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Team: Rangers

Where from: Stevenston

Favourite player: Shota adverladze

Best team moment: Lovenkrands winner against celtic at hampden

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04 Jan 2017 07:25:24
John toral from arsenal is apparently top target now? Other than to keep relations going with arsenal why bother? we will get second comfortably enough so why bring in a youngster on loan when we have guys of our own we could be developing.


1.) 04 Jan 2017 09:30:39
Unfortunately it doesn't look likely. We have had discussions but we are reluctant to pay the 50% of wage we would need to pay (he is currently on 30k - 15k has been deemed too much) .
Some may remember I wrote last week about a prem team player on loan in Spain but talks had broken down.
This was your man.

2.) 04 Jan 2017 10:47:16
he is not on 30k a week he is from what I am led to belive is the same as Gedion Zelalem which was 10-15k a week so we could manage it as bartons wages have gone.

3.) 04 Jan 2017 11:06:17
As long as he is a player that improves the current side then I am all for it! Find it strange that Hardie was allowed out on loan considering our severe lack of centre forwards, would like to see a defensive midfielder in to take hallidays place, I think that would really shore up our defence and another striker who is a proven goal scorer.

4.) 04 Jan 2017 11:07:59
Jon toral is a very good attacking midfielder and better than any player in that position currently at ibrox! So that's why bother, nic-861!

5.) 04 Jan 2017 11:13:32
Would like to see Burt and the boy Thompson promoted to first team squad in second half of season.

6.) 04 Jan 2017 11:44:29
Ibrox Loyal, I got this info 2nd hand but came from MW himself.
Don't get me wrong I'm not saying we can't afford him but I assume we are trying to keep Barton money for other people.
MW was just saying 15k is too much for us to fork out on him particularly.

7.) 04 Jan 2017 12:34:01
6mth loan for a guy who no doubt warbs will no doubt say nds time to get used to the pace of scottish football by the time that happens his loan deal will be done don't see the logic in this one.

8.) 04 Jan 2017 17:08:16
So were going to spend a few grand a week on wages we don't have supercooper just to give someone elses youngsters game time when young burt or crooks could come in? If we had anychance of this guy long term I would be all for it but we don't so I say again why?

9.) 04 Jan 2017 17:08:16
So were going to spend a few grand a week on wages we don't have supercooper just to give someone elses youngsters game time when young burt or crooks could come in? If we had anychance of this guy long term I would be all for it but we don't so I say again why?

10.) 04 Jan 2017 17:49:39
The difference is Nic that this guy by the sounds of it could come in and make a positive impact straight away, Crooks hasn't kicked his own @rse since he joined us and clearly the management don't think Burt can IMPROVE the first team quite yet.

11.) 04 Jan 2017 18:19:23
Joey Bartons contract is being Honoured in full! His agent saw to it!

12.) 04 Jan 2017 19:19:31
I get the fact he might be a decent player rutherglenbear but any penny that leaves our coffers must be investment in OUR squad we don't have time or money to spend on guys coming in who won't be there next summer! And as far as crooks goes he isn't playing as he needs games to get match sharp so again get him involved and hopefully if he is a player then he's fully tuned up for next season ie ready to make a fist of it domestically and europa lge.

13.) 04 Jan 2017 21:06:29
Don't believe for a minute Barton's contract being paid in full as he has signed by Burnley you can't get paid to wages.

14.) 04 Jan 2017 21:19:05
Of course you can happens all the time.

15.) 04 Jan 2017 22:46:26
Rangers would have ended up in employment court, charged with constructive dismissal, which it was! Bartons agent told them their case was water tight, it was! Bartons next Ibrox wage payout is due at the end of January.

16.) 04 Jan 2017 21:44:11
Another lost soul from Warburton past. Getting sick of us going after players that have flopped elsewhere- and this guy has been a flop at Granada (hardly Barcelona or even espanyol) .

If this is his idea on how to improve our side, and surely even deluded fans must admit it desperately needs improvement, then get Warburton out and a manager with a clue in.

How can we possibly close the gap on Celtic with signings like this- we can't.

We need to show imagination and ambition- there are good players out there available for little money, but if you are obsessed with players from your past you won't find them.

17.) 05 Jan 2017 09:52:53
Luigi, this is the best we can hope for while King is in charge. The questions are already being asked whether the three Bears and the Two Far East Investors are now getting tired of funding the Club while King does nothing but mouth it off. We need to see serious investment in quality players if we are to be anything other than a team fighting annually for the minor places!

18.) 06 Jan 2017 14:01:21
Nic_861,its very worthwhile bringing in a player in the ilk of jon toral mate! Remember its originally for a 6 month loan deal but he's out of contract at the arsenal in the summer! Who's to say we might have a chance of getting jon toral permanently! That would enhance our starting 11 and bring value to our club! This guy is only still 21 years old has had a fantastic grounding! If we do sign him permanently, he will make us good money in the transfer market a few years down the line! So it potentially could be value to rangers!



23 Dec 2016 08:00:53
Linked with sam nicholson from the hearts this morning! Have to say I did like what I've seen from him but had a bad injury so i'd be cautious of this! What u think lads?


1.) 23 Dec 2016 08:47:01
I agree Nic, caution is the keyword. With the injuries that have plagued the like of Windass, Rossiter and Crooks surely we should be signing fit players!?

2.) 23 Dec 2016 08:57:15
It would be a pre-contract agreement. we wouldn't get him until next year, Nicholson is a great wee player. I'd take him in a heart beat.

3.) 23 Dec 2016 09:22:23
Yes sign Nicholson on a pre contract. Good prospect and a goal scoring attacking midfielder, would fit into our system very well.

4.) 23 Dec 2016 09:53:06
Get Jota in on loan for the rest of the season and then sign him up in the summer. Get Nicholson in on a pre contract. sign a good Centreback and we should be a very solid team.

5.) 23 Dec 2016 10:17:46
Agree but need a few quality additions to take us from a team better than hearts and Aberdeen to the next level to actually challange that lot.

6.) 23 Dec 2016 10:19:02
for me I think that garner is gonny score goals as to will waggy now he is back with hunger.

I do think that we still should be looking at proven goalscorers from maybe Europe sumwhere.

7.) 23 Dec 2016 10:36:28
Always liked what I've seen from Nicholson. Good Scottish prospect that if we sign and develop will be worth a few quid in the future.

8.) 23 Dec 2016 12:57:40
Big fan of Nicholson, Think we should make this happen, if hearts were willing to accept a couple of hundred thousand i'd get it done in jan, if not a pre contract agreement could be good with development fee.

9.) 23 Dec 2016 17:12:48
pre contract only for me i wouldn't be too interested in filling any team in the leagues bank account none of them nd us apparently but after st johnstone on the 28th we'll have bn every teams biggest crowd of the season go figure eh.

10.) 23 Dec 2016 17:34:08
The priority should be 2 centre backs because we're always going to be vulnerable and under pressure with whoever plays out of the 4 of them.

11.) 24 Dec 2016 05:53:50
Would pass on Nicholson. look what happened to Templeton.

12.) 24 Dec 2016 06:20:50
Caw1. Not sure what connection is, apart from Hearts?

13.) 24 Dec 2016 10:02:18
David Templeton has struggled that much with injuries it's went to his head, same as guys like David bentley etc.

14.) 24 Dec 2016 11:07:26
Nicholson apart from this season only missed 6 or 7 games in the past 2 seasons (Championship and Premier league) that's pretty good?

15.) 24 Dec 2016 17:26:37
Decent player - but we need real quality to catch Celtic.

Unless we start showing imagination and ambition the gap between us and them will only grow.

16.) 25 Dec 2016 07:14:59
I think Warburton has shown both imagination (Nico) and ambition (Joey) . He's scraping around for deals and some will be better than others. I'd like to see some of his signings move on for a mark up and reinvested in the team. And some of the others recover from injury and show us why he bought them.




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23 Dec 2016 11:15:16
Still see guys talking about signing lansbury, do we think this is realistic? For me it would be a massive signing and will be amazed if a few prem clubs don't make an approach! Still got best years ahead of him and we won't compete on wages front if he is wanted down south!


1.) 23 Dec 2016 13:24:24
Nic a see your point on the money with lansbury but our hope could be the lure of european football with us once wee get back into europe wee will attract bigger players not a lot of hope doing that in the english championship.

2.) 23 Dec 2016 17:32:41
The guys a good footballer but he's also a bell.

3.) 23 Dec 2016 19:58:38
A bigger Bell than Joey Barton? I say if we have a chance sign him up!

4.) 24 Dec 2016 07:23:06
I actually posted on here a few months ago that we were very interested, in signing the forest midfielder, lansbury! I think he'd be a terrific signing for us! But I do honestly think, that the attacking midfielder we'll sign, is the spaniard, who plays for brentford, called jota! Although it will be on an initial 6 month loan deal, it will in all probability, become a permanent deal in the summer, when jota is out of contract! He does look a very skillful, attacking midfielder, who scores goals. He has one helluva left peg! Also heard there's a very good chance that we'll sign conor hourihane from barnsley, on a pre-contract, for next season! He also looks a really good player!



24 Oct 2016 12:07:30
Bottom line is a manager has to get the best out of what he has and its not happening! I would love to play the way warbs wants but I would much rather win football matches! To achieve what warbs wants I feel will take millions to buy technically gifted players which we don't have! We need an old school gaffer with proper discipline! Get players super fit and working ther socks off! That will bring far more joy than passing the ball around trying to look like a football team! Socks up and stuck in!


1.) 24 Oct 2016 14:19:33
Nic I can't disagree with most points it's the cost of cutting ties that worries me though. We need to see this season out and make a decision in the summer. If the unthinkable happened and we parted ways with warbs during the season I would go all out to get Souness and Joe Jordan in for the short term. Old school and a Rangers man who knows what this club is all about. Modernised football is fine if you can get away with it but the players need to know that defeat is unacceptable at our great club. Too many empty shirts don't seem to know what it means to step up against that lot. Gilks and Hodson should start on Wednesday if not ill be baffled.

2.) 24 Oct 2016 16:15:45
Ger88,i truly think we should give warbs time as imo he'll get us there. A wee point on a scotland legend who i respect to the hilt, big joe (jaws) jordan. My gran god rest her soul, was originally from chapelhall and was brought up beside big joe's family from his mother's side. My gran was always in and out joe's mother's house and was best pals with joe's mums sister cathy. When i was 7 years old i had the privilege of getting my picture taken holding big joe's scotland jersey (still with the grass stains on it) when he scored the goals that beat czechoslovakia 3-1 at hampden. Big joe is a true gent and proper legend and my gran always raved and spoke highly of joe's mums side and the jordan side. She was very friendly with them. When i met joe as a wee boy i thought i was the bees knees, i can always remember how big he was next to me, a giant of a man.

3.) 24 Oct 2016 21:29:11
Suoercoop I do agree Warbs should be given time. Certainly not on the bandwaggon of getting shirt of him. However you know yourself mate football is a results driven business and King said last summer he wanted the Championship won then to challenge for the spfl title. To get a cup win and finish in top 3 this season would be great but we are just too inconsistent and it seems warbs doesn't yet know his best 11 (injuries withstanding) .
Jaws is a great football man and I believe Harry Redknapp rates him so highly from the Pompey and Spurs days. It's a shame he's not involved day to day.

4.) 24 Oct 2016 22:02:10
Difficult to get the best out pdf players when they are on the treatment table. Add to that the fact that we don't have a leader on the park and we have a manager that refuses to drop players that simply are not performing and are not capable of performing any better. Wallace will never be a captain, McKay will never be a premier league player. We have a lot of work to do, just to stand still. Risks were taken in the summer with the players brought in from the bargain basement. So far they are not working.
If we want to catch up with and overtake Celtic then real investment is needed, otherwise we will just need to accept being also-rans for a number of years.

5.) 24 Oct 2016 22:07:03
I hate to say it but I would give anything for the grit and determination we showed during the Souness era.

6.) 24 Oct 2016 22:25:50
Yes that's exactly what we need to go backwards and start humping the ball up the park

We are only 3/ 4 months into our first season back with a small budget due to no Europe money and a disgraceful kit deal

When we finish 2nd if we do improve as the season develops, mind we were very unlucky to lose to the sheep, the Europa Cup money plus I would hope we get rid of this awful kit deal for next season and both these should mean £15/ 20m

Add the season tickets and a very likely share issue and we will then and only then be able to afford to buy the quality of players Celtic are buying

Only then can anyone fairly judge Warburton!

Be honest how do you think Walter would have done if you remove the Laudrups and Garcignes plus countless other internationals and even the last team he won league with was full of top internationals from shagg*r to Naismith and Davis. Walter won by being well disciplined but also because we had top level players. Warburton has possibly 2/ 3 players that at their best would get into Walters teams Niko when fit Miller just and McKay when on form possibly Halliday and Wallace at peak form Garner and his level of players basically the rest of the squad would be bench warmers at best

Patience and reality check required. Thank god the board not fickle part time supporters are in charge of thee decisions. Warburton will stay if we finish in top 3 and fingers crossed we get a good run in Scottish cup.



23 Oct 2016 21:58:21
People want changes in January as I've said we have more than enough to finish 2nd in league truth is we are using players in wrong positions and wrong system! Players are no where near fit! This is inexcusable and the buck stops with warbs! Never thought I would say this but if he can't see get players fit and see that our system is not getting the best from the players then what is point of him being there! Hodson came in today and was best player for us so why hasn't he featured more often! Too many simple fixes that don't seem to be getting adressed.


1.) 23 Oct 2016 22:40:03
Gilks was the best player for us today.

2.) 23 Oct 2016 23:48:34
He sure was if it wasn't for him it would have been same as last time can't believe Warburton thinks we are closing the gap. it was a embarrassment and lucky to have been just 1 goal.

3.) 24 Oct 2016 08:51:55
Matt gilks and clint hill were the best rangers players against celtic yesterday. They were head and shoulders above the rest. Although i do think kiernan and halliday had decent games with wee holt imo being our most dangerous player. I thought our midfield was overrun as we had 3 against their 4/ 5 in their at times, that's a hard ask for any midfield to cope with that imbalance!



23 Oct 2016 19:03:09
Sorry guys i'm going to lay it out here, we have a good enough squad to finish a close (ish) 2nd in league and push them in one off games like today! Not happening! Handleing of the barton situation all b it he is a clown has been a joke! Guys like rossiter and crooks never fit to kick a ball! Forrester who. I've always thought could have been the difference in tight games not even in squad! The pre season or lack of was a pharse! Saying that i do like what warbs has been trying to do at our club. but this is glasgow you don't have time on your hands! I fear the worst!


1.) 24 Oct 2016 00:43:19
Forrester was suspended.



23 Oct 2016 16:42:08
Dissapointed and frustrated, I know I will get shot down here but I honestly believe our players ARE good enough! We juat don't have that experience to be ruthless enough to take a chance when we get one! I believe in warbs but mibi he just isn't right for our team! I hate myself for saying it lol.


1.) 23 Oct 2016 17:02:40
Wrong they ain't good enough, rangers need proper investment in the team because Celtic will keep backing Rodgers, so that's up to our board to find the cash, I thought there was only one team that looked like winning today and it wasn't Rangers, the board must try and get some investors or Celtic will keep on winning, Celtic will win the treble this year, of that I'm certain, even though it hurts to even write the words, but until the gaffer gets some serious cash we won't stop them.

2.) 23 Oct 2016 20:08:33
We were never in the game. They are comfortably better than us and we were fortunate we didn't get a another doing. Don't know what Warburton was talking about at the end of the game.




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16 Jan 2017 18:35:01
Like the disagreements lol that's fact warburton and weir visited the family home a couple of months back




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16 Jan 2017 16:44:31
The last I heard was we offered him a 4 year contract but his dad has said he wouldn't commit to any more than two years at a time




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10 Jan 2017 18:26:17
Ive saw him twice albeit at a lesser level but he looked solid! Under the right coaching he could go on to be a decent big player, we can't go wrong with him be on minimal wage so we've nothing to lose




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07 Jan 2017 22:57:32
Yes think kelly is ready to become back up to wes! We have always had a tradition of good keepers down the years and young kelly looks the part




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07 Jan 2017 20:02:20
Well bang goes closing the gap! My understanding is toral will be loan in January for rest of this season, not a done deal for summer!?





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19 Jan 2017 10:51:31
Couldn't agree more TOMUSA, the engine room is where games are won and lost its no coincidence that Leicester are way off the pace this season without kante in that role and chelsea are so much better! How many times do you hear people talking about players that don't get the credit they deserve when talking about holding midfielders and its very true the average football fan doesn't realise the importance of a solid midfielder doing the dirty work! To many people heap praise on the fancy dans and the goal scorers but the real gems are the sitting players that control the game and dictate play and that is what we really lack!




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18 Jan 2017 19:51:57
I think the big continental teams gets the best of the young african players i'd rather look at eastern europe and austrian/ swiss leagues I think there is a lot of talent around there! Someone mentioned Italian french dutch leagues but these boys want to make it in thier own leagues and probably view Scottish football as step backwards where the likes of Slovakian Hungarian etc would view a move to scotland as a ticket to english football if they make the grade




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18 Jan 2017 07:57:47
Shot down!? Put down more like! he's just not good enough full stop he has no technique or control and he can't pass! We have dodoo garner miller waghorn who can play center forward so sorry but halliday will never play there!




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14 Jan 2017 13:27:10
I don't think MW takes any notice of what anyone says on her BR65 nor dies it affect the team! They here to end of season as its that or nothing because were skint, I for one wouldn't have bothered as we would finiah 2nd without them anyway so any wage we pay them is cash we can't afford! Only bonus is we will see a decent player in toral for a couple of months before he goes! Imo we need to have every penny available going into the future of our team




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14 Jan 2017 13:19:42
Be easier to tell you who I wouldn't take tbh! The squad we have at present is miles off rangers class.