Showing posts with label Alan Stubbs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alan Stubbs. Show all posts

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Rangers v Hibs - the seven deadly sins

Rangers face Hibs today in what probably counts as the first serious test of the new season. While the result in Luxembourg was a disaster, it should not have happened against such a poor side, and Hibs represent a significant step up in quality, on a level of serious competition.

With the Easter Road men coming to Govan, Ibrox Noise decided to take our readers on a trip down memory lane as to where this new-found rivalry derives its origins and just what all the subplots and fuss are about, exactly.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Hibs v Rangers - what Rangers need to fix

 Richard Fillingham

The Hibernian 'fans' Hampden pitch invasion is totally inexcusable in this day and age! This type of behaviour in the year 2016 is simply not acceptable, but I would prefer to concentrate on the football and focus on the Scottish Cup final.

In the first 27 minutes of the game, right up until our equalising goal from an unstoppable Kenny Miller header, I thought that Rangers had performed very averagely. It took a brilliant Tavernier cross right on to Kenny’s head to get us back into a game that looked like heading away from us.

The problem with our all-out attacking system put together from our wonderful manager Mark Warburton, is, that if we give the ball away too cheaply, with a bad pass by any of our midfield players, it puts our defence in immediate trouble and our two centre backs simply are not strong, sharp or good enough to cope with the fast breakaways, and it happens far too often to be a coincidence.

Back to the football - what went wrong for Rangers?

After the chaos of yesterday’s post-match riot, back to the football; but let us get something out of the way first; this entry is going to be a little more emotive than usual, so if emotion is not what you want then read no further.

We shall start with the truth; Hibs were worthy winners yesterday. Just like they were after the Old Firm semi, just like Livi were at Almondvale.

Since Rangers won against Celtic the players have downed tools and been unable or unwilling to pick them up again. Form since that Hampden clash has read three losses and two draws.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Hibs v Rangers

It is almost upon us; a chance for Rangers to truly stick a rugged middle finger up at Scottish football by clinching the game’s showpiece trophy at the national stadium.

The journey to this point has been a long and arduous one; four years of effective hell until we reached a pivotal time where we started to attract Joey Barton rather than Ian Black.

Spare a (reluctant) thought for Hibs mind you; they have had to wait since 1902 to lift the Scottish Cup, and if Warbs’ men show up as they should, Stubbs’ side will be waiting even longer.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Will Rangers lift their 34th Scottish Cup?

 Greg Roots

Mark Warburton will attempt to guide Rangers to a 34th Scottish Cup victory this Saturday with Alan Stubbs’ Hibs the only thing standing in our way of a swift return to European football after our demotion in 2012. The Championship and Petrofac Cup were our bread and butter this season, with most fans expecting us to claim both trophies without too much of a challenge. However, it is a testament to the remarkable job that Warburton has done that we are on the verge of clinching Scotland’s most prestigious cup competition as well as European nights at Ibrox being a realistic thing in the near future.

There is no living Hibs fan that has seen their team win the Scottish Cup, and the green half of Edinburgh are hoping to see the Hibees lift the trophy for the first time since 1903. The reality is, though, that regardless of which Hibs side turn up, Warburton’s men are more than capable of seeing off any Scottish outfit on their day – as proven in the semis when we controlled the game vs Celtic. This means, however, that whichever Rangers team turns up will be key in determining who lifts the cup.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Rangers' fan poll: Martyn Waghorn and the Scottish Cup Final

Richard Fillingham

On Saturday 21st of May at Hampden Park we have the chance to win a glorious treble for the first time in years. Obviously it is a different treble than the one we got used to in the golden years of Rangers’ continued successes.

The new treble is the Championship League, the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) Challenge Cup or “Petrofac Cup”, which we have already won of course and, now, it is hopefully our time to win the Scottish Cup again against Hibernian. Even if we win the forthcoming Hampden final, it is a treble we will NEVER want to ever win again.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Rumour mill: Hibs star wants switch to Ibrox

As yet unsourced rumours surfacing today have claimed that Hibs’ star forward Jason Cummings desires to make the switch from Easter Road to Ibrox this summer.

The 20-year old attacker has been long-linked with a move to Rangers, despite some very public ‘banter’ at the expense of the Govan giants such as claiming they were ‘rattled’ following the loss at Easter Road earlier in the season:

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Hibs' unwanted 3IAR, while Rangers charge back to Premiership

It is now almost 49 months since Rangers went into administration and ended up in the wastelands of Scottish football, with cold nights at backwater away grounds in the nether regions of the national game becoming a regular feature.

Rangers, as a Club, and as an institution, have been through hell and back. The fanbase has suffered four long years in purgatory, waiting for Rangers to finally return where they belong, and now, with an astonishing 14-point gap suddenly tearing open at the top of the Championship, that eventuality is within touching distance.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Hibs' bottle crashes again as Rangers go 11 clear

Only a few days ago this site published this piece discussing how Hibs’ failure at home to Morton had given Rangers all the incentive in the world to rule the Championship with an iron fist, losing as they did by 3-0 at Easter Road.

Well, today they have gone one step better – not only crumbling for the second loss in a row, but quite simply handing Rangers the title after Mark Warburton’s men secured all three points against St Mirren.

Rangers now lead Alan Stubbs’ side by a colossal 11 points, and that means the Ibrox men have three losses and a draw in their locker as insurance even if Hibs now win every single match between now and the end of the season.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Hibs' shock loss - Premiership now beckons for Rangers

If ever Rangers had incentive to keep driving home the wins, gritty or otherwise, tonight was it.

Warburton’s men’s closest rivals, Hibernian, used their game in hand to capitulate wildly at Easter Road this evening, crumbling 0-3 to the side from Greenock who not only strolled to that comfortable scoreline in Edinburgh, but mostly matched their hosts for possession as well.

It is a stunning result which sustains Rangers’ comfortable lead of eight points at the summit of the Championship, and summed up Stubbs’ side’s propensity for ‘bottling’ big moments, a characteristic which summed up their absolute humbling against then-Accies’ manager Alex Neil’s Hamilton side who found themselves benefitting from Terry Butcher’s men’s failure to impose themselves when it counted most.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Rangers continue to be targeted - nothing ever changes

Rangers finally appeared to end their recent slump on Monday with a more-than convincing win over second-placed Hibernian. Indeed, the final score was an impressive 4-2 victory, but the truth is few outside Scottish football would even be aware of it such has been the native media’s predictable focus on off-field matters.

This match, hyped up beyond mention in recent weeks, was a titanic top of the table clash, one which would likely swing the balance of the league’s destiny in the direction of whoever came out victors.

All the pre-match talk was of Rangers’ poor form, Hibs’ impressive unbeaten run since the last encounter between the two at Ibrox, and the ‘mind games’ between Rangers’ boss Mark Warburton and the ever-embarrassing attempts from Alan Stubbs to destabilise efforts at Ibrox.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Why Fraser Fyvie owes Rangers' Andy Halliday an apology

Without beating about the bush, Andy Halliday was completely cheated yesterday at Ibrox by an opponent endeavouring to get a fellow pro sent off.

Hibs midfielder Fraser Fyvie, recently praising of Rangers to then-fellow team mate Rob Kiernan at Wigan prior to the defender’s move north, engaged in a flagrant disregard for dignity and honesty and feigned the receipt of a headbutt from Rangers’ defensive anchor.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Warburton & Stubbs prove it's all about the Rangers

When Rangers manager Mark Warburton was loosely shortlisted as a candidate for the vacant Fulham position, the media went into overdrive and heckled him incessantly over the speculation.

Indeed, it became so intense for the former Brentford man that he had to systematically set about taking it apart formally at his pre-Raith press conference, putting any lingering notions of an untimely departure aside by repeatedly answering the same questions in an assured manner.

In short, he told the media where to go, and that he was happy at Ibrox with full commitment to the job – his defiance over the claims of departure, mainly by the BBC, were a reaction to the persistence of the BBC’s Jonathan Sutherland pressing him on it time and time again, and by the time the conference was over it surely put the nonsense to bed, once and for all.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Why Rangers fans need to wake up to Hibs' threat

When this entry was published here in September, as you will see from the comments, it was rather ridiculed by a section of supporters.

That ridicule was especially fuelled by their surprise draw when St Mirren went to Easter Road and left with a point, especially given Ian Murray’s men’s lowly position in the table.

However, events since that unexpected result have given further credence to the view that Rangers’ title chances have a real threat on their hands, with Mark Warburton only too well aware his adversary Alan Stubbs has begun to cultivate a winning team and one which is benefitting from an extra season of building over their Ibrox counterparts.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Rangers star dismisses Hibs' slurs

Rangers’ striker Martyn Waghorn has launched a subtle broadside at Championship rivals Hibs by dismissing their publicly quoted spats at his side.

The leading goalscorer at Ibrox laughed off the repeated slurs from the likes of Alan Stubbs and Jason Cummings and suggested Rangers will do their talking on the park rather than off it.

The former Wigan man said:

Friday, 9 October 2015

Rangers take another from Easter Road as bitter rivalry intensifies

With the news Rangers have secured the captain of Scotland’s U16s Jack Adamson from under the nose of Hibernian, who had developed him from ages 12-16, one cannot help feeling the Scott Allan saga has left a sense of permanent bad blood between the Clubs, and Rangers add the youngster to the increasing number of personnel the Ibrox side have pinched from Easter Road.

Only two months ago Rangers also persuaded then-Hibernian fitness coach Craig Flannigan to switch from Edinburgh to Murray Park, a move which will be pushed through once Stubbs’ men have found a replacement. Flannigan, as last heard, is currently serving his notice.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Stubbs' backs down while Hibs struggle to sell Ibrox allocation

The latest reports ahead of Rangers’ Championship league clash with current nemeses Hibernian is that Sunday’s guests will not be bringing a full away crowd to Ibrox, such is their present inability to sell the full 900 briefs as per their allocation.

The fixture, preceded by a bigger war of words and ‘mind games’ than usually seen for matches in the Championship, could go a long way to deciding the destination of the league title and automatic promotion, but apparently Easter Road’s faithful are unwilling to witness such an important match first-hand.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Alan Stubbs and his embarrassing 'mind games'

The English Premier League was once graced by one of the greatest managers who ever lived in Govan's most famous son; Sir Alex Ferguson.

Beyond his sheer brilliance tactically and commensurate ability to get more out of players than they even knew they could produce was his legendary practice of mind games.

Arsene Wenger was a long-time victim of these, and overall many would have to concede Sir Alex had the edge. Ferguson’s spiritual successor Jose Mourinho has also been more than a tad partial to indulging in these psychological bouts of warfare, and to his credit, he has been more than competent at them.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Stubbs: "Allan will cost you £1M"

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs has today formally put a price tag of £1,000,000 on the head of marquee midfielder Scott Allan.

The 23-year old is subject to the biggest transfer saga in Scotland this summer, and has handed in a transfer request to the Easter Road outfit to confirm his desire to switch to Ibrox.

But Hibs have repeatedly peddled the line that they refuse to sell him to Rangers, and have rejected three bids from Ibrox, the highest of which scaled around £300,000.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Scott Allan saga; don't forget there's a match on

This afternoon sees the latest instalment of the ongoing Rangers v Hibernian saga, a soap opera which dominated the Championship last season and saw Rangers come out on top, particularly in the playoff.

However, unless you have been living under a rock, you will know the entire match has been swamped under the Scott Allan affair.

Confirmed events so far are that Rangers have submitted two bids, the latest totalling £250,000, and buoyed by the chance to switch to his boyhood heroes, the player himself has informed his employers of the desire to leave them.