Monday, 4 September 2017

Manager makes two startling admissions about Rangers striker

With yet another Rangers loanee hitting the ground running with goals, the bizarre jinx of Rangers ‘rejects’ doing superbly well at their new temporary homes has continued with Joe Dodoo becoming the latest.

One would have to say it is less a jinx and more a damning indictment of substandard management by a procession of rotten managers at Ibrox since Walter sadly called it a day, and going by Charlton boss Karl Robinson’s comments, it seems all the more plausible.

With his latest charge doing so well, the Addicks’ manager made a very valid comment about Dodoo and just where Rangers managers have been going wrong, while equally raising quite a paradox.

As Rangers fans will know, the few fleeting times Dodoo excelled in our shirt was behind the striker or alongside him in the 9 position, and crucially, in a central berth.

Once Pedro Caixinha was appointed the Ghanian striker found himself isolated out on the left wing and completely unable to do damage, and before long was axed entirely.

Now at Charlton Robinson has made that point and gone further:

"Since he went to Rangers, he has not played much as a number nine, which is the position he wants to play in and the position I want to play him in."

Dodoo has clearly been vocal about the position he is best in, and Robinson is only too happy to play him there.

But it was the following comment which makes one think even more:

“I’ve spoken to two or three players that have played with him at Rangers. I’ve spoken to the people that signed him, so four or five individuals. Their references were that “he’s a good ’un and someone that not many would have picked out”.

So Robinson has not only spoken to Dodoo’s ex (and possibly current) teammates, he has also engaged with quite possibly the man who brought him to Ibrox and who equally refused to select him consistently in the position he wanted; Mark Warburton.

And yet if all these team mates and all these managers can see what is in front of them, possibly including old Baldy himself, why on earth does the lad find himself on the outside at Ibrox?

It opens the bigger picture too for the likes of O’Halloran, Waghorn, Garner – ok, these guys probably are not all proper Rangers standard, but it definitely does not account for how astonishingly poor or mismanaged they were at Ibrox.

With a full week ahead before Rangers host Dundee, Pedro will be hoping the players he has elected to plump with vindicate him. Some sure are, the likes of Morelos, Cardoso and Jack starting to look like shrewd business, but with patchy form a hindrance, Rangers could use a good run of form to show the players they do not currently have were not even needed.


  1. I can't believe I am reading this - I appreciate a lot of your posts, but come on, did you not watch Waghorn = rubbish, did you not watch Garner = rubbish, did you not watch Dodoo = not convincing etc etc etc.

    A good player will look exactly that even when played out of position, Dodoo didn't!

    O'Hallaron is the only case to be made, but again, maybe, just maybe, he is revelling in the 'no pressure at all' climate in Perth?

    So please get a grip and be balanced by at least 'possibly' suggesting that our league is actually not as bad as everyone makes out - surely that is more of a rational reason for the dross we had now doing 'so' well (it is early days) in England.

  2. So you are relying on Warbs as a reference? You make much of the guys doing well immediately after they left. But almost everyone knows they weren't good enough for us. In fairness all good strikers require a good midfield. We were lacking there the last few years. Our midfield was lightweight tanner ball players and were swept aside too easily. Also Barry wasn't up for fight. I believe with Pena, Jack, Dorrans and possibly Windass we have beginning of a good midfield. Nico is past it sadly but Pedro is stuck with him. Kenny is also too old but put yourself in Pedro's position. Who would you play or bring in? I expect us to finish 2nd this year. I expect Wags, Garner and Barry to finish mid table if they do manage to hold down their places. Come January I expect to see 2 new faces and a year from now Pedro will have his team in place to go on and win title. Get behind the team.

  3. Good comment guys .. Dodoo suffered from the same thing these so called knowledgeable managers always do, they think they can play a lad out of position at their insistence , Warburton was terrible for this, only a few of the great Managers can pull this off . It doesn't surprise me that these lads are scoring , playing for Rangers brings special pressure , however if given at chance at what they think they are then perhaps... Still waiting for Penna to step up...if he doesn't then Pedro has to go Herrera not good enough for the top half of SPL ... Lets see how it pans WATP

    1. Totally agree Bill. It can be a big mental burden for some players to be played out of position. Adds a lot of pressure, hits their confidence. McCoist, Hately, Law playing on either wing and also encouraged to fall back into defensive positions is a horrible thought. Just don't understand the logic.

  4. I suppose it's all about opinions. As I have said before, if all the "rejects" were scoring goals against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd, Spurs etc etc etc, I'd say you had a valid point. However, they didn't!! Therefore they are playing in a league/team that is suited to their standards and ability. Charlton Athletic are in league one for goodness sake, but I do think Dodoo is better than that and should be with a better team! And they wont be playing against a 10-0-0 formation every week. They just did not make the grade at Rangers.
    Pedro had watched these players for the last quarter of last season, therefore made his assessment that all these players do not fit into his plans.
    We cannot criticise Pedro for getting it right, because I didn't see any EPL teams kicking down our Ibrox doors to sign them!! Our biggest enemy for the past years has been inconsistency, we need a good run badly.

    1. Good points, GersJimbo. All of them.

      I contend that if these guys can perform successfully at League 1 or Championship level in England, they have the quality to succeed in Scotland vs all teams except maybe Celtic. The quality of teams below Celtic in this league is quite dreadful, and we need to stop making excuses for why we're not collecting all 3 points nine Saturdays out of ten. The point about formation that we play against (10-0-0) is a valid one, but a quality side will find a way to win regardless. We've always faced that and always found a way to win without resorting to excuses. Moreover, teams do the same thing can Celtic, and they're finding ways to win and score goals. I don't see why they can do it and we can't.

  5. After all he can always come back! Early days and in League One so let's not get too critical. If he wasn't going to get a game then get him off the wage bill and get him some game time. Win win....

  6. The guys only on loan if he scores 20+ goals then maybe he deserves another chance if he doesn't he can leave simple

  7. They all can get goals but not here maybe it comes down to the standard they can play too but here in Scotland you are only worth £1 million or less some times a wee bit more if you score 30 goals plus, if you want to be in the £10/15 million plus players then your own standard must be score goals in CL GAMES OR YOU ARE ONLY WORTH A MILLION WRONG MAYBE BUT A FACT IT IS.

  8. What's the problem. Dodoo is on six months loan to get games, then hell be reassessed. If O'Halleran such a great player clubs should be lining up to buy him. But their not. Tells you his real value. We won't get our money back on him. He has no football brain brain and that is not Pedro's fault. Like all good managers he got rid of the deadwood as soon as possible. You'll see the best of his team next year.


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