Showing posts with label Scott Allan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scott Allan. 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.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Karma, Rangers, Celtic, and Scottish football

What a difference one result has made. From Rangers’ dire straits in 2012 which saw effectively an entire club start again in the wilderness of Scotland’s lowest senior tier, to the echelons of Sunday’s mammoth Old Firm win which has led to near-certain European competition, a realistic shot at next season’s Premiership crown and promises of a £5M warchest for Rangers’ magical manager Mark Warburton.

Compare this with events east of the city, where the playing squad is in disarray (though I still could not name many of them), the manager is confirmed as gone in a month and the CEO is being touted for a job in England.

Four long years of hell for Rangers fans is seeing karma spreading throughout Scottish football for the suffering supporters tolerated. And you cannot say these clubs and their fans did not have it coming.

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 Information received over a month ago by this site (but which elected to remain unpublished due to relative unimportance) was that he had expressed his desire to leave Celtic due to lack of playing time.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’.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Report: Arsenal's Gedion Zelalem & his brilliance at Ibrox

When Rangers failed to snatch former Hibs’ playmaker Scott Allan, it was regarded as a major blow by many of an Ibrox persuasion, certain that the team needed him to solve the ‘regista’ problem plaguing the midfield.

Rangers, put simply, lacked a deep-lying playmaker – or the famous ‘Pirlo’ position; the kind of player who could dictate the pace of the game, slowing it down or speeding it up as and when needed, who could pick out the right pass, bring others into play and critically put his foot on the ball.

From absolutely nowhere, manager Mark Warburton pulled not just a rabbit out of a hat, but the magician’s assistant and half the stage props too when he persuaded Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to loan 18-year old USA youth international Gedion Zelalem to Ibrox until January, with a potential extension based on circumstances.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

McGregor to Hibs - hypocrisy again from Easter Road

          "In the face of continued media interest, Hibernian Football Club can confirm that Scott Allan has today handed in a written transfer request.

This comes on the back of two unwelcome and uninvited approaches from Rangers FC regarding Scott, the first for £175,000 and the second for £225,000.

Hibernian FC has refused both bids because the Club has no wish to transfer a valuable player to strengthen a major rival in the battle to win the Championship and gain promotion to the Premiership.

Hibernian’s position has not changed. The player will not be sold to Rangers."

-Hibernian statement, 28th July 2015.

          “We’re delighted to be able to welcome Darren into the group – his arrival provides real competition for places.

He has always played well against us and he is strong, experienced player and a good professional.

We're always looking to strengthen the squad and the arrival of Darren will do exactly that."

-Hibernian statement, 25th August 2015

Saturday, 22 August 2015

From Ian Black to Rangers are back

December 27th 2014, Rangers’ final match of last calendar year, and it was Kenny McDowall’s debut as manager.

Rangers visited Easter Road, and were taught a football lesson by Scott Allan and co as the home side destroyed the visitors 4-0. Rangers were ‘blessed’ with the likes of Ian Black and Kyle Hutton in midfield, alongside an underperforming Nicky Law.

Looking at the difference today, with new manager Mark Warburton’s latest signing Gedion Zelalem confirmed for the centre of the park, is almost unbelievable.

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.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Scott who? How Rangers have proved he wasn't even needed

Only days after ex-long term Rangers target Scott Allan swore his allegiances to the wrong team, one can only wonder if ‘boyhood Rangers fan’ Allan looked on at the Indodrill Stadium on Sunday with more than a hint of ‘what might have been’.

The truth is Rangers are not just flying, they have plain left Planet Earth and are in outer space now. Ok slight exaggeration but you get my point. The performance in Clackmannanshire yesterday was the best illustration of the absolutely staggering progress Mark Warburton has made in just two months.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Warburton's biggest test yet

With the blasted Scott Allan saga finally over, Rangers can move on at long last, onto things that truly matter. And that begins tomorrow at Recreation Park, and a trip to Rangers’ (former) bogey side Alloa Athletic where so many recent Ibrox managers have struggled to get a result.

Indeed, it was not till, oddly, Kenny McDowall took the trip to Clackmannanshire that Rangers managed their first win v the Wasps on their own patch since 1922. Admittedly the two have only faced each other on Alloa’s territory three times in history, but post-admin Rangers struggled to get anything more than a point there.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Scott Allan: the backwater politics of a backwater game

Thursday the 13th of August saw a new low for the petty-minded vindictiveness of what passes for the Scottish game of football these days.

The Scott Allan saga, already an excruciating episode of tug-of-war between Rangers and Hibs, took another seedy turn when Parkhead pathetics Celtic decided to use the situation to their advantage to deflect from their own humiliations.

On Wednesday night, already hurt from damning criticism of their opening-day atrocity at the hands of Dundee then further loss at Pittodrie, Kilmarnock produced an angry response and spirited display to nick two points away from the visitors and nab themselves a very credible 2-2 draw at Rugby Park.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Newsround: an eventful few days at Ibrox

What a lively 48+ hours we have had at Ibrox. As if Rangers fans have not experienced enough news in recent years, the past few days have certainly ramped up the Rangers experience once again.

Here is a nice, bite-size summary of everything that has been going on over the past few days to get our readers up to date as much as possible with all things Rangers.

Comeback v St Mirren by U20s:

After being 3-1 down at St Mirren Park, Ian Durrant’s side produced a sterling comeback to win on the night 4-3, showing that despite the odd blip now and then, the Club’s youth program continues to bear fruit.

Celtic to bid for Scott Allan

After months of the Scott Allan saga, today the story took another twist when Sky Sources reported Celtic have taken an interest in the playmaker.

Allan, who put in a transfer request a number of weeks ago, has long been known as a Rangers fan and is eager to clinch his dream move to Ibrox, but this latest development will certainly test that resolve.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Roundup: Rangers' transfer targets

With the close of the window only around three weeks away and a massive personnel turnover already accrued at Ibrox, it does appear transfer business is reaching its slow-burning conclusion.

With that in mind, here is a full round-up of all the current links, speculation, and deals in the Rangers' pipeline to see out the last month of the summer.

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.