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14 Jul 2018 10:04:25
Morning bears. It's been a couple of days since the game and I've watched it back and would like to offer my perspective on things:

I think back to exactly this time last year when we were in the process of being put out of Europe by a team - that in all fairness, Rangers should be beating. It got me thinking: - we had spent the same amount of money on players if not more than we have at this stage of this season and we were not able to win. Fast forward a year and we have a new coaching team in place lead by Stevie G and the majority of us are full of optimism and quite rightly so. He's added to the team, a group of players who will do significantly better than the junk we had last year. It's true that Thursday was not a great performance but yet we won the game and kept a clean sheet which should be enough to take to the away leg and see us qualify for the next round. Point is - we didn't play great but we won the game and that is sometimes needed . had we played like that last year under our previous management (Murty included) we may have struggled.

The journey has just begun bears and I for one think it will be a successful one. Couple more additions to the team and we will be there or there about.

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14 Jul 2018 09:45:44
I'm surprised we never set up more preseason friendlies before our qualifier might not have made a big difference but at least a few more games together to prepare.

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14 Jul 2018 19:52:10
I would leave it to Stevie me2 if we set up a few friendlys and his forbid say rossiter And mcorrie get injured, 😳l for one would never forgive you my friend

14 Jul 2018 07:47:32
Right lads been a few days now since our first competitive match under Steven gerrard. I’m in costa adeje, couldn’t see the match but from what I’m hearing and reading it wasn’t great. Managed to follow on the live chat on here and got into a spat with a few as some of the posts were imo bang out of order. Are we not prepared to give this new era time and indeed a chance? New management, new players, new system? Some of these guys will never have been to a stadium or full house like that never mind playing in front of them. I understand there were 6 or 7 playing from last season but these guys will also need time to adjust to the changes. I know we need to hit the ground running give me a 2-0 victory in Europe any day of the week. Thoughts lads

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14 Jul 2018 08:12:02
I don’t like bashing Rangers fans but by **** some of them are thick, moaning about last nights result. We controlled the game. Scored two, clean sheet, and never looked in danger, IF we had a finisher it could’ve been 5! A great result and a good performance for our first competitive hit out and its European competition. A team with 5/ 6 new players starting including 3 of the back 4 and the keeper. We are still in pre season teams and combinations take time to gel. It’s no FIFA or Football Manager. Give them a break. I’ll judge them in December until then they deserve time and a bit of PATIENCE! 🔴⚪️💙

14 Jul 2018 08:20:54
I suppose you had to see it for yourself sharpshooter. We basically played the same as last season although we definitely looked more solid in defence. In saying that though, the team we played against didn't even look as good as a Junior side - they were very poor and still managed to hit the cross bar and put us under some pressure at corners.

I'm hoping that Sadiq is a deadly finisher because we need one to help and support Morelos, even just to shoulder the responsibility.

Also we need someone in midfield that can put there foot on the ball and control a game of football - maybe coulibaly will be the answer?

Personally the guy Mulumbu from Kilmarnock hasn't signed with anyone yet. We should definitely try and sign him even for a year or two. For me he was the player of the season last year.

In general though in regard to giving someone time. I think Gerrard will get less time than anyone has ever had at Ibrox. We have had to watch terrible football for years and think most fans are fed up. The expectation level is so high that Gerrard simply needs to get it right and soon.

14 Jul 2018 08:21:06
Which begs the question, why persist with Morelos and Windass from last season? A striker should have been the priority. I'm glad the defence looks solid now and we have plenty of midfield players but we need to put games to bed much sooner this season!

14 Jul 2018 09:07:03
Great post sharpshootersPOM. SG and his team will quickly work out that any of last seasons players are simply not good enough if we get any decent money for morelos or windass i would bite their hand off. i still say tav can't defend and should play in advanced role. murphy is the one exception and will do well. Almost a full new team is required and this will take a litte time. SG and co will get it right. he is quickly working out the players who he knows he can rely on and the individuals who have let the club down far too many times in the past

14 Jul 2018 09:08:05
I was at the game on Thursday and it worryingly echoed the European home tie last year. Good control in the first half, missed a few chances and looked like cannot sustain the intensity required over the full game. I think most would agree this was the story of last season. I think there are some good signs and it is always difficult this early in the season.

My biggest concern is that Candeas and Windass do no to have what it takes to play for Rangers and Tavernier was caught out of position on at least 3 occasions. Against better opposition we will be found out. If we are to challenge for the league, these guys are not good enough.

14 Jul 2018 09:53:11
I do agree Morelos and Windass should not be our front 2? The amount of chances last year missed was dreadful and we need another striker in🇬🇧

14 Jul 2018 10:00:23
Apart from looking solid at the back (against who?, ) It was scarily similar to last season. As far as I know hibs haven't paid millions for a striker, & they got the job done first time of asking!
I appreciate there are lots of changes and things will hopefully develop, but show me something Stevie G.

14 Jul 2018 10:23:05
I agree we look solid at the back and totally support mr g and his new backroom team but windass and morellos are as bad as last season and just ain't good enough.

14 Jul 2018 13:07:05
I asked on here couple of weeks ago who else thought we were short of some quality players to win league. I was shot down re candaes, windlass and Morelos.
They need to become bench players, although I do like Morelos.
Also Tav has to defend first and foremost caught out three times at least.

14 Jul 2018 14:21:05
Zikos you obv have no clue about the levels in football. The opposition didn’t look as good as a junior side? Seriously lol. The levels are enormous! Junior teams playing in Scottish cup prove that.
Opposition were set up to frustrate and kept a solid shape. It was our second competitive game and fans need a reality check. I’d take a win and a clean sheet in Europe every day of the week. They will have to come out now and i'd expect us to exploit the spaces and score a few more goals and keep a clean sheet.

14 Jul 2018 15:23:34
Scotty123, That was exactly my point! If schkupi (sorry for the spelling) were to enter the Scottish cup at the same level as some of the junior teams then they would get knocked out pretty quickly.

They say there isn't any easy games in Europe, well that had to be the easiest, and they still hit the crossbar and put us under pressure at corners.

In regard to being well set up. You don't have to be a professional team to be well organised, look at Iceland.

Gerrard should try and arrange some close door matches so he can nail down his best eleven. Watching the game the other night it seemed he was still experimenting.

Review Of The Day 14th July 2018

14 Jul 2018 06:41:31
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 14th July 2018

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13 Jul 2018 21:15:58
We're Doomed I tell you Doomed 😂

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13 Jul 2018 20:57:56
Quick question bears, I'm heading to Kavos on a lads holiday at the start of september and have just realised we'll be there when the first old firm game is on, anyone know any decent places to watch the game out there?

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13 Jul 2018 22:58:38
Aye mate the pub!

14 Jul 2018 07:57:02
KAVOS, what a hole! 😭😭

14 Jul 2018 09:26:37
Apparently it is a hole. Anyway no Rangers bars

14 Jul 2018 13:00:11
Aye its a hole but I'm going for the booze no the location 😂

14 Jul 2018 13:19:47
Ask to join a group on Facebook called Bars for Bears mate. An admin will accept you and you can ask the question on there! Great wee group! Folk also post pics of bars from around the world that are Gers friendly.

But to answer your question I don’t know any in Kavos 😂 have a belter when it comes 🍻

14 Jul 2018 18:01:30
Cheers mate I'll do that! 👍 Done most of the boozy greek islands so might as well complete the set 😂

13 Jul 2018 20:14:46
Can’t help but think we are in need of some left footed players to give some balance to the team. Every player last night was right footed which saw a lot of cutting inside. Not sure who tbh but just feel it’s what we need

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13 Jul 2018 20:25:10
Totally agree hence why I would play 3 at the back to allow John to play in a 5 in midfield. Also maybe Middleton wide as they are only 2 left footed players available. Clearly the manager won't drop tav to allow Flanagan to play his normal right back position so sacrificing our true left footed player in John to give Flanagan a game. .

13 Jul 2018 21:38:29
C. f bear.
Totally agree we could play 3 at the back and move Tav into midfield.
Rather than play John in midfield I would like to see Middleton play and move Murphy to the right.
We did lack balance on the left and composure upfront.
The positives were - we kept a clean sheet and won plus Ejaria and Middleton did well when they came on.
It was only the first competitive game of the season so patience is key.

13 Jul 2018 22:02:11
Young guy Middleton looks a player and glad to hear SG singing praises of macrorie. I've said on here there's a player in Windass but I'm fed up waiting. If we get a decent offer I would shake his hand and wish him awe the best.

13 Jul 2018 22:38:04
Flanagan is far superior to declan john!

14 Jul 2018 07:25:50
IMO moving to 3 at the back unfortunately leaves no room for wingers in the team unless you go 3-4-3 and they play wide of a striker. I’d rather pack the midfield with 3 quality central players and have two up top. Murphy could play off a front man as could Windass and even Morelos but we need a goal machine, fingers crossed it’s Sadiq!

14 Jul 2018 08:13:50
Middleton and the youngster from Liverpool looked a very exciting combo when they came on . would lov
To see again

14 Jul 2018 09:20:59
Totally agree jzer but he's also a better right back than tav and we r short in left footed players . If we r sticking with a 442 I would play John and play flnnaghan at right back and move tav forward. Means Candeias or windass need to go but they shouldn't be playing anyway.

13 Jul 2018 19:56:42
Continually see reports linking us with Joe Hart really don't see how this can be a story as we have signed shagger and Hart is majorly over rated and over paid.

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13 Jul 2018 22:02:50
It's definitely nonsense. Even if we were looking for a keeper, which we obviously aren't, we wouldn't be looking at him

13 Jul 2018 22:40:34
we have other areas of the team which need addressed far more urgently than GK

said it wks ago we need better forwards - much better

really glad defence seems to be more solid and we have options in midfield but if we want to challenge, morelos and windass aren’t good enough

sorry bears that’s how i see it we need a top class poacher not a hard working grafter who holds it up well but misses sitters every wk - really hope it doesn’t cost us


13 Jul 2018 19:58:15
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13 Jul 2018 18:32:12
Flanagan looks a solid no nonsense type, we won't lose as many goals this season by the look of things. katik looks OK, maybe a bit nervous on ball like bates was but solid. Like the look of goldson and would like to see Middleton get a chance against better opposition see how he goes.

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13 Jul 2018 19:02:48
Flanagan looks as though he’ll be a solid and safe acquisition. However, I do prefer to have a left footed player playing left back as it gives more balance to the team. I’d also like to see a left footed winger signed up. Possibly someone in similar mould to Neil McCann as he was able to whip good crosses in from the left but we need a out and out striker to get on the end of them.

13 Jul 2018 19:29:51
We don’t need to buy a winger like Neil McCann when we have the Scottish Neymar in our squad! Just give him games!

13 Jul 2018 20:55:37
The whole second half was crying out for Middleton, we didn't really have anyone really trying to get at them and as soon as he came on his only focus was hitting the by line. To be fair it was a slow performance in terms of tempo and bite, but had Windass and Morelos taken their chances we would be talking about a 5 or 6 nil win. A certain amount of criticism is well deserved but I do think with more games and a little bit of time as well as SG putting a boot up their ass we will be better.

14 Jul 2018 13:14:40
I think the Judge confirmed that Flanagan was a no-nonsense type a few months back.


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