Season 2017/2018 – provisional squad?

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

Rangers have taken a 25-man squad to England for a week’s training and two away games against Watford who are managed by Marco Silva, a friend of Pedro’s, and Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

All three managers are Portuguese and Caixinha is so pleased that both friends of his readily agreed to take on the pre-season friendly matches against his new Rangers team.

Pedro has signed so many new players to the club and travelling together for nearly a week should help tremendously well in gelling the players together at training and especially off the park.

It’s a great opportunity for all 25 guys to get to know each other better than before.
The first game went exceedingly well with a reportedly good performance and an even better 2-1 win. Daniel Candeias opened the scoring in the first half with substitute Martyn Waghorn slotting in the winner only two minutes from the end, to earn a well-deserved away result.

It was a very good game for Pedro’s new look Rangers side against a team who avoided the drop last season. The Hornets finished six points above the relegation zone in17th place in the English Premier League.

If, however Rangers fail to sign any more players before the end of the transfer deadline, then this as things stands could be the provisional first team squad for season 2017-18.

Rangers’ 25-man travelling squad:

Goalkeepers: Wes Foderingham, Jak Alnwick and young Liam Kelly.

Defenders: Lee Hodson, James Tavernier, Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso, Danny Wilson, David Bates, Ross McCrorie, Lee Wallace and Jordan Thompson.

Midfielders: Daniel Candeias, Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans, Niko Kranjcar, Carlos Peña, Jordan Rossiter, Dalcio, Jason Holt and Josh Windass

Forwards: Eduardo Herrera, Alfredo Morelos, Kenny Miller and Martyn Waghorn

There were no places in the travelling party for Myles Beerman, Jamie Barjonas or Aidan Wilson.


  1. I assume that Joe Dodoo is surplus along the same lines as Kiernan, Forrester and O'Halleron? And looks like Windass will be away as few teams apparently being reported as purchasers.
    Lee Hodson must be looking to get away also? anyone of he same opinion?

  2. Joe dodoo is a hard one to take, thought his part in beating Aberdeen at pittodrie showed a lot of talent

    • My best guess on the Joe Dodoo situation is similar to what we know has been said on Barry MacKay leaving Rangers. Pedro has supposedly asked MacKay to chase back and do defensive duties, becoming a wingback, but he didn't appear to want to do that. I can only assume Dodoo feels he doesn't or hasn't the ability to do that, so the manager has decided to leave him out of his plans.

  3. I reckon Pedro likes Windass and sees his potential. Anyone wanting his signature will need to pay serious money for him. Dodo could play with younger age groups and might develop. Forrester has ability but his attitude stinks. MOH will perhaps be loaned out to St Johnstone unless he can be used as makeweight for signing either McLean or Walker

  4. Anybody know why Hardie has been left out? Thought he was a decent player, but doesn't seem rated. Is it not also time Burke got a few games? If we don't play him someone else will take him from us


  5. Who's Burke?Apart from Hares murdering partner I mean.Do you mean Burt mate? I don't think he's progressing as much as we'd like and if anyone of those boys are close to the first team it's Barjonas.

  6. Yes, I meant Burt 🙂 Rush of blood to the head. I agree Barjonas did well last season, but I would like management to make a concerted effort to bring several of these players through.

    I appreciate the need to win makes it hard, but we have to accept that developing players is the future as we can't afford to compete with English Championship teams financially. So let's accept it and get on with it

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