Wednesday, 9 August 2017

"The Three (ex) Bears"


If you will forgive the rather awful headline, tonight Rangers host Dunfermline in the League Cup’s second round with a few small subplots brewing.

First off there is a small debate on the site over whether Pedro Caixinha will ring the changes ala League Cup style in order to give fringe players game time, or whether he will elect for continuity and stick with a similar XI to the last two fixtures.

Secondly the breaking news today that £3.5M summer signing Carlos Pena remains as far away from first team action as it is possible to be, raising a question or two as to why he was signed. The lad has been put on a specialised training regime and Pedro has confirmed he is some way off being ready yet. The 29 year old appears to be struggling with just about everything since his move to Ibrox, and fans can only hope he acclimatises within a reasonable time.

And last but not least the three ex-Bears. In fairness, they all remain Rangers fans but Fraser Aird, Dean Shiels and Nicky Clark are set to line up in the away dressing room tonight as all three are now under the guidance of Allan Johnston in Scotland’s second top tier, and each will be chomping at the bit to show Rangers how wrong they were to let them go.

All three carried themselves well at Ibrox, and while their standards varied in quality, sadly none were good enough for the level Rangers need, but all did us a turn at a time when we needed loyalty, and for this author, that says a lot.

Consequently any loyalties will be left at the Ibrox door when these guys take the field, although few of a Rangers persuasion would completely begrudge one of them a goal as long as Rangers still run out comfortable winners.

This will in fact be one of the very few occasions to memory Rangers have faced more than one ex-player on an opposition team for quite some time (2012 onward), although readers can feel free to fill me in on that one. The only other example to mind is Kilmarnock with Boyd and Smith, albeit with Jig in their dugout as well.

Nevertheless tonight could be an interesting old match – let us know your thoughts on it in the usual place folks.

6 comments:

  1. Pena is looking more and more like Pedro's pet project and a luxury we couldn't afford under the present circumstances. At £3.5 million we needed a player that was ready to contribute to the cause from day one - big time. This sort of money would have been better spent on bringing Naismith back up the road. We can only hope he turns out to be one hell of a player!

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  2. Pena looks massively short on fitness, and quite overweight. My hope is that this is shock treatment to make him do something about it.

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  3. From 2 million to 3.5 million who knows the fee probably somewhere in the middle but he's 27 not 29. I like the look of the guy hopefully we can get him fit looks like he could be a real player.

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  4. Excellent, professional performance from the boys tonight. Happy for wee Morales, a vast improvement from him. Alves and Cardosos, what can I say? Pure class again, they hardly broke sweat. As the players walked off the pitch at half-time, Alves gave a round of applause to the fans and again when they emerged from the tunnel after the break; a class example for all our young players. The whole team did well. Josh is more effective through the middle than out wide but he and Candeias put a good shift in. 5-0 up and we bring on a class sub in Niko Krancjar. Absolutely superb. We're beginning to look like the Rangers of old.

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  5. i would rather we had tried to tempt steven davis back? if the £3.5m is correct.w could ave topped it up.

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  6. Don't believe for a minute it was 3.5m probably closer to 2m same as garner was nowhere near 1.8m

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