Rangers pre-season; five things we learned against TNS

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Steven Gerrard’s managerial reign
got off to a good start today with a frankly convincing win over Welsh
champions The New Saints.
Despite going behind early on,
Gerrard’s men dominated the match entirely and deserved the three goals
courtesy of Serge Atakayi, Jamie Murphy and Ross McCrorie.
Ibrox Noise takes you through
things we think we learned:
1: That pre-season camp in Spain paid
dividends. TNS were a fortnight ahead of Rangers in fitness, and yet Rangers’
superior composure and workrate would have suggested it was they ahead of
schedule. The players were hungry, energetic, and it bodes extremely well for a
tough season ahead if the squad looks this sprightly after only barely over two
weeks together.
2: It was only a friendly but
defending was surprisingly weak for TNS’ early goal, with slightly shorter front
man Dean Ebbe getting his header in ahead of the stopper far too easily. This
is the time to make these errors though, and hopefully things continue to build
and improve as the action hots up.
3: Serge Atakayi is continuing to
impress, including his goal – admittedly a simple tap in, the young winger is
doing his case no harm at all and he may just be one of those Stevie Ger is
looking to promote.
4: For those looking for the
quick exit of Andy Halliday, his heavy involvement in this game was countered
by a penalty miss – we just can’t predict which way Gerrard will call him.
5: Rumours abound that Jordan
Rossiter has had another injury – conspicuous by his absence today, the
midfielder is said to have suffered a fresh blow. We hope this is not the case
but we can’t imagine why else he would have been absent.
It’s a good start for Gerrard,
but tougher tests await.

8 COMMENTS

  1. MacGregor and Wes didn’t get a game, I suspect SG is still deciding which one to off load from Jak and Wes. MacGregor will be the number one keeper

  2. Most importantly, we won! That's advancement in itself from last year. Hope the lads get a wee boost and build on that.
    Great to see Serge Atakayi getting a goal, I like this lad, hope he continues to impress. Ross MccRorie too, hopefully the big fella continues to improve.
    Just get Halliday TF, he is a feckin liability!
    Early days, but I would take 3-1 in every game we play. Well done lads, great start.

  3. Hope Middleton and atakayi are in the mix this season , 2 great young players with bags of pace and potential, as far rossiter I fear the worst, the kid is a fantastic football player but looks to be made of tissue paper, anyway all positives I cannot wait for the new season to start 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

  4. Middleton made a very strong run to the byline for Atakayi's goal. Can see him pushing Candieas for that right wing spot

  5. I’m not convinced anything can be extracted from today’s game. As for Halliday? It’s a fucking joke he’s still there and he’s an imposter with the red’est of necks. Then again we all knew that yesterday.

    • Let somebody who knows football a whole lot better than you decide if Andy Halliday is for the off…I agree that he probably lacks the quality required to take us up a level but one thing he has always shown is that he is a loyal bluenose through and through…which is something you and those like you certainly don't seem to be…running our own into the ground??? Piss poor in my opinion. If Stevie G decides Andy is no longer required then we should thank him for his effort and commitment and let the lad move on with his head held high having lived the dream…it must be a bloody nightmare for him reading how his own 'fans' treat him…WATP

  6. The fact that Halliday is anywhere near the team is an indication that we have still a long way to go despite Stevie G’s best efforts.

  7. I am with RFC55 , this type of continual shit about Halliday is why it is taken so long to field a good team . You have build a team you don't get instant success .

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