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25 Apr 2017 01:40:22
I hear Mikel Arteta has been in discussions with Rangers over 'potential destinations' for some younger Man City players who are either being freed or will be available for longer term loans (a whole season) . Might be something JJ is working on, it seems. Could unearth a couple of crackers like Beerman.


1.) 25 Apr 2017 04:13:47
Dept is run by lawless relative. It's why they got Roberts. These kids will to the time c if anywhere

2.) 25 Apr 2017 08:38:54
Arteta did preach to Wenger about Ibrox being a great place for a youngster to be bled. This is why we ended up with so many Arsenal links.



06 Apr 2017 21:10:04
A senior club official, who assists in the day to day running of Ibrox, has told me that today Pedro has now identified eleven players who he wants to keep next season with another four still under consideration, two because they are currently injured (Rossiter and Krankjar, maybe? ) and another two who he needs to see more of.

This eleven includes the two goalkeepers - and the two boys who started last night, so that's really seven of the current outfield playing squad, maybe a maximum of 11. That suggests he's going to try to bring in at least 8 players and promote some youngsters. God knows who all these guys are he wants to keep, because I can't see that many.


1.) 06 Apr 2017 21:27:55
And the money is coming from?

2.) 06 Apr 2017 22:32:45
What about the loanees are they part of the 11 listed players?

3.) 06 Apr 2017 22:49:34
Ajax1872, I've no idea. What you read is exactly what I was told, but I assume not. Loan players are just that, you cannot count on them as regular players. From what I heard, is seems he's making up his mind and his squad in the knowledge that some of those he'd like to get rid of will have to be kept for the sake of numbers. This leads me to speculate that he'll keep around ten outfield players, the two keepers, a couple of youngsters and that will give him about 14 of a squad. He'll obviously then need another 6-8 players, maybe including a loanee or two, of first-team standard.

4.) 06 Apr 2017 23:40:25
There's no way he's made his mind up after 3 competitive games, sorry but that ridiculous.

I would suspect he's identified targets to strengthen certain areas but to suggest that he's narrowed a playing squad of circa 25 down to 11 in such a short period of time is definately, 100% rubbish!

5.) 07 Apr 2017 13:16:15
Where is the money coming from? Same place 1.8 million came from for garner and same place 300,000 compensation came from for Pedro. I'm only half a genius myself, but I'll guess. Bank account?

6.) 07 Apr 2017 15:07:10
Why is it ridiculous when everybody else can see it. These guys have had long enough and are not of the calibre required to challenge for the league never mind play in Europe. Remember he will also be looking in training and deciding. The players not giving enough in training will be out the door. Why waste your time on any player not willing to train harder to improve, when they are esrning very good money by SPFL standards. There are no players that good that don't need it. The only players with pass marks are Emerson who is a loan and Foderingham. I think the young lad Beerman has potential.

7.) 07 Apr 2017 15:59:23
j1985, he and his coaches have seen, studied and worked with these players almost every day for a month. I would assume that the process of decision making is indeed well under way, as with an awful lot of our players it's not difficult to spot that they are rank rotten. I did express surprise that he's considering keeping so many.

8.) 07 Apr 2017 19:22:40
Ecky. Speaking from experience (I used to coach under 19's), training only shows so much of what a player can do. I had a group of 18 boys who looked like world beaters on a Monday and Wednesday at training, come Sunday they'd be average at best. Nothing we did in training improved them come match day so I truly believe that a player should ultimately be judged in a competitive playing environment. Like I said, I'd be absolutly gobsmacked if Pedro has decided at this point which players are part of his plans for next season after such a short period and with a lot of competitive football left this season.

9.) 08 Apr 2017 14:36:41
j1985, I also coached for many years and you'd be gobsmacked at where and at what level, but I'm not going to boast. Suffice to say when we had players in on trial or for development coaching, it was fairly easy to separate the wheat from the chaff quite quickly and we were very seldom wrong.

It's actually easier for Pedro as he can study CDs of previous matches to supplement what he is seeing on the pitch and at training, so it's not just current form he knows about, then matching that information up with the opinions of his staff and after a month he's firming up on decisions. That's not a short period at pro level, as I said anybody experienced looking at our squad for that length of time could easily see most of them are rotten.

10.) 08 Apr 2017 15:24:16
J1985 "nothing we did in training improved them"! I think maybe its not your players that are the problem!



01 Feb 2017 21:23:27
It gives me no pleasure to say it, but I was slated for being negative when I said the two wins over Motherwell was just papering over the cracks. After tonight, I rest my case.

The cracks have now caused a total collapse and it really is time for the manager to go. His selections, tactics, methodology, are deadly poor, he inspires nothing but panic, he takes off our best player, he watches on as his wee favourites disgrace the Rangers jersey, how long can this go on?

Maybe there was friction between him and DK, and with any luck it will lead to changes in the dugout. And looking at that defence, Weir is in danger of doing a McCoist and losing all his esteem among the support because this is the worst I can remember in 58 years.


1.) 01 Feb 2017 22:30:13
I'm going to throw my hat in to be rangers new defensive midfielder, not played in 5 years and weighing in at 19 stone, I still fancy myself to have more talent in my pinky toe than Halliday has is his whole body, the quicker he is sold the better

2.) 01 Feb 2017 22:39:32
I agree but my fear is how do we finance a change of manager no money but that tonight was a disgrace

3.) 01 Feb 2017 23:12:35
Unless he resigns thinkaboutit mate we can't afford to sack him

4.) 01 Feb 2017 23:12:35
Unless he resigns thinkaboutit mate we can't afford to sack him

5.) 01 Feb 2017 22:48:57
@wee-ecky - so the rubbish we had to endure under Ally was better than this? Behave yourself.

6.) 01 Feb 2017 23:31:27
Then force his resignation! Tell him he's no longer in charge of team selection, tell him Murty is being promoted to Head Coach and will in future take training, tell him he will now be in charge of all admin, get Jimmy Bell to 'forget' his kit! Just get shot of him!

7.) 02 Feb 2017 04:32:06
Nothing could be worse than what we saw under McCoist but Warburton's credibility is fast disappearing when he point blank refuses to drop Kiernan and Halliday and keeps Wallace as captain!

8.) 02 Feb 2017 06:28:56
Finance a new manager. let dave king take the team he can't do any bloody worse can he

9.) 02 Feb 2017 04:15:22
Jack Union as far as the defence goes, and I was referring to the defence, then tonight it probably was worse.

10.) 02 Feb 2017 20:00:02
Just as bad as we ever were under mccoist! The nice football thing people talk about is nonsense we don't play nice football yes we have a lot of possesion but there's a difference from that to good football. There's no penetration or cutting teams open all our possesion is among the back 4 n goalkeeper we get to halfway n go back the way were depressing to watch n I'm sick of it

11.) 02 Feb 2017 22:32:51
@bigblueayr - the same Mccoist that couldn't get us out the Championship? The same Mccoist that wasted thousands on overpaid numpties? The same Mccoist that didn't do ' walking away '? The same Mccoist that left the playing squad in a mess? I can keep going on if you like?

12.) 03 Feb 2017 12:32:29
bring back moshni!
ten times the player Kiernan is and the bad thing is i'm not even joking.

he did a lot of silly stuff but he was a decent defender.

13.) 03 Feb 2017 18:09:36
Union, what about the overpaid numerics Warburton has brought in, senderos Barton halliday keirnan, I can go on to if u like? They will also be on a lot higher wage, P. s that Warburton team from last year wouldn't have got out of championship either if the hearts team from year before were in it. Take your blue tinted specs off n realise Warburtons ruining us



03 Jan 2017 02:23:23
I'm told that if Watford lose to Stoke tonight then Mazzarri and his tribe of coaches and staff will be sacked in the next few days and the club will approach Rangers for permission to speak to Warburton.


1.) 03 Jan 2017 14:11:38
I must say that this rumour came from a former colleague who is a season ticket holder with both Watford and Rangers and who has decent contacts at both clubs. And Warburton would be the Watford fans' choice.

2.) 03 Jan 2017 15:56:36
I don't think he's had a fair crack at the spl. With injuries and Barton and players needing to make the step up and limited finances he's done well so far.

Yes you could say he is stubborn with tactics and building from the back when its possible we lack the expertise to do this but he is at least got us in to 2nd and trying to build a footballing philosophy at the club.

If we can bring in a few better quality players in the next couple of windows and keep following that process. gradually improve the team we should keep getting better obviously would be great to see some young lads coming through also.

3.) 03 Jan 2017 15:56:44
Maybe they'll go for another old boy, wee Brenda.

4.) 03 Jan 2017 17:14:46
well iam off work till monday so if Warburton needs a lift I'm more than happy to take him down. might need to hire a mini bus as there's a lot more in tht team i would like to drop off elsewhere.

5.) 03 Jan 2017 18:14:09
We're all entitled to our own opinions, but Warbs / Weir are building for the future. Let's give them time. They're making good progress and will not only challenge for the title soon - they'll give us a conveyer belt of future talent and a sustainable future.

Nobodies about to throw tens of millions at us like in past days! so I, for one, am going to keep supporting what they're doing.

6.) 04 Jan 2017 08:09:49
How reliable and good is your source wee-ecky? Not doubting you here mate, just curious! I like yourself enjoy sharing on here, any news or pieces of info I hear, with fellow bears! Heard we're looking at young falkirk left back called gallagher to eventually become the longterm replacement for lee wallace. I think he's only 17 years old! I've heard very good reports on him from a falkirk supporting friend of mine!

7.) 04 Jan 2017 08:53:30
Fingers crossed then, he's had his chance. We keep being told "we'll learn from this" but unfortunately he hasn't although most of us have as its glaringly obvious. For some reason warbs can't see it.

8.) 04 Jan 2017 11:57:30
Supercooper eleven, my contact's speaking as a fan with a foot in both camps. He's Scottish, a retired journalist, and has lived near Watford for more than 30 years so he hears the gossip now and then. All I can say is it's a strong rumour, but a rumour nonetheless, that's why I put it here.

9.) 04 Jan 2017 13:35:33
Warbs and Weir building for the future?
Are you having a laugh?
They can't build a team now. Never mind the future.
We need a team now not the future.
There's only so many times we can listen to, we will learn from it and carry it to the next game. Been here 18 months, and still doesn't know our best 11

I think it's time for them to go.
They have done absolutely nothing to our team.
If we didn't draw with sceptic at Hampden ( let's face it, it was a draw, not a win ) they would have been out in the summer.
Every single summer signing has been a joke.
Add that to the second rate players they bought last year. The results are clear to see.

Get Walter and durrant back to get us on course. 2 proper rangers men.

Not fat mcoist who just wants to bleed us dry.
He should never be allowed back into Ibrox ever again.

10.) 04 Jan 2017 15:51:49
Warburton hasn't been given the financial support to help him build for the future. Instead he has needed to replace a pathetically poor squad of players recruited by McCoist by way of free transfers, loanees and lower league players. Add to that the fact that his better signings for the assault on the Premier league are out injured or, in the case of Barton, was forced out of the club after a spat with Barton, no doubt for telling him how crap he was!

Given the same resources as Smith had at his disposal I suspect that Warburton would be every bit as successful as his counterpart at Celtic will be with the resources that he has this disposal.

Souness hit the nail on the head when he said that Warburton needed to be given the financial support by King, otherwise it is going to be a long few seasons ahead of us irrespective of who is our manager!



14 Sep 2016 01:02:39
Anybody heard of a young defender called Leo Chambers? I'm told we're after him.


1.) 14 Sep 2016 11:06:07
West ham cb, never seen him play but he looks like he could be an aireal threat.

2.) 14 Sep 2016 21:08:50
Kranjcar and barton surely must b dropped this weekend. halliday windass and rossiter a must fir me if holt still struggling . and MOH surely must get a starting berth with garner and waggy upfront wi him. we need a massive reaction to last weeks unacceptable showing.
No more sub standard performances. time to stand up and be counted. new signings must fit into last seasons system as opposed to trying to fit the system round kranjcar and barton. reputations alone don't count! Intae them!




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22 Mar 2017 10:47:56
Ryan Gauld, anybody? PC must know him and the fact that he's currently playing reserve team football with seemingly little chance of a first team spot anytime soon. Wee loan deal for a season maybe?


1.) 22 Mar 2017 11:19:52
Not a bad shout and worth the risk.

2.) 22 Mar 2017 12:46:14
Sporting seemingly don't want to sell him. They rate him highly. We'd at best be able to get him on loan, which would be unlikely as Sporting don't want him to be on loan outside of Portugal.

3.) 22 Mar 2017 15:32:54
You have basically made the case for not signing him. he is a reserve team player at an average European club. He is the same as most other wonder kids remember Danny Wilson? Jamie Ness? Etc. He will fade into obscurity.

4.) 22 Mar 2017 15:38:36
i would definitely try get him back over here as he had the most potential before he left but hasn't really lit the place alight as yet

5.) 22 Mar 2017 15:52:17
Everything I've seen about him is that sporting don't rate him and he has shown nothing since he went out their. Is he not on his 2nd loan already and barely played in either?

6.) 22 Mar 2017 15:57:39
onlyshowaroud, I take it that information is from your insider contact in Lisbon? I can't find it anywhere else and I've even looked at the Portuguese media.

7.) 22 Mar 2017 23:55:19
How do loans help us long term?

8.) 23 Mar 2017 13:25:21
Signing other teams young players for development is a slap in the face to young players at the academy, just read about 25 comments about loyalty but why don't club show some loyalty to the young lads that are already here bursting a gut to get in rather than bring in a 20 year old straight into our team, then any really good prospect in future will think "nah I'll no go to them as I'll get to u20's then they'll bring in a loan for Spain or EPL then I'll be loaned to Cowdenbeath " ( no offence to Cowdenbeath)

That's just my opinion on bringing in young loans though most people may disagreed



10 Feb 2017 00:33:34
I've read a lot on here that some consider others are not 'real' fans for one reason or another, so:
What is a 'real' fan?
A club has 100,000 fans.
50,000 of them regularly attend games so the other 50,000 can’t be real fans.
25,000 of the ones who attend criticise the manager so they can’t be real fans.
15,000 of the ones left criticise the players so they can’t be real fans.
Of the 10,000 that are left, 8,000 criticise the board so they can’t be real fans.
1,998 0f the 2,000 left said we could win the SPL in our first year back so they can’t be real fans.
So me and my wee pal Joe are the only 'real' Rangers fans.


1.) 10 Feb 2017 08:21:10
What is your point?

2.) 10 Feb 2017 09:17:04
Wee-Ecky, sorry to break it to you but I've seen you critique MW so I'm afraid that it's all down to your pal Joe

3.) 10 Feb 2017 09:55:14
good breakdown of the fanbase, pity the basis of your post is rubbish

4.) 10 Feb 2017 12:09:49
Im sure there was over 200,000 rangers fans in manchester a few years ago.

5.) 10 Feb 2017 13:46:32
Maybe you and you're wee pal joe should replace warburton and weir?

6.) 10 Feb 2017 13:34:01
wee ecky haven't you beenon here being critical of any of the above?
me oh me oh my! what's the world coming to where rangers fans that aren't happy are turning on their own!

7.) 10 Feb 2017 17:19:18
The post was merely an attempt to lighten things up - I've been critical of them all! It's this 'can't be a real fan' rubbish if you don't agree with somebody that I was getting at. Surely the debate could reach above such puerile statements. Then again, maybe not. Bye!



24 Dec 2016 16:11:21
We were poor today, no doubt. We couldn't cope with Inverness physically, and when moving the ball we were sluggish and slack. What really concerns me, however, is that in every game we seem to die in the last 15 minutes. We just don't look fit enough or energetic enough to last the full 90 and that's when I fear the mhankies will run over us. It's a real worry and at this stage of the season we should be close to peak fitness.


1.) 24 Dec 2016 19:35:56
Have we not won 3 games this season after 90 mins?

2.) 24 Dec 2016 22:07:53
He's chose his facts to push his own point of view. It's a poor argument.

3.) 24 Dec 2016 22:07:03
Wasn't the best game, some daft mistakes brought on by ourselves again. A few weeks ago we would have dropped points in this game, probably the only positive to take from game was the fact we won it. Big lift needed for midweek. C'mon let's keep the momentum going!

4.) 24 Dec 2016 22:36:18
We certainly were nowhere near our best today but we got the 3 points in a mediocre performance, something we wouldn't have been able to do a good few weeks back! Sometimes you have to win this way and thankfully we did. A special mention to clint hill today. Said at the game today with still around half an hour to play, that he was man of the match! Our defence looks a lot more solid when hill is playing in it! Great experience, which sticks out like a sore thumb, terrific reader of the game, puts fires out before they start, tremendous in the air, terrific communicator and organiser, at 38 years old reminds me very much of big davie weir when he signed for us at 37 years old! I think clint hill deserves another 1 year contract as he's an old school centre half! Quite simply big clint hill is a role model and terrific professional, as you can see with how well rob kiernan plays beside the very calm, cool clint hill! Imo, hill has to start next week against celtic, and i do think he will, with kiernan beside him!



24 Sep 2015 18:57:48
I'm reading a lot here about needing a good defensive midfield player. I'm told that's actually Dominic Ball's natural position, so I would try playing him there as a sweeper in front of the two CDs and to cover for whatever wing-back is pushing forward. This would leave a choice of Holt, Halliday and Zelalem for the other two central places and offer us just a wee bit more security. Since Oduwa can also play in the centre, it would have the added bonus of not seeing much of Law again. Better to try and test things now while we can. The league's almost certainly going to be won anyway.


1.) 25 Sep 2015 09:05:42
We're playing a high line and it's modern football we're playing. It's obsolete and a myth to believe in the defensive holding midfielder these days. Arsenal have done pretty well without one the last 10 years.

People say Kiernan and Wilson aren't fast enough but they're a damn sight quicker than the likes of a McKinnon and Greig, Jackson and Forsyth. Halliday and Zelalem are must starters for us and we need their creativity. A Scott Brown ? No thanks. Lots posting we need Eustace and yet none have ever seen him play. I don't get that one. It's clear we need to score the first goal to limit this counter attacking philosophy of our opposition and McKay should start and Miller, if he does, sticks to the centre. I don't mind conceding 2 goals with this attacking style if we score 6.

2.) 25 Sep 2015 09:33:47
Kfraser. Defensive mid is a more relevant role now more than ever due to attacking style of modern full backs.
Siting arsenal as a model for success over 10 years is defeating your own argument.
Compare them to Chelsea (essien, matic) or man u (carrick, keane) every great team has a midfield dynamo. Real, barca. Great attacking quality supported by a rock.

3.) 25 Sep 2015 19:46:35
I agree with kfraser.In this League it will be an empty jersey.If he does put someone in that role it should be on a horses for courses basis.
Maybe certain away games.

4.) 26 Sep 2015 07:28:29
Kfraser what utter nonsense in one swoop you have proved your football knowledge is mince, I'm assuming you have heard of Patrick viera in your wee bubble? Arsenals biggest problem is they have replaced a world class defensive midfielder with inferior ones like diaby, song, flamini and even now coquelin, all decent players but not as good as viera . One of the Arsenal fans biggest gripes is that arsen won't go out and spend big money on a decent one as well as a striker, hence the fact they are constantly linked with the likes of Sami kidera . The def mid position is one of the most important positions in the modern game and all successful teams have good ones.

{Ed001's Note - Vieira was a box to box midfielder, Petit was the defensive midfielder in that Arsenal midfield. Gilberto Silva replaced him and was the one that Wenger never replaced.}

5.) 26 Sep 2015 18:24:33
What you mean like Keane was a box to box midfielder and not a sitting midfielder? The reason I left petit out was the op said in the last 10 years and I thought he was gone longer than that .

{Ed001's Note - aye, Keane was too, good point, I never saw that reply. Silva was the defensive midfielder Arsenal missed though. Once he went they stopped winning.}



19 Aug 2015 13:13:07
Funny how the main report claiming Zelalem might not come to Ibrox is in the Daily Rebel, but how can you believe a website report that gets the player's name wrong (ZALALEM) and can't get the legendary Jurgen Klinsmann's name right either (JURGAN)! Scottish media? The most inept, incompetent, narcissistic, bigoted idiots in the western world.


1.) 19 Aug 2015 14:03:55
u sure u have missed something out poor hacks




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14 Apr 2017 20:17:07
I've seen him and while he looks good at a certain level, I'm not entirely sure he's ready to step up. However, there's only one way to find out.




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11 Apr 2017 22:37:21
Very few foreign coaching regimes place the same importance on the captaincy as we British do.




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10 Apr 2017 21:11:26
bruno3, the ideal job description of a 'yes' man?




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08 Apr 2017 14:36:41
j1985, I also coached for many years and you'd be gobsmacked at where and at what level, but I'm not going to boast. Suffice to say when we had players in on trial or for development coaching, it was fairly easy to separate the wheat from the chaff quite quickly and we were very seldom wrong.

It's actually easier for Pedro as he can study CDs of previous matches to supplement what he is seeing on the pitch and at training, so it's not just current form he knows about, then matching that information up with the opinions of his staff and after a month he's firming up on decisions. That's not a short period at pro level, as I said anybody experienced looking at our squad for that length of time could easily see most of them are rotten.




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07 Apr 2017 15:59:23
j1985, he and his coaches have seen, studied and worked with these players almost every day for a month. I would assume that the process of decision making is indeed well under way, as with an awful lot of our players it's not difficult to spot that they are rank rotten. I did express surprise that he's considering keeping so many.





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17 Apr 2017 16:38:53
Spoc, you really don't have much ambition for our club, do you? The four players you want the manager to bring in are already playing at the highest level they will ever reach, and that's mediocre. Pedro has to build a squad capable of winning the league and maintaining European places in the next two years. These players wouldn't take us anywhere near that. In fact they'd be lucky to get a game right now, never mind next season.




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16 Apr 2017 16:57:49
How come as soon as you take off the blue tinted specs you are 'negative'? Bates is doing okay, he's had a respectable but nervous couple of games, I hope he goes on to be a good defender for us. But there's no way he's ready yet to go up against the mhankies, a bad game could set him back months.




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12 Apr 2017 21:12:19
I believe that both of these boys are better than some players currently in the first team squad and could be promoted, but we already have a rather young squad. I think that promoting them to the senior squad now with a view to bringing them on next season would be an astute plan, provided we sign some good pros in the 26-30 bracket to become the nucleus of the team. This is the area in which we are severely lacking.




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10 Apr 2017 21:16:40
It takes a lot more than five or six weeks, but he's certainly improving. When I first saw Wilson I thought he had the potential to be an international player for many years. Maybe next season he'll get back to that level.




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10 Apr 2017 21:12:37
He's not been appointed as a scout. Scouts, by the very nature of the term, can do their job in any country no matter their own nationality.