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23 Jun 2016 19:03:52
Just watched the Niko Kranjcar interview and was struck by the shear quality and intellect of the guy. Talked a great interview displaying insight, respect, ambition, professionalism and possibly a slight distain for the quality of question being asked. A really polished performance, reminiscent of Ian Black I thought, HA HA! A true measure of how far we have come - Black to Kranjcar! Just hope he stays fit and we see the best of what he has to offer. Welcome Niko.


1.) 23 Jun 2016 19:55:39
Not even funny! Shouldn't be disrespectful to former players. And for the record I liked Ian Black and whatever faults you can pick on the guy, I tell you what, he could play football. Let's concentrate on moving forward with the good work being done now.

2.) 23 Jun 2016 20:09:12
You can if they where pish.

3.) 23 Jun 2016 20:33:16
😂😂 Ryan 👏🏼👏🏼.

4.) 23 Jun 2016 22:17:23
Don't believe in slagging off ex or current players, but Ian Black a good footballer, come on seriously.

5.) 23 Jun 2016 22:27:50
Each to their own! I thought Black was a massive disappointment and for the money he was on, we had the right to expect much more, considering the opposition he was playing against.

Can't recall many stand out performances in a Rangers shirt and was more than happy to see him go. Just my opinion though and just because Rangers released him doesn't mean he couldn't play football, there might have been other reasons. The positive is we are moving forward and signing some players with fantastic footballing pedigrees which is an absolute delight, especially after some of the dross we have had to endure immediately pre MW.

Measuring the progress in the development of the team by comparing the calibre of players and signings pre and post MW seems a reasonable thing to do and I shall continue to take comfort from it. In the end though it is results and trophies that count so let's hope the new Rangers deliver all they promise and 55 is soon ours.

6.) 23 Jun 2016 23:51:17
Dunbar blue

What impressed you most about Black? Was it all those great performances for the team? Or was it when he bet against his own team? Truly awful player who embarrassed the club born on and off the park.

7.) 24 Jun 2016 00:53:13
I remember meeting black at the hydro at the john bishop show, me and a few of my mates thanked him for coming to us, guy turned out to be a total plank bragging about cash and all of us just thinkin wtf is this guy been smoking, on the park aswell he was total sh1te, he's a absolute fud.

8.) 24 Jun 2016 02:05:44
Seem to have drawn a bit of flack on this one. Obviously I never had the pleasure of meeting him at the Hydro and can't comment on that, I am entitled to my opinion that I don't like our ex players being belittled or mocked and Biffo you asked what I liked about him as a player so again my opinion, I liked him because no matter how poorly our team was playing or indeed if he wasn't having a good game or he was taking pelters from the fans he was always brave to take the ball in any area, he could control the ball with both feet, he could tackle, for a wee guy he was decent in the air and again in my opinion was a better player than a lot of the players playing around him in midfield. When he was replaced by other players they were Kyle Hutton and young Murdoch, both who in my opinion again were not as effective as Ian Black. I have no problem that others have different opinions but was making the point that I don't like slagging Rangers players as its not necessary . That's it guys.

9.) 24 Jun 2016 04:37:24
Listen mate if guys on here want to comment on Ian black being single fish it's up to them. You have your opinions and others have their own. I kept sticking up for him expecting him to come good and he never did. Bet against us and any time he played against us he tried his heart out and snapped our players then all he done for us was get kicked about the lower leagues and complained like some daft wee lassie. Not the worst but still nowhere near good enough.

10.) 24 Jun 2016 07:57:17
That's fine guys, gave my opinion, that's all. I am moving on and concentrating on the good stuff that's happening now. Thanks Dunbar Blue😊.

11.) 24 Jun 2016 11:00:39
Ian black was a joke, he should never have been signed by mcCoist, total waste of a wage, I'm so glad how far the club has changed since those days.

12.) 24 Jun 2016 12:09:03
Well said Dunbar Blue - it's only banter. Would rather have had the craic over a pint down the pub than on a forum but there you go. In the meantime got to get ready to head off down the pub with my English friends and neighbours to watch the Euros - come on Iceland - just for the craic of course and the your fish fingers which are excellent!

13.) 24 Jun 2016 14:18:32
Thanks Ritereg, I liked your post was really balanced. I would enjoy a pint with you and the craic for sure and io am also enjoying good banter with my English pals but they always trump me with the " how's your team doing" banter. Like yourself I'm really looking forward to how this season pans out and although we clearly all have different opinions we all want the best for the Rangers.



22 Jan 2016 19:49:45
Sorry premature sending previously! Was looking forward to the current transfer window, especially with all the talk of homework done early, list of targets in place and so on. I am not sure if the players that we have been linked with are what we need or what improvement they will bring to the first 11. All I know is that it is exciting seeing the pieces of the jigsaw coming together. Initially we were led to expect possibly 4 or 5 signings all of which would add value, on and off the pitch, to the current squad and be capable of performing in the SPL. Against this expectation we are well short. Given how smoothly things have gone in the Warburton era this is a bit of a surprise and it is easy to understand why people are getting agitated, frustrated and criticising the board (DK) for lack of funds. But the simple truth is we don't know the full story behind these alleged bids or indeed who our main targets are. Personally I am going to take my cue from MW himself. Since his arrival the professional standards with regard to everything relating to the team have risen dramatically; player discipline, commitment and interviews. Player development and cohesion. The whole squad exude focus, belief and professionalism all stemming from Warburton and his integrity. So on that basis if MW is happy that the board are supporting his transfer targets to the value that HE values them at who are we to be concerned. Remember he left Brentford over a dispute about transfer policy so I cannot see him publicly fronting and endorsing transfer dealings that he is not comfortable with or he would consider detrimental to the development of the team required to deliver the objectives for the next few seasons. In Warburton I trust - come on the Gers!


1.) 23 Jan 2016 03:53:37
Excellent post that makes a lot of sense. The problem is that King, like Murray before him, is so full of bull that he is creating a problem for himself.

Warburton has come out and said that we will have new signings before the Morton Game, (or at least, so we are to believe by the Press) , and unless the two guys that we have been kinked with in the media are smokescreens while we secure better players then, to all accounts, it would appear that King has not come up with the requisite funds.

Indeed there is little indication that the promised £30m or the spending up front if required, as spouted by King, was anything other than bull and this concern tends to be supported by the fact that the vast amount of loan capital that is being invested at present is coming from sources other than King.

We should manage to win promotion even without quality reinforcements so long as we do not suffer a string of injuries or suspensions. If we do then we simply do not have the cover in defence, midfield or attack, to give comfort, even against teams like QotS or Raith Rovers. That said, we will struggle to win the SPL title next season without a number of quality signings unless our manager and his new scouting system uncover two or there Ramin Stirling's.

I would suspect that the Celtic hierarchy will strengthen their team come the summer and who knows they might even bring in a new manager that can compete with Warburton. In such circumstances it is totally out of order if King, (and remember his cash promises) , does not provide Warburton with the same or greater financial support.!




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20 May 2016 11:30:26
Watched Altidore for almost a season at Hull; nearly 30 appearances and only 2 goals if I remember correctly? This is an appalling goals to game ratio for a striker. Makes Leigh Griffiths look like Ronaldo. Think he might have been one of the main reasons Hull struggled so much that season. If you can't hit a barn door you can't hit a barn door - doesn't matter if it's in the EPL, the SPL or the Champions League. And with any luck it won't just be the SPL it will be the Europa League.




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20 May 2016 09:25:28
Hope not Altidore - we need some one who can score for fun and he sure isn't that man. If we sign Altidore with the intent of including him in the starting 11 that would be a massive boost for the other teams in the SPL. Nicky Clarke is 100 times better and yes I know what I am saying.




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16 May 2016 16:56:23
Arteta's best days are long behind him and I guess he knows this if he did retire this morning. Have seen him warm up a few times this season and his is undoubtedly a fantastically professional routine but he never got anywhere near the ball. If we were lucky enough to secure Barton's services he would be here for the fight and would definitely get stuck in because that's what he does. Arteta would be a luxury item. As players, in their day, Arteta would probably edge it, he certainly has displayed more class but in the here and now Joey Barton every day of the week. Here's hoping.





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27 Sep 2016 21:27:40
There is a lot of reference to the quality of our players and the predictability of our 4-3-3 system. Something that concerns me is the fact we don't even try to play a settled team. Warburton appears to consider certain groupings of players to be interchangeable and selects based on "loading" and accumulated playing time! In 50 years of following football I have lost count of the number of times a team has performed above it's perceived ability to great affect by playing a settled team utilizing a limited number of players. Leicester last season for a start, Chelsea's title winning teams under Jose and their Champions League winning team. Then there's Ron Saunders Villa, Clough's Derby and Forrest and so the list goes on. Let's pick our best 11 and play them. Let's stop over intellectualising everything and concentrate on sticking the ball in the opponents' net.




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06 Sep 2016 20:28:43
The Wallace and McKay partnership is a real positive and provides significant threat. If they are both playing why would you split that combination from the off? We should focus on what we know we can do well and get the ball into the box for Miller, Garner or Waggy. Tav can do similar from the right. Let's bring their playhouse down!




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30 Aug 2016 22:30:48
Wish people would get off DK's case about spending some (more? ) of his money. We have no real understanding of the extent to which he has arranged the subsidising of the basic operating costs of the club and no real appreciation of the impact on wages of the addition of players like Barton and Kranjcar.

Just because we have not seen millions being splashed out in transfer fees does not mean King is not facilitating the club financially to the extent he indicated, taking into account; player's wages and acquisition costs, back room and support staff restructuring, ground improvements and enhanced media and communication channels.

All without retail revenue and significant sponsorship revenues. Lots appear to have an opinion but there are few financial details available on which to base them so give the guy a break and appreciate what has been achieved in less than 18 months. The only real cause for complaint I can see is the fact that we have known for 12 months that the central defence is not good enough, ( especially Keirnan) and we have done nothing to address it.

we have improved areas that were potentially adequate and failed to add quality in the area which is our glaring weakness. I honestly think an explanation would be reasonable to expect if nothing is sorted out by close of play tomorrow, possibly even an apology because it was staring everyone in the face, a complete no brainer and we have delivered sweet fa.

Inexplicable and totally unacceptable! Saw something about a Chelsea lad on loan. have seen this fella play and he definitely has something to offer, not a leader but potentially a player. Fingers crossed because there is no defence for the current lack of ability and competence in our defensive players and strategy. Hope MW and McP have something up their sleeve for the sake of our league prospects and their credibility.




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26 Aug 2016 09:53:47
Danny Wilson has proved he can play at the required level so I think we should give the lad a break. He has all the basics of a good centre half and based on his Hearts days the makings of a fine captain. His distribution in the main is good, the only thing he lacks is a bit of physicality and there is not too much he can do about that! The reason he looks at sea some of the time is the amount of territory the Rangers CBs are asked to patrol over the course of a game. Because the fullbacks are pushing forward, when we are hit on the counter, there is way too much space in the middle of the defensive third for relatively fast mobile forwards to run into. Add to this the fact that the CBs are often outnumbered and there are more attacking options to close down than Rangers men to cover, so it is clear why we are vulnerable. This is where our defensive mids need to step up to the plate and with Rossiter and Barton, potentially both candidates for SPL team of the year, we should have the quality to sort this out. It is still early days but I expect big things of this pair. Keirnan for me is more of an issue; for his height he is poor in the air and his distribution is at best erratic, often poor and sloppy, so I would hope Senderos is here to address this? My main point is that the bombscare effect is as much a reflection on our tactics and formation as it is on our CBs ability so MW needs to rethink a bit.
The other thing MW should be looking at in my opinion is the substitution policy. This continual subbing on the 60 minute mark, driven by loading and game time is narrow minded and naive. With the bench we have there are plenty opportunities to change the pattern of a game and gain a tactical advantage by changing personnel on the field. This is what the great coaches do and MW should be prepared to do likewise. If we are behind at half time and Barry is in his marking full backs pocket why not bring on Harry (say) for the start of the second half and throw something different at the opposition. MW's approach is very professional, reasoned and thorough but lacks the mercurial inspiration of coaches who can change the coarse of a game from the touch line.
That said, really looking forward to tonight's game and another step toward's 55.




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21 Aug 2016 09:47:38
Would be loathe to take out Forrester - he plays with hunger and guile which he turns into results. A player who really does make an impact - where would we be without his goals.