Showing posts with label Parkhead. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parkhead. Show all posts

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Celtic: form is temporary, class is permanent

Before I start this article, let me first assert that like all Rangers fans, I know there is a long way to go before we catch Celtic. Their squad was assembled at far higher sums than ours, and this Rangers is merely fledgling under Pedro Caixinha. Furthermore, there is a very high chance the gulf between the two will be exposed again when Rodgers’ under 12’s visit Ibrox later this month.

However, that all said, there is just a little simmering sense of something right now. From Celtic dropping points at Parkhead inside four matches to St Johnstone following going nearly the entire season last term before succumbing to Ross County, to last night’s absolute mollication by PSG, there is just a sense that while a sea of change has not quite opened up yet for Rangers or anyone else, Celtic seem more vulnerable than they have at any time.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Rangers sign Celtic player. Yes, really...

It is as rare as they come, but it is understood Rangers are to sign a Celtic player directly from the Parkhead Club for the first time since…ever?

Admittedly it is at the youth ranks, but nevertheless these are transactions rarer than diamonds, and in this instance it sees young goalkeeper Aidan McAdams switch from Parkhead to Ibrox at the U19s level, being 18 himself.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Celtic clash: these are the five big tests for Pedro

With Sunday’s Old Firm semifinal getting ever closer, Rangers could barely be going into the clash in better form. With only two goals conceded in our past seven matches and 17 dispatched, Rangers look a different prospect since the Loaf left, as new boss Pedro Caixinha impresses his philosophies on a previously beleaguered squad.

However, beating an admittedly solid Partick side at Ibrox is a slightly different prospect to overcoming the green and whites from the other side of the Clyde, and a number of key personnel and tactical issues surround Ped the Ted as he mulls over the XI he is set to send out onto the Hampden turf.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Old Firm: 8 things new Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha learned at Parkhead

After today’s pulsating Old Firm epic, Rangers earned their way to a well-deserved point in interim coach Graeme Murty’s final stand before returning to his conventional duties in charge of the U20s.

But watching from the Parkhead seats, his successor Pedro Caixinha was an interested spectator, assessing his charges in person before he takes his place in the Ibrox hotseat tomorrow, and there was a huge amount for the new man to ponder as he begins the monumental task of trying to reverse Rangers’ ailing fortunes of late.

With that said, Ibrox Noise gives you a few things our new manager would surely have learned about his squad from this epic encounter at Parkhead.

Old Firm: three reasons for a Rangers win...

Today is the day. In only a few hours, Rangers take the venomous turf at Parkhead for the last time under Graeme Murty, with anything less than three points accrued seeing Celtic’s direct lead over them remain at 33 points, or, worryingly, extend to 36. With the gap between the two already smashing all historical records, certainly post-war, Rangers do not want it any bigger, and this clash today sees every squad member given a ‘tabula rasa’.

Pedro Caixinha will be at Celtic Park to witness his new squad for the first time in the flesh, and the new manager’s advantage is a fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective with which to run the rule over the personnel at his disposal.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Progressive Rangers but same old outcome

Few would deny today’s performance at Ibrox was a higher-intensity, more energetic endeavour than has mostly been seen this season. While the play on offer was far from the very best we saw Warbs’ Rangers produce last season, it was probably the best display his men have put in this competitive season.

And yet, the same old outcome undermined any progress anyone might think had been made since the debacle at Parkhead.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Video - where it all went wrong for Rangers

With Rangers’ dreadful loss at the hands of bitter rivals Celtic still hurting two days afterwards, this brilliant video from Twitter user Dougie Wright goes further than most in explaining what Rangers got wrong.

If Mark Warburton was in any doubt as to where his team failed, his tactics crumpled and his defensive unit broke up, this exceptional piece of analysis by Dougie is set to dispel it.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Celtic 'fans' mock suicide - press not interested

While the press is filled with the poor conduct of a number of Rangers fans who disgraced themselves and the club by destroying the toilets at Parkhead, less prominent is the morally debasing sight of what home fans were up to ‘in the spirit of football’ yesterday.

As you will see from the photos, the banter went a little beyond the normal bounds of acceptability and into the realm of genuine bad taste.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Dreadful Rangers dismally destroyed

We cannot say the signs were not there. Rangers had not truly kicked a ball in anger since mid April, that being the Old Firm semi, and indeed the form had gone from underwhelming to downright poor.

Fleeting glimpses of decency against mediocre opposition gave supporters a superiority complex, making us feel we were better than we were, just because we were comfortable against East Stirling or destroyed Linfield.

But the truth is Mark Warburton’s Rangers have gone completely off the rails with the plunge now totalling three plus months of frankly disappointing at best football with extremely patchy results.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Who starts for Rangers?

Talk of Twitter, Facebook and pubs right now among Bears is Rangers’ starting XI tomorrow for the first league Old Firm encounter since 2012.

The hype around this match has reached fever pitch and rarely has an Old Firm clash been this eagerly anticipated, but one thing fans rarely seem to be able to agree on is who should don the Light Blue at Parkhead.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Fan vote; who will win? Rangers or Celtic?

As anyone who is not under a rock knows, and a few who are, Rangers travel to Parkhead for the first time since 2012 seeking to pick up a massive three points that would instill confidence and momentum and the crucial belief this Ibrox side can do something in the SPL following a shaky start to life back in the country’s top tier.

But just how many fans believe it? How many supporters believe Rangers can take a giant leap on the journey back towards being the rightful champions of Scotland by dispatching Celtic on their own turf?

Forget Joey Barton; this is about Rangers

All the hype over the past few months has centred on Joey Barton’s stunning transfer to Rangers. The English Championship’s player of the year was a truly left-field signing and captured the imagination of absolutely everyone in Scottish football, whether it was Rangers fans lauding it, or Celtic (and everyone else) fans hating on him.

However, much of that hype was generated by the player himself, in particular by goading Celtic’s Scott Brown over Twitter and mouthing off in general via that platform (and others).

But, while pleasing to the galleries up to a point for sure, it is absolutely critical to ignore it. This weekend is not about Joey Barton v Scott Brown. It is not about any one thing or player in particular.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Rangers' fan poll: to boycott away matches next season or not?

 Richard Fillingham

I try to make my articles both interesting and informative, however this next topic really does split opinion in our loyal support. So much so that a poll to find out the true percentage of the fans feelings would probably help everybody to decide the way forward - and what is best in the long term for our beloved club. I would like to address the outstanding question for a lot of the Rangers supporters for the forthcoming season.

Should Rangers fans boycott away grounds? At the end of the day, we are all individuals and we support our team in so many different ways.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Rangers, Celtic, Scott Allan & Karma

It was with a great deal amusement that news broke recently regarding former Rangers fan and club target Scott Allan’s link with a move out of Parkhead. Information received over a month ago by this site (but which elected to remain unpublished due to relative unimportance) was that he had expressed his desire to leave Celtic due to lack of playing time.

With Derby, Nottingham Forest & Bolton all reportedly interested in the playmaker, it highlights just how bad a decision he made to leave Hibs for Celtic rather than just waiting a few months to sign a pre-contract with Rangers, his supposed ‘boyhood club’.