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11 Mar 2018 19:53:36
Very sore one today, but for individual mistakes we would have taken at least a draw from the match. Celtics second goal was a disgrace, you should never be beaten by a long hopeful punt up the park and what Goss was doing for their third was unbelievable.

He just let Edouard walk into the penalty area an have a free shot at goal. And Windass once again showed that he is far too often a passenger when we need him most. When you compare their middle 3 and ours it really is a no contest at the moment. I know a lot of fans are wanting us to sign Goss permanently but would he get in the Celtic team? I don't think so therefore we should be looking for better.

Murty should have changed it a bit sooner for sure.

Positives to be taken are we certainly are. Lot closer. Celtic can no longer just turn up and roll is over. And for me the biggest positive was the performance of docherty, I thought he was immense. If we could add a bit of muscle in beside him next season we will be in good shape.

zikos

1.) 12 Mar 2018 11:25:11
Zikos, one of your final comments (Celtic can no longer just turn up and roll is over) seems to be at odds with what say before it and what actually happened.


2.) 12 Mar 2018 13:23:52
Zikos, we have better in Dorrans, Jack and McCrorie plus Rossiter, but sadly they are all injured!


3.) 12 Mar 2018 21:48:01
Styab - I just think that we could have got something out of the game if it hadn't been for a couple of (crucial) mistakes. I think we are a lot closer to them now and they can no longer just turn up and win, they actually have to put a shift in and like yesterday ride their luck.

Saying that - for us to be better than them we need to improve the midfield three. that's where I think the game (and most gasmes) was won/ lost.

Doherty was class, Goss just didn't perform and Windass was a passenger. I know he has scored a lot of goals lately but still don't think he is a number 10.


4.) 14 Mar 2018 12:02:17
Zikos one poor performance from Goss doesn't suddenly make him a bad player, also it looked like Murty asked him to sit back for more cover and that's not his strengths he is far better off as holding midfielder who likes to get forward.


 

 

07 Jan 2018 20:43:38
Forgive me if I'm wrong but didn't Cummings only play well in the championship, I can't remember him doing anything in the SPL. And so I don't get all the hype for what's essentially a really good championship player. If we get him on loan, then fine, but I wouldn't take a risk on him if we had to buy him as he has never performed at this level.

zikos

1.) 07 Jan 2018 22:43:45
Would b great signing hope we get him.


2.) 08 Jan 2018 07:25:19
Zikos, Cummings was only 18 when His got relegated and only broke into their team in the playoffs, where he scored their two goals against Hamilton.


3.) 08 Jan 2018 10:02:37
I'm not a fan of Cummings tbh. He comes across as a wee bed, much like Griffiths and would not want him near us. Anyway he hasn't kicked a ball down south. Also stories of late night drinking etc apparently. I think you guys are right when you say he stood out in the championship and not in the top flight. I think everybody remembers him lifting his game against us and assumed that was his normal form, which clearly is not the case. I'd leave well alone.


4.) 08 Jan 2018 11:52:08
If Cummings was half as good for us as Griffiths has been for them, it's a yes from me.


5.) 08 Jan 2018 14:43:45
I'm pretty sure Cummings only came into the Hibs team in the second half of the season where they were relegated, and even at that the majority of his appearances were from the bench. He was sold in the summer after the were promoted so he hasn't really had time to prove his ability in the SPL, however he hasn't exactly been lighting up the Championship down south. I reckon he would work well with Morelos up front for us but my preference would be to give MOH a shot through the middle with Morelos.


 

 

 

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13 May 2019 22:19:45
Was reading another post and the chat was about how Tav was motm on Sunday and how he was the best rb since Ricksen.

Personally I never rated Ricksen at rb - always thought he was a bombscare in that position. But thought he was different class when McCleish moved him into midfield.

But it got me thinking that I couldn't actually think of a stand-out rb during my time watching Rangers (from 1986). Maybe Stevens or Porrini or Vidmar or Hutton? I'm genuinely not sure.

So I basically thought I would ask everyone for their personal favourite rb to try and gauge where Tav ranks? (Don't think we need a poll? )

zikos

1.) 13 May 2019 22:34:11
You are not sure if Stevens was a stand out right back? You can't be serious.


2.) 13 May 2019 23:29:47
Gary Stevens for me
Great defender
I think Tav is better at going forward but Stevens was a better defender
The game has changed a fair bit as well so that needs to be taken into consideration I suppose.


3.) 14 May 2019 05:53:08
Gary stevens was absolutely superb at going forward and defending. The best 2 right full backs i've seen at ibrox undoubtedly were sandy jardine and gary stevens! that's not to say i don't rate our captain james tavernier, because i do and have continually backed him on here.


4.) 14 May 2019 06:10:13
Rsfger and scoop, thought Stevens was an excellent defender but not in an attacking sense.

Do we need to go back 30 odd years to find a better rb than Tav?

Alex clelland was good/ dependable but not necessarily great.

Think there have been loads of rb’s that are better defenders than Tav (in fact the only one that wasn’t was the Greek boy arygiou) - but Tav influences games more and more for a positive reason than his bad defending.


5.) 14 May 2019 06:27:27
For the record ricksen was not a great right back for us. He had some shockers played his best football for us when he moved into centre mid.


6.) 14 May 2019 06:47:01
Zikos I watched gary stevens playing for rangers and can totally guarantee you, that he was an attacking, overlapping right full back mate. He was a very good defender and terrific all round full back!


7.) 14 May 2019 07:16:24
Gary Stevens it is then! But where would Tav rank.

Although he drives me mental at times I think I would have him in the team before the likes of Porrini, Hutton etc. Obviously not for his defending but for his attacking contribution.


8.) 14 May 2019 07:25:40
Hutton was great for a short while before we sold him, Numan also first class at LB! Great times!


9.) 14 May 2019 07:50:49
Claudio Reyna was great at right back but no one I remember was better at going forward than tav who's defending has improved a lot.


10.) 14 May 2019 07:53:52
Gary Stevens is the best RB I’ve saw at Rangers. He had just shy of 50 England Caps. Tav, Ricksen, Clelland no in his league, no even a debate about it.


11.) 14 May 2019 08:26:56
Twas I and the enlightened, who agreed with me, that nominated Tav. (MOTM) . Isn't it exciting though guys to see 5 or 6 of our players nominated for that accolade even "The Grinch" sorry I meant Coldo must be delighted with that. just for the record I only mentioned Tav. in my Flanagan post because L17 Mac asked what I consider as Rangers captain material. Well that and to annoy you of course. Gary Stevens was indeed very good Dad had just started to take me to games back then. I know I. m an optimist I know I'm enthusiastic about my team even when our team was/ is poor I try to look for the positives and over the last 7 or 8 years sometimes they have been few. SG's analysis of where we are is spot on we are ending this season in a lot better place than last year.


12.) 14 May 2019 09:24:16
Sandy in Royal blue and Gary Stevens for me. Tav has a great record of goals and assists right enough, and is quite underrated by some on here. Was at Drybrough Cup final in 1979 (age 12) when DavieCooper scored that amazing goal, but Sandy also scored an absolutely amazing goal that day too. Definitely Sandy for me. Rightly immortalised at Ibrox, a true legend.


13.) 14 May 2019 09:24:20
Cant believe not even a mention of David Robertson?


14.) 14 May 2019 09:24:33
Was always a fan of porrini myself.


15.) 14 May 2019 09:47:46
C of ibrox that’s because Robertson was a left back and the discussion is about rbs.


16.) 14 May 2019 10:10:19
My bad lol.


17.) 14 May 2019 11:55:48
Having to wade in here to sort out all this nonsense above.

1. Reyna was a centre mid. He covered right back occasionally due to injuries.

2. Porrini was a decent tackler and defender but was a nightmare with the ball at his feet, zero technical ability. He was like the mirror image of Tav.

3. Gary Stevens was top, top class. If he was around today he would be playing for one of the Manchester or London clubs. Don’t underestimate the quality of player we were able to sign for the ten years or so from late 80s to late 90s.

4. Alec Cleland was reliable but nothing special. Never even managed a Scotland cap at a time when Scotland weren’t blessed with great full backs.

5. Hutton was streets ahead of Tav. Look at what he had achieved by the same age. Whittaker at his peak in the run to Manchester was also ahead of him.

6. Ricksen was not the bomb scare some are making out. He had a ropey start to his Ibrox career but went on to be a club legend. Yes, he was better when he moved into midfield but he was a good right back once he had settled, he was in the Dutch squad at a time when they had some great players.

In terms of the Souness era and beyond, Tav ranks behind Stevens, Hutton, Ricksen and Whittaker (in that order for me) . All international players who have played either English top flight, champions league or both.


18.) 14 May 2019 13:05:51
I'm sure Robertson had a spell at right back later on in his career.


19.) 14 May 2019 14:18:47
Not for Rangers he didn’t. Left back his entire time at the club. Great understanding with Laudrup down the left. Amazing pace and hard in the tackle. Final ball wasn’t very consistent and wasn’t always the most composed in defence. Great player, but basically a better version of Tav. Numan was our best left back of the era by a million miles.


20.) 14 May 2019 19:31:43
Sorry wag man but I can’t agree with you, Ricksen was terrible at Rb, Whittaker was better but thought he was better than what he was and got continually dispossessed. Hutton was brilliant for us bombing down the right but his final ball was absolutely god awful. Which Tav’s isn’t and both are as good at defending as each other. So Tav shades it for me.


21.) 14 May 2019 22:59:50
I don't think Ricksen was terrible nor do i think he was good a RB, like Zikos he came good when moved into midfield roll and when BF moved on he ran the midfield. in a way it was like BF didn't want him to play well, only my opinion though.


22.) 15 May 2019 10:34:54
Zikos - I honestly can’t argue football with someone who thinks Tav is better than Ricksen, a Dutch international and Hutton, who went for £8m and has played most of his career in the English top flight or top half of the championship.

Apart from set pieces, Hutton and Whittaker did everything Tav does. Hutton was unreal his last season with us, absolutely phenomenal. Whittaker was brilliant for us in the run to Manchester, played everywhere. Ricksen ran through walls for this club and became a captain that actually inspired his team to win things.

Tav has achieved nothing and is a far worse defender than any of those mentioned and by his age they all had multiple trophies, European games and international caps behind them.


23.) 15 May 2019 11:19:08
I feel like people on here have memories shorter than ten years and succumb to recency bias. You get the feeling that if Zidane used to play for us we would have folk on here saying “was too casual on the ball for me, much prefer Ryan Jack”.

Dig out the old DVDs and watch again lads. There are very few (if any) players in the current team up to the standards of old. That’s not saying they are bad players, we’ve some great talent now, but it’s night and day with some of the people who came before.


24.) 15 May 2019 17:09:10
Swagman - you are the one with the memory issues! If you can't remember how often Whittaker was dispossessed, if you can't remeber that Hutton couldn't cross a ball (At Rangers, Tottenham and even now) then you have might have issues! And the only reason they have caps is well because they play for a rather S@#t international team!

As for Ricksen - he was technically good and turned out to be a really good central midfielder, but again you have memory issues if you think he was good at RB. Not on the same planet as Numan on the other flank!


 

 

06 May 2019 14:35:57
Can we appeal the Mcgregor decision, to postpone his suspension until after the oldfirm match?

zikos

1.) 06 May 2019 15:24:38
Could try, but the SFA will no doubt bend over backwards to convene a hearing this week to make sure he's suspended for Sunday. Don't think we will appeal tho cause Gerard said straight away it was a red and he couldn't defend him.


2.) 06 May 2019 22:28:38
It would be embarrassing if we appealed that.


 

 

19 Mar 2019 22:50:20
Reading a lot of posts regarding players not being good enough etc. For me the manager has assembled a very good squad of players albeit very inconsistent. But it's the managers job to manage that inconsistency. He has a very large squad, he and his coaches should be recognising which players are on form, off form, depesperate for a chance etc. But he seems to be failing in that department atm which needs to improve.

I also think how he sets his team out needs looked at. For me Kent and Candeias need to play more central to support Morelos. They are far too wide offering no support. In this 4-2-3-1 formation the attacking midfielders should be as much a threat as the main striker. Ours are offering very little other than industry and crosses into an empty box. I know width is important to create space but the attacking full backs can do this and should be supplying most of the crosses!

zikos

1.) 20 Mar 2019 05:51:03
We have a good base to build a team now instead of the revolving door we've seen in the past few years.


2.) 20 Mar 2019 08:15:18
lol zikos i have heard it all now kent and candeias are too wide well mate that's where a winger should be, i get what your saying i. e support for morelos but wingers should be hugging the touchline and firing in crosses something candeias can't do to save his life granted but a good attacking side need width.


3.) 20 Mar 2019 11:19:32
I think the revolving door will be revolving again this summer, sadly too many just not good enough👍.


4.) 20 Mar 2019 13:21:17
Who would u move on coldco, who would you bring in.
Also who can you see as marquee signings,


5.) 20 Mar 2019 14:31:10
To be honest anyone apart from mcgregor goldson katic arfield jack kamara could go, the loans will obv go although hopefully we can extend kent's stay. I think tav and morelos will be sold and if we want marquee signings then that's where the money would come from. We obv need a ST and a RB. I also think we need a right mid/ winger and our central midfield needs overhauled, not enough dig or creativity in the centre of midfield for me. I would stick with katic and goldson at the back. Could murphy play the number 10? It was ashame he got injured because he started the season so well. Barasic made a difference on saturday, looked much better in a 442 as did the whole team. Teams will always sit in and make it tight against us, they have been doing it for decades, but there is absolute No point hitting he byline to fire in crosses with only wee fredo to aim at. Signing players that can play 442 has to be the way forward for next season other wise we continue to struggle against the better spl sides. We are so predictable at the moment. We go from side to side then hit a hopeful ball in that easily gets cleared because we have no height and no one to aim at, except wee fredo. Two St is the way forward. 👍 eg, boyd miller. Jelavic miller. Mccoist hately. Dodds wallace. Pointless putting an aimless ball in hoping one wee st does the buisness. Big laff hasn't had a fair crack or enough game time consistently to build any form. Laff tore motherwell apart at fir park in the 3 each draw and grabbed us a draw in villareal. The goal he scored for hearts against celtic at the start of the season proves he can finish. 10min here and there is in no way enough time to judge him. Laff and morelos could be great together. How many crosses did we put in on saturday after we went to 442? Plenty, how many did wee defoe and fredo win? None. 👍.


6.) 20 Mar 2019 16:29:54
Queens11 - That's my point, we are playing with out and out wingers, they can't influence a game other than cross into the box. and if we're only playing one up top then the chances of an end product are slim. They need to play inside slightly and let the attacking full backs overlap giving us width.

The problem for me is Morelos is the only source of goals. Kent and Candeias can't score any goals if they are hugging the touchline. Jack and the other holding midfielder can't as their too deep, therefore going by your expectation we need a number 10 to score 30 goals per season?

No We need the attacking 3 behind Morelos to be chipping in with at least 10 goals per season each.


7.) 20 Mar 2019 20:41:07
Not a bad post coldco, but I'm really unsure about Kent, lack of goals and assists.
Agree re barisic, I like him but needs to harden up.


8.) 20 Mar 2019 21:56:02
just a thought, how much is a marquee signing these days? what's the definition of one? we sell tav and morelos to buy one marquee signing then surely we are worse off. surely we are trying to strengthen, not weaken.


 

 

28 Jan 2019 23:07:40
From what I've seen the last few games I think the preferred midfielder should be McRorrie, Jack and Davis. I think Davis and Arfield are quite similar but Davis is more composed and better on the ball.

I don't think dropping McRorrie and playing Jack in the deeper role has worked and therefore I would like to see Arfield in direct competition with Davis and possibly Candeias for a starting place.

zikos

1.) 29 Jan 2019 00:14:50
Arfield was colossus against the manks . no one could have played better are you forgetting that.


2.) 29 Jan 2019 00:16:58
zikos, a fit Davis is a far superior player to Arfield and you just can't drop Candeias, on of our top performers. The team against Livy was our best team barring Goldson, until Davis is fit enough to replace Arfield.


3.) 29 Jan 2019 06:43:40
Away u Arfield is a must to start younger fresher hungrier unless Davis proves otherwise its Arfield all the way.


4.) 29 Jan 2019 07:50:59
For me it’s Ryan Jack whobis mist under threat from Davis, however if he keeps up his good form then Davis will have to wait. Good to have players chomping at the bit to come in in all positions though!


5.) 29 Jan 2019 11:36:20
Davis is better on the ball than Arfield, but Arfield is far better at pressing the ball and getting in peoples faces. It’s a hard one but a good headache to have.


6.) 29 Jan 2019 13:12:17
Ryan jack has been superb. Not sure what games some people are watching.


7.) 29 Jan 2019 15:41:39
The thing nowadays you can't just have your best 11 players. It is the squad that counts and who plays and in which formation depends on the opposition. Candeias and Kent were very good against Livingston. I think Davis and Defoe will have to prove fitness before starting games, but don't forget injuries and suspensions will happen again before the end of the season so strength in depth is important. Is the game against the Blue Brazil on TV tomorrow night?


8.) 29 Jan 2019 15:44:47
Listen we need the squad, Morelos two league bookings away from three game ban
Also Arfield and mccrorie close to bans re totting up.


9.) 29 Jan 2019 18:08:35
Molsgoals I take your point about the mhank game - he was outstanding, as was the entire team. And siding with some of the replies maybe it will be horses for courses, Where when we need a high press, high tempo game it will be Arfield. And when we need a bit of guile and creativity it will be Davis.

It is a good headache to have.

One thing I must say though is how happy I am with the way McRorrie has been playing. If anyone reads my posts I have said for a long time that the boy has the ability to be a top player, but I thought he lacked heart.

Far too many games last season I saw him going missing in games, from a position on the pitch where it is difficult to hide. I genuinely didn't think he would make it at Ibrox for that reason, but I'm glad he is proving me wrong!


 

 

28 Jan 2019 07:08:22
If we are to sell Tav we should use the money and make Kent's move permanent. The kid is only going to get better and for me he is one of the first name on the team sheet.

We will obviously have to sign a quality RB as Tav is very creative and we will miss his attacking support.

zikos

1.) 28 Jan 2019 08:41:41
We could survive without Tavernier but I don’t know how we would replace Morelos. I definitely think he will go in the summer. Watching the 2 games on Wednesday and yesterday I just don’t know we’re defoe fits in other than a sub.


2.) 28 Jan 2019 09:29:50
Stevie g. just come out and said it’s all paper talk no contact from Southampton about tav so rather believe him than daily rag.


3.) 28 Jan 2019 11:46:07
I understand the value of a player is what another club is willing to pay, but would anyone on this site be happy if Rangers paid £8 mill for Tav? Only my view, but he’s never an £8mill player, hope all this talk is true and he goes for that, what a good bit of business that would be. Would the bread man get a bonus for bringing him to Rangers 😝 😂 😆.


4.) 28 Jan 2019 13:30:41
Ulsterman,

This is only EPL valuation and their wads of cash. Maybe to them he's worth 8m but up here he's a 2m player. At mo he's playing brilliant but not long ago everyone on here had him down as a downright plodder. I say take the cash for Tav and Fredo which seems almost done deal anyway. Allow SG to buy quality striker and someone who can create. I don't agree with many SD fans that creative as his forte. We do need another creative No. 10.Lets wait and see.


 

 

 

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18 Jun 2019 02:56:36
Souttar started off last season really well but got a bad injury and never recovered that form. Personally I think the lad Porteous is a better prospect at the moment.

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28 May 2019 00:02:45
The problem is if we sell Morelos for £10-15M, awhibare we going to replace him with? Defoe can’t play 60 games per season.

We need to bring in another young (ish) striker, if they turn out to be better than Fredo then sell him in, if not keep him until we find someone who is. If not we only weekend the side and we’ll never win the league chopping and changing so Drastically.

On Kent I agree with Gannet10. Kent is getting better all the time and is becoming a key player for us, but he isn’t a great player, far from it. He never goes missing, is always up for the challenge but had too many off days, a bit like Candeias. He needs to add more goals to his game, could possibly play on the right and cut into his left and have more attempts at goal.

Hopefully we can get him back next year and he can kick on again. Wouldn’t break the bank for him just yet though.

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20 May 2019 16:22:48
It’s amazing what a couple of weeks can do in football! I’ve been really unimpressed with Goldson lately but must admit he looks better with Katic in beside him the last couple of games. Would definitely have either Souttar, McKenna or Porteous in the squad, but would t break the bank to do so.

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13 May 2019 20:10:24
People need to stop the Doran’s rubbish, he has been terrible since the day he arrived with the exception of a game against Partick Thistle in some cup - which he was only terrible for 70mins in that game.

The guy isn’t good enough for the reserves never mind the 1st eleven.

He can’t even master the side ways pass! Can’t remember a single rangers midfielder since 1987 that looses possession as often as he does.

And I’m trying not to mention all the times Scott Brown bupliedbhim home and away!

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02 May 2019 17:16:20
Gersdaft, I did say I wish him nothing but the best. Thought he carries himself very well.

Not sure exactly what happened with Murty but I imagine it's linked to how he has been treated by the club.

You heard dave king say that Murty was his man of the year due to the fact he stepped up to the plate when needed at the cost of his health.

Maybe the senior management at the club blame that on part to how he was treated by senior players? Also think if he went in the following week - apologised and took his punishment then all would have been forgotten. But to my recollection him and Miller went and appealed their fines and won their appeal. That was never going to end well!

He should have been his own man rather than follow Miller's path. Miller's contract was expiring and it wasn't getting renewed. Lee had another year to run though.

Anyhows, that's in the past and hope he find a good level of club that he can go and carry on his career.

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15 Jun 2019 02:31:05
Dorrans - worst midfielder I've ever seen at Rangers! And I include Namouchi in that list!

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04 Jun 2019 19:52:25
Agree with Paul86, think the only player we could lose is Tavernier. We will only sell one or two and his stock is high and unless someone offers over £12M for Morelos he won’t be leaving.

With Ravel Morrison, I would like to know how many games people that say he is great have actually seen him play. I’m guessing with him playing in Mexico and Sweden then probably about the same amount as Pena!

Do we really want to go through all that again?

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28 May 2019 00:09:48
Agreed Deecee. Top player, terrible manager! Still trying to work out the 11 men in the box at a corner?

Regarding his salary, I nearly choked on my corn flakes listening to talk sport this week when he was talking about clubs being responsible with their finances. I think he was one of the highest paid managers in Britain (including epl) when we were in the 3rd division and offering ludicrous salaries to the likes of Sandaza and Kyle!

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24 May 2019 17:48:18
If Scotland were doing it in isolation then we would only be doing it to improve the national side and therefore players from NI, Wales and England would also be classed as foreigners. We would really struggle to put out a decent side.

But if the rest of Europe were doing the same then I think it would be great, it would take the EPL down more than a few notches! In fact probably on a level playing field with ourselves.

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23 May 2019 20:17:57
Jyf, I just live in the real world mate. You can’t take your employer to a tribunal win and expect things to go back to normal.

Lee and the players union were extremely nieve to think this would end well. The players union should have advised him to just pay the fine.

If you refuse then you need to be a special player or prepared to leave.

But let’s just agree to disagree.

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