger and the Light Blues must respond.

Inevitably it will be tough to attract big-name stars, with finances still restrictive but, as Leicester City in the Premier League and the Bundelsiga's surprise team RB Leipzig have shown, the size of a club is no boundary to success.

There is clearly unrest among the fans and the board and management must show strong leadership over the coming months to ensure that the recent 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Celtic is not repeated.

Old Firm games are the pinnacle of Scottish football and they need to be competitive to ensure the league has credibility.

Celtic have won six consecutive Scottish titles and have rarely had to break sweat to do so, and it is unlikely that they will have it so easy in future as Rangers establish themselves back in the nation’s top division.

It would be folly to suggest that Caixinha will be able to work miracles in such a short space of time and the title will surely be beyond his men next year, but a decent cup run and a more expansive playing style will aid the blue shoots of recovery. 


5 comments:

  1. Before we catch Celtic, we first have to think about catching Aberdeen. And instead of wishing we could "attract big-name stars", I'd rather see us plough as much money as possible into improving our youth scouting network and the facilities/staff at Auchenhowie. Nobody ever asks how much we're going to spend on Auchenhowie this summer. The desire to attract big-name stars should be consigned to history. Ajax didn’t buy any of these superstars below. They made them, and so should we -

    Cruyff, Van Basten, Bergkamp, F De Boer, R De Boer, Overmars, Davids, Rijkaard, Kluivert, Van der Sar, Seedorf, Sneijder, Van der Vaart, Blind, Vertonghen, Vermaelen, Eriksen.

    Would we have the patience to promote 3 or 4 youth players to the first-team every single year as a matter of principle, even if it would mean us not winning the title as often? Ajax can buy better first-team players than they have in their youth team, but they stick to their philosophy no matter what. Would love it if we could do the same, but it would take a massive change in mentality from a large portion of our support (something I highly doubt is possible).

    Beerman quote this week: “I’ve learned more in a month (playing in the first-team) than possibly throughout my whole career.”

    Kasper Dohlberg, the next Ajax superstar, speaking about the need for young players to get a run in first-team - "You can train a lot and do the things over and over again, but in the end you can't train for every single situation."

    We'll never know if they're good enough if we don't make it our policy to play them. We've released the likes of Eoin Jess and Kenny McLean in the past, only to want to buy them (our favourite hobby) later on. Will we ever change?

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    1. Jorg I take my hat aff...

      Well bloody put and correct. The days of Rangers buying there way out of trouble is in the past. Gazza Laudrup Klos Albertz Mols all are a distant memory now.. Durrant was the real deal before his injury - Rangers must look to bring through the likes of him again... From small acorns come big oaks

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    2. Thanks buddy, yeah was remembering Durrant this week too funnily enough. Before his injury, one of the best players I ever saw on a football pitch.

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  2. Nicely put Ibrox Noise..

    Confidence is a great thing for any person wither it be footballer, fan or Club. What will happen during this pre season may just be the most important yet in respect of players in & out..I know lots of Bears have concerns over Ped but I honestly believe he needs one full season at the helm. 2 seasons tops from today to stop that lot from the East of the City...

    King and the Board must fall on their swords if the Club are as bad next season. It's not just the players and manager who must carry the can...

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  3. The Leipzig example is maybe a bad one in that Red Bull probably inserted major financing.

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