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13 Dec 2017 23:24:45
I just want to single out Josh Windass for praise. He is in fine form and his goals have been the reason we have picked up points recently, especially given the fact he has scored at both Easter Road and Pittodrie.

Looks like we might have a striking partner for Morelos.

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1.) 14 Dec 2017 00:00:34
I’ve been praising him all season for his performances vs last season and some gave me pelters on here.

He’s never a winger in his life, supporting striker/ CF all day. He’s racking the goals up now.


2.) 14 Dec 2017 00:27:07
Good result and we’ll take it given our lack of luck in some games this season but the reality is we are papering over the cracks and we need better quality and belief from our team if we are to secure a challenge for second never mind Celtic


3.) 14 Dec 2017 01:37:21
You need luck sometimes MOLS. And we’ve had he has this season. As far as I’m concerned that’s us even vs Hibs for the shambles of a refereeing display at Ibrox.

It was a hard fought win. Luck played it’s part but even the best teams get their lucky breaks. Try and enjoy the win eh.


4.) 14 Dec 2017 01:44:09
MOLS I for one will take papering over the cracks if it means 3 points players deserve credit tonight for battle


 

 

10 Dec 2017 10:13:16
Hi,

This is my first post and I was interested in gathering people's thoughts on a suggestion for the next manager at our club:

The board made a suggestion that nobody out of work is suitable to the job, but I seem to disagree.
There are a few managers that I think would be a success wearing the navy suit, brown brogues and club tie.

The popular choice being Frank De Boer. But I'd also like to make a case for Martin Jol.

He has been out of work for the last 18 months, where he left Egyptian side Al Ahly as league champions.
Possibly the fact his last post was in Egypt is the reason that he has been forgotten, and not discussed when managerial posts become vacant.

Jol is well known for his successful spells at Spurs and Fulham. Finishing his two full seasons with spurs in 5th place, and finishing his two seasons at Fulham in 9th and 12th place.

Jol has two Dutch Cup successes to his name but unfortunately not the Eredivise title. He finished one point behind FC Twente in his closest attempt. In that same season Ajax won 14 consecutive games at the end of the season, and posted a record goal difference in Dutch football, double the goal difference of the next best team's. This shows a manager with the tactical nous to open up teams to score goals, but be defensively tough to score against.

I also think he is a realistic appointment and affordable.

If we are looking for managers who have a proven success at winning trophies we have to define that success. Managers who have won recognisable leagues such as top European leagues are likely to be out of our budget. Caixinha had a proven record of delivering trophies but he was doing this at a level lesser than or club demands. And if he had been winning trophies and leagues in a decent European league (i. e. Portugal, Netherlands, even English championship) he may have demanded too high a salary.
Martin Jol has delivered a high level of success with regards to his managed club's expectations. This might not be trophies but success is success.

I'd like to think he should be contacted by our club as a potential candidate, so we can assess. And maybe one day he can proudly wear the navy suit, brown brogues and club tie.

I also think we should open talks with Frank De Boer, and maybe also Cristoph Daum (another not mentioned by the media) . A conversation will at least determine if these three individuals are right for the job and if they are interested. In my opinion, all three of these managers have a better trophy success and CV than Derek McInnes.

What are your thoughts?

MarkD87

1.) 10 Dec 2017 10:47:27
welcome to the board mate. Actually think that is a good shout that would be worth exploring. Be prepared for the "he doesnae bleed blue" comments haha


2.) 10 Dec 2017 11:44:37
I struggle to think of anyone who bleeds blue that will be a good appointment. Derek McInnes was the best of that lot and he still divided opinion.

Obviously we can all dream of a Walter Smith era again but we have just been fortunate that a manager of his quality is one of us. I think he deserves his right to retirement for the service he has given us. But would be delighted if he fancies one last gig.

All the other supposed "bleed blue" options like GVB are only adopted to the family, not born into it, so anyone new can be adopted into the family and become a Ranger in time


3.) 10 Dec 2017 12:23:36
Stuart McCall


4.) 10 Dec 2017 16:57:37
Yip martin jol would be a good shout. Forget de boer, couldn't hack it at inter or palace.


5.) 10 Dec 2017 16:58:04
I know from a family member, he would love to come to Rangers - he is not wholly driven by money either, I am told.


6.) 10 Dec 2017 17:05:49
Stuart McCall had 2 games against motherwell to get job. Didn't manage it. Martin Jol not sure but thought board said British manager. I think we will end up with big Eck.

Would love Gio but doubt will happen.

Anyway will be backing whoever comes in whenever that might be.

Safe hands with Graeme Murty I feel.


7.) 10 Dec 2017 20:01:32
McCall may prove to be the right man but I wouldn't gamble on him now. Let's see what kind of manager he evolves into, and see what kind of job he does at Bradford.

We need a manager who has several successful years and McCall hasn't achieved that yet for me. But maybe one for a future opportunity.


 

 

 

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13 Jan 2018 01:57:39
I'd look at loaning him out. But only to a premiership side, or top four championship side (Scottish leagues obviously)

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13 Jan 2018 01:55:57
Seems a sensible guy. He loves the club, fans, Glasgow, and I'd love him to be a success.
He knows he is privileged to be playing for the famous.

Here is hoping he can become an important squad player, or even more. I haven't seen enough yet that makes me think he will. But it can take time for people to settle. Vidic was an awful defender in his first season at Man U, and I mean awful.

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29 Dec 2017 23:46:06
Sell for his release clause of £3-£3.5m
Or sell for minimum £1-£1.5m up front with add ons and sell on fee clauses. We can't lose out on any profit to be made on him because he has and still is improving at us.

Personally I'd keep him. If he is a first eleven player under Murty we shouldn't sell. Same for any starting player, unless it's an inflated offer. That will only make us weaker.

We then buy only players to improve our first eleven. We don't need any more squad players just those who improve the first eleven.

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29 Dec 2017 04:57:55
We should stop giving out such long contracts to every squad member.
Declan John should have been two and a half years, at most.

I agree Wilson should probably be signed up on a new contract. But I'd give him a one year extension. We then revisit it this time next year and see if we extend another year; don't offer an extension; or extend it for 2 or 3 years if he consistently proves to be a starter every game.

We have too easily given out long contracts to those who shouldn't have got them, i. e. Halliday being given three years. Then we are left with squad members not wanted, and thus restricting our funds for recruitment.

Only players I'd consider for contracts of three or more years are Morelos, Tav, and maybe Fod. These players would probably consider leaving if there was interest down south (championship) .
I'd also consider for Jack and McRorie, but I can't see them wanting to leave us for potential suitors. The McRorie situation mead change if he continues to improve and reaches potential EPL standard. If that happens even consider five and six year contacts. I'd do the same with any player who reaches EPL standard, i. e. potentially Morelos.

Basically, if:
-EPL standard contract length of 5+ years, and bit to let run down to below 2 years.
-Eng Championship (top half of table) standard 2-3 years (less for those who have an affinity with us as they are less likely to leave), and not to run down below 1 year
-Everyone else maximum 2 years and prove your worth for a renewal.

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29 Dec 2017 04:05:40
I partly agree with this. He is a first eleven player, so is clearly rated by our current manager.
For that reason I'd extend his contract by only twelve months. Evaluate his performances this time next year and consider another contract, maybe even a longer contract if his performances are still good and a first eleven player.

We have given out too many long contacts to players over recent years and we need to be more prudent with this. Players like Halliday were given three year contacts, when we should be looking at giving long contracts to players with potential who may seek a move away. The only players I would want on contacts of three years or longer are Morelos, Tav and maybe Fod. Players like Jack and McRorie may also be worth long contacts but I can't see anyone coming in for them where they'd rather be playing football, at the moment. We have to watch McRorie closely to see how he develops then he might even be worth a five year contract if he becomes EPL quality.

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