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About whytes3

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  1. I think the signing of more "senior" players is as a result of a number of factors. Firstly, I think in reviewing last season, the lack of experienced heads in the team meant that on occasion we were looking for leaders in the dressing room when things weren't going so well. Bringing guys like Barton, Hill, Krancjar in has added that dynamic. Secondly, the manager has spoken a number of times recently about the current transfer market and the sums being spent down south and this will have had a significantly limiting effect on who we can bring in within our budget. We need battle-ready players to come in for our 1st season back in the top flight and our financial ability dictates that this will come form guys who are right at the start of their career (1st team career anyway) such as Rossiter and Jordan Thompson or players moving towards the latter stages of their career (Barton, etc). Thirdly (and linked to the above), the expectation is that we are back in the top flight and will be challenging for the title. To do that we need players desperate to win titles. Guys like Barton, Krancjar have enjoyed high profile careers but have a pretty much empty drawer at home where the medals to reflect their career should be. This is a last chance for them to add some major trophies to their career record. Fourthly, and again linked back to number 2, in signing older, high profile players we are further raising the profile of the club as a place where younger, hungry players will want to go if they are seeing guys like Barton going instead of playing in the EPL. Fifthly, the manger will also be looking at what has worked in the SPL in recent times and the clubs we are up against. The likes of the Sheep have filled their squad with experienced journeymen which has seen them do well in the last couple of years and it would be foolish to ignore that. Some youngers players struggled with the physicality last season (Odouwa as an example) so it may be he feels the need to have more experience in the squad to protect younger players. Personally, I think the balance is just about right within the squad in terms of the age range of players for the stage we are at. Over time I would absolutely like to see us in a position where we are producing our own younger players (or buying in younger players) but the aim just now is to make sure we come back with a bang and then look to kick on from there.
  2. Absolutely we do. We have plenty of attacking options in terms of creating chances but we very much need an out and out goalscorer If there is one thing we were very guilty of last season it was not converting chances - having someone who wants to/is able to bag more of these opportunities is a must for us if we are to succeed this year
  3. He has been completely rejuvenated this season under Warburton and whilst he might not play as regular a role next season in the first xi, he will continue to have a massively positive effect on the dressing room. hes an excellent pro and a great example to the younger players, not just as to what it takes to make it generally, but also what it takes to make it as a Ranger
  4. It has indeed but the journey is far from over. For us to be back we need to be back at the business end of the top league and we've yet to show we can take our place back there. the end of this season has shown that we are by far not the finished article and that we need to strengthen. hopefully we can do this and take our rightful place back at the top of the premier league
  5. Looking for 2 x spaces on a bus going from or via Dunfermline area for Sunday. Any help would be appreciated!
  6. Both - they are horrific individually and as a pairing
  7. It would be great to see a scheme like this although hard to implement due to the nature of current [layer contracts. Achieving something that rewards player performance as opposed to them merely turning up for a pya cheque would be a big step forward
  8. Hope his side get pumped - piss poor excuse for a footballer and a cunt of a guy
  9. Our ability to push on for the full 90 minutes is one of the major differences between us under Warburton than under McCoist. That goes down to fitness in large part and a desire to win that seemed completely lacking last year in particular. That said, I would much rather see us put the game to bed earlier than we have in the recent games!
  10. There are arguably only about 5 or 6 clubs in the world (Barca, Bayern, R Madrid and 2-3 clubs in England) that are not "selling clubs", ie, where each player does not have a price that woudl be accepted for their players. Especially since the post-Bosman era, players are a commodity and commodities will be traded. We are much lower down the football foodchain than we once were - partly due to previous financial mis-management and partly due to the gulf created by our lack of TV revenue versus the major European league's getting great TV contracts. That means, like it or not, that every player will have their price, be it Wagge, Tav, etc. Our financial position is by no means secure in the long term given that we are surviving on loans and will be for the foreseeable future until a share issue comes along (and even then the share issue will have to cover the cost of the loans already granted). That makes us even more susceptible to bids from other clubs. The FM-style level of values that we place on our players isn't going to be what their true value is to the club as well. We have to remember where we are as a club and also the level of player we currently have on our books. Whilst is it far better than what we had over the year or 2 before, there are no Messi's or Ronaldo's in our current squad and the price at which we sell will be reflective of this.
  11. Will be good to see the return of the failures to Ibrox.and even better to see us put them to the sword
  12. Seems the old sporting integrity appetitie has diminished significantly now that the harsh reality of turning on our club has well and truly bitten into the finances of the other clubs
  13. Good to see this has gone down well and yes, it is Watermans paying the cost and not Waggy...and not through an EBT either! It came on the back of Andy Murray doing a donation for aces so can't take credit for the novel ideal I'm hoping a few other kit sponsrors will follow our lead and do the same to help the foundation
  14. I reckon no based purely on his playing ability. I' don't think we shoudo have re signed him in the first place. One thing that we don't see though is what he is like off the park. It may be that Warburton would have a Eustace type role for him as a senior pro. I'll like to hope we can bolster the front line in January or the summer though as , for me, both Miller and Clark are not good enough
  15. I took my wife to her one and only game of football at our last game of the season in 2012/13 against Berwick at Ibrox. Game was terrible although we did win 1-0 and it was the first step on "the journey" I only took her as she was pregnant at the time and I wanted to ensure Rangers were in my first born's blood! The wife hasn't been asked back and no further plans to do so