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08 Jan 2017 00:27:08
Sunday papers reporting we're looking at Andrew considine of Aberdeen


1.) 08 Jan 2017 16:52:09
Now all Of the rumors this one will probably have the most truth to it a MW Type player (crap) going by his previous signings especially defenders at the onlt one mentioned who in reality wages we could afford, hope not but Probably true just remember a certain Forrester from the sheep a few seasons back!

2.) 08 Jan 2017 17:21:48
Don't remember a Forrester from the sheep.

3.) 08 Jan 2017 18:03:29
Who and when was Forrester from the sheeo mate?

4.) 08 Jan 2017 19:51:24
He means Ricky Foster. Jeez oh.

5.) 08 Jan 2017 20:25:11
Papabear, hearing that we will definitely sign jon toral (arsenal) and emerson hyndman (bournemouth), both 6 month loan deals and of course both are midfielders. Warbs is also hoping to tie up these 2 pre contract signings for next season, centre half andrew considine (aberdeen) and striker rushian hepburn-murphy (aston villa) . If we can agree a fee with both aberdeen and aston villa then warbs would like to sign both for rangers this month!



07 Jan 2017 12:01:57
Heard Ali crawford would jump at a chance to join us. This never happens but I actually do have a source as I know his girlfriend and a friend of mines is pally with Craig Watson at Hamilton who also said rangers is most likely for Crawford. Think it comes down to whether the interest from rangers is concrete as Crawford has spoke with members of Rangers recruitment team seemingly. If I hear anything else I'll pass it on.


1.) 07 Jan 2017 13:39:59
Of course he'd jump at the chance of joining us, it would like be winning the lottery for him. Sadly, he's nowhere near what we require.

2.) 07 Jan 2017 15:21:44
Agreed he is no were near good enuff!

3.) 07 Jan 2017 16:43:46
Is he really any worse than Holt and Halliday! At least he gets good write ups in the press. The last time Halliday had a game for us was against Celtic last season and he has been living on that since.

4.) 07 Jan 2017 18:45:31
Totally agree tomusa Halliday needs replaced and I would have Crawford over him any day of the week.

5.) 07 Jan 2017 21:21:08
No not at all if haliday played for Hamilton he would stand out like a sore thumb as a great player for them. its a totally different thing playing for rangers and Crawford is not good enuff at all.




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29 Jan 2017 10:58:49
My thoughts on yesterday's game:
1) Miller has earned a contract extension, no doubt
2) halliday continues to struggle DM role
3) kiernan remains a bomb scare and could very easily have been sent off
4) I fear we won't see MoH start a game again for us this season and will be sold in the summer
5) Hyndman is everything I hoped Holt would be. Boys a player and shows just how below standard Holt is for me
6) McGhee was livid, this pleases me


1.) 29 Jan 2017 16:44:42
Spot on mate but I wouldn't lose any sleep if ohalleran didn't play again



22 Jan 2017 01:53:56
After today's game, I reckon we don't have any one particular 1st choice set of players except for foddy, hill, mckay and Miller. Read a lot of comments in how waghorn should start, dodoo should get his chance, moh is due a run out etc. But looking at it closer and waghorn and dodoo were awful against teams the come out at us (Celtic, Aberdeen, hearts etc. ) And yet excel against Hamilton, Partick thistle and then Motherwell today when waghorn came on. Imo we have 2 sets of players where games against teams that park behind the ball needs the waghorns and dodoos but against the teams that don't camp behind the ball, players like garner are our best option. Issue is, I don't think Warburton realises this. Lastly, kiernan is truly awful. Can't wait to get rid of the guy as its horror show after horror show with him.


1.) 22 Jan 2017 09:38:09
Good post PapaBear. We have a nucleus of players, if utilised correctly, that could give us the basis to move forward.

2.) 22 Jan 2017 12:15:06
We do have a nucleus of players but we are way short in the striking department. I am still not convinced MW knows his best eleven. For eighty three minutes it was what we are all used to by now but the last seven minutes we definitely got out of jail. Once more we lost a goal to a bread and butter cross into the box. We need players in the opponents box, too many times yesterday we had nobody posing a threat and the attack petered out. We need an out and out striker for sure.

3.) 22 Jan 2017 15:36:31
Yesterday summed keirnan up I thought he was having good game but you're always waiting on that mistake and along it came when he lost mount at goal.



30 Aug 2016 16:15:47
Just been thinking and wondering why our attack had been so flat in recent months. Long gone are the incisive one touch penetrating moves and now we have back and forth slow passing. Then it dawned on me when Warburton said (paraphrasing) "that's not us, we don't play like that on the training ground. Need to transfer what we do there to the matches". No wonder our attack is ineffective in spl just now, they train against the same defense that suffered against Kris Boyd's electrifying pace!


1.) 30 Aug 2016 17:07:20
When Holt is out the team it lacks that pace and directness that he produces on a regular basis.

MW team selection has been surprising to say the least using three holding midfielders in games and leaving it late to bring on a decisive playmaker.

Windass and Holt are of that type and will make a significant difference.

2.) 30 Aug 2016 17:34:11
We are missing waghorn up there.

3.) 30 Aug 2016 17:54:18
Give niko a run! The guy has class and vision to make chances, isn't going to get match sharp with ten minute cameos.

4.) 30 Aug 2016 18:34:25
Niko is as sharp as he is going to get.
He is a luxury and an impact sub at best.




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19 Sep 2016 10:36:34
I may be wide of the mark here as I'm no employment law expert but I thought given the nature of footballers contracts that it doesn't fall under the standard rules of employment law? Put it this way, you cannot under any circumstance "trade" a standard employee with transfer fees, however you can in football as they are essentially treated as assets on their balance sheets as available for sale assets. The contracts that govern footballers are unique to that industry and unless you know employment law specific to sports players, I'm not convinced they fall under the standard rules. It may very well be easier to punt barton that some believe and I recall Fran Sandaza's case of dismissal which didn't last very long.




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27 Aug 2016 11:48:31
I'm not a fan of kiernan as I think his positioning, aerial ability and tackling are all really poor. However the goal last night was not kiernans fault for once. He correctly faced the oncoming attacker as being the nearest defender. Hill should in that scenario track the runner. To be out sprinted by Boyd, sickening stuff!





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20 Feb 2017 16:43:27
This is an incredibly valid point and one I made privately to my friends at the beginning of the season. Simply put, the expectation level placed on players who are frankly from mediocre backgrounds is completely misplaced. The players were signed by Warburton and while they were good enough for the Scottish championship, how could we realistically expect a bunch of English league 1 level players who couldn't even get a game for their clubs at the time to compete with Celtic in the league. I saw this coming although I had hoped that there was some hidden talent with them all that Warburton saw that we as fans couldn't. Even Windass who seems to be quite popular amongst our support is pretty poor and while he has the odd moment of setting up a chance, his overall contribution like the rest in the squad is pretty dire. I'm currently feeling very despondent at the situation we find ourselves in and it speaks volumes against those players we signed when Barrie McKay, a product of a shoddy youth system and ignored to the point that he was almost released until Warburton happened to give him a shot, is better than the lot of them. When we played Hearts, I remember looking through their squad and picking out all the players I would take from them in a heartbeat to replace the mediocrity we currently have. Would take Paterson instead of Tavernier, Souttar instead of Kiernan (heck I'd take a traffic cone instead of Kiernan), Kitchen as our DM, Cowie in place of Halliday, Walker instead of waghorn, Johnson instead of Garner, even Hamilton instead of foddy. Even Nicholson when he came on looked impressive and all that is just from ONE team. Warburton has went to England and cherry picked mediocre players from a terrible league (I will never buy that league one is a better standard than SPL as I believe Celtic, Aberdeen and hearts would beat those teams with most of their players being English championship level imo) . The lack of passion in our team is down to these guys. They are league 1 level for a reason, they never strived to be the best, to be winners, to be Rangers quality.




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29 Jan 2017 19:24:51
Dth100, I get what u are saying and understand your frustration. The reason why I think it's a fluke season is this is Celtic's best ever start since Lisbon lions (their best ever team) . Compare to Celtic of last season and it's a huge difference for them. They've made 3 notable changes, a new manager, Sinclair and dembele. Remember that player they signed for £3m odd, bangura was it? Didn't work out. It just so happened this season it did work out. I don't think Celtic have fluked any games as they've been the better team for most of them, but their season as a whole is a fluke, a one off. I doubt it'll be repeated again next season and I doubt they'll make any further signings that'll have the same impact on them as Sinclair has had.




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29 Jan 2017 12:08:53
For me, no one. We assembled our team 18months ago and got in a relatively inexperienced manager. 6 months ago, we added even more players to the squad, most of which didn't work out. King did not promise £30m for players. He said the club needs as much as £30m investment (not all of which will be on the playing squad), some of which will come from him. To date, king and his pals have invested over £12m so far. No other way to get money into a corporate structure except through loans or a rights issue which was on hold. We just got promoted to spl where Celtic have went on a record breaking run. What can we possibly do to make them drop points against the likes of St johnstone or hamilton etc? We've had draws that once we improve will become wins. They've been on a run of form that hopefully won't repeat itself again. Had we been up against last seasons Celtic and some of our draws this season were wins, the point gap would be much much smaller. Aye, we make mistakes and Celtic are making none, but this season is a fluke season. We will improve and are improving.




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19 Sep 2016 11:55:28
The line in the Rangers statement "Neither party will make any further statement or comment on this issue. " sounds like a threat to Barton. Wonder if he'll be able to keep quiet for the 3 weeks.

On another note, Barton is unfit as it is so I can't imagine how 3 weeks off would be a good thing as he'll just come back worse. Saw someone mention he should train with the juniors which I agree with to an extent and then remember Joey's history with youth players and cigars.