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  1. NeoGeo7


    Rotation is required in a long season and we need good quality back-up in each position. Worrall is Gerrards preferred CB alongside Goldson and if there is one area of the field that doesn’t benefit from needless rotation is the back line. Its harsh but that’s squad football and Katie needs to work hard if he wants back in or wait until injuries or suspension kicks in for one of the first choice pairing. Nothing more in it than that.
  2. Ok, drop Tav and play Flanaga......no he's rank rotten, ok lets throw Jordan Houston in then.
  3. Tried to edit the stupid autocorrect before some smart arse got in with that one again
  4. Nope rossiter as holding and jack doing the running as box to box with arfield occupying space between midfield and up front. I think arfield isn’t going to last the whole game so I’d be looking to bring ejaria on later when killie tire out as well, coulibaly has been rank rotten of late and I wouldn’t play Halliday in the box to box role over jack. We do have too many defensive minded midfielders and like I said I can’t see arfield lasting the whole game so I’d prefer to have him from the start and ejaria from the bench,
  5. The title is never decided in October however there are enough bumps in the road already to suggest the management team seriously need to buck up their ideas. If we win 5 games on the trot then we're probably within a few points of first but its all ifs, buts and maybes. Talk is cheap so its all very well managers and players say its not good enough, we've let the supporters down etc. etc. but the only thing that sets it right again is going on a winning streak.
  6. Look at the space ejaria had there and clearly he was frustrated he didn’t get the ball here. Pick him out and get him to just shoot from 20 yards.
  7. that will be his first and last appearance for us, make no mistake of that.
  8. This. Morelos actually has improved but he does still get caught offside more often than I’d like. Sadiq seemed to really lack a basic awareness of the rule itself now I don’t condone Gerrard for putting him in the team but Sadiq is not even Scottish championship level from what I’ve seen either from the development squad games or this game.
  9. The crazy thing is he should have started against Ayr, then we’d have known then he was pish and Morelos would have been available for yesterday. I also think we were mad for not getting another striker or at the very least keeping Rudden around the first team. Sadiq will be back at Roma in January but Gerrard and Allen need to learn from this.
  10. Expect this to be the norm going forward whether at Ibrox or even away from home. Livingston and Aberdeen have shown how to do it and Hamilton came close so I can't see many teams trying to have a go at us and depending on how well organised their defences are we will see varied results if we keep plugging away at 4-3-3. I'm certainly no expert on this but some of the ideas that spring to mind are: Better Attacking Players Goes without saying that better players in particular a creative central midfielder capable of beating a man and drawing the back line out or picking a through ball or reverse pass that unlocks a defence would be hugely beneficial for us but we are currently 2 months from any potential additions plus getting a player like that within our budget will be very difficult. So that most likely means we have to work on what we have. Variety If we always look to do the same attacks then your opposition is always going to be in their comfort zone especially if the way you play is the same way from your last 5 games. Predictability means managers can plan ahead for countering your playing style such as having your wide players man marked by fullbacks no matter where they went on the park. With a packed box you don't have much choice in terms of getting through. Lump it in the box from wide or from deep and its going to be cleared (especially when Sadiq is up against defenders like McKenna and Devlin who thrive of aerial defending). Playing in to feet isn't going to work either as they will crowd you out. So perhaps try long range efforts some of the time and sometimes it might be blocked, other times deflected for a corner, other times work the keeper and perhaps even score but having the ball central and just playing it wide to Kent or Candeias or Tav is just going to mean the same thing. Close them down but keep the box packed and our crosses don't get past the first man or it gets cleared (or our forwards aren't in a good enough position to capitalise). This needs to be worked on in training. Fluid front 3 I thought Gerrard would have gone for an interchanging front 3 without a main striker yesterday. It basically means that instead of Sadiq who sat between McKenna and Devlin all game you don't have anyone that is always in the middle. It causes the central defenders to have to concentrate far more rather than know they are picking up a certain player that they have to figure out who is the danger for each attacking move which if we change the front 3 it won't always be the same player. Candeias can strike a ball well as can Kent while Middleton has shown he too can finish and Grezda has been played through the middle for his country so you'd have to assume he can do a job there. We had the options on the bench to change this but Gerrard stuck with the lone striker, pressing and holding up play which if its not Morelos it just doesn't work with our current squad. Gerrard stuck with Sadiq which either shows a) he didn't see he was awful and was never going to score or b) he didn't have faith in his bench to play a formation without a recognised striker. If its either of these thats slightly troubling to say the least. Getting In The Lead First This most likely means getting a goal from a set piece and it forces the other team to either accept a 1-0 defeat or hope to scrape a 1-1 draw or they open up to get back into the game that allows our natural game to give us better results. Our set pieces in the last few games have been particularly poor, the delivery and the quality of finish if it does find a man in the box. For me this is an easy thing to work on since a packed defence is going to give away a number of corners and free kicks as was seen yesterday. For a start Tav needs to be taken off corners and free kicks and give it to Kent even if its just to get Tav to buck up his ideas and put in extra training for set pieces. I wonder how many corners and free kicks someone like Beckham practiced during his career? Give the Ball Away Aberdeen were happy to let us have the ball knowing that we weren't doing much with it and therefore just sat deep and waited for us to lose the ball and hit us on the counter. So instead of us playing to their game plan why not throw a spanner in the works by giving them the lions share of the ball and we sit deep and counter them. We don't have to change our personnel or play that way the whole game but even if we make a conscious decision to do this for a spell and we know its our choice rather than the opposition dominating then its controlled and we make sure we work on getting the ball to our outballs during training so that guys like Kent, Candeias and Middleton can hit them on the break. It's risky as we've played our better football when on the front foot and you may well lose a goal but it would certainly make the opposition change their game plan. I can only hope that the management team are now (if they weren't already) fully aware of the issues that we face domestically (and in Europe when teams do what Spartak did) and that they need to come up with ideas and implement these on the training ground pronto. Wednesday night will most likely see a Kilmarnock side that sit deep and look to counter so even with Morelos back and most likely Arfield starting it just might not be enough to break them down and get the goal. One thing is certain if we just keep sticking to Plan A this is going to end up the same way as it did under Warburton, looks good to begin with then get sussed out and don't have any answers.
  11. We’ve got to be able to perform without some players playing, that’s squad depth and we don’t have it right now. The manager didn’t need to play him against Ayr but had no other striker. The manager playing the same midfield 3 that struggled to create any chances against spartak again was the bigger worry for me.
  12. Never happy with the official line-up tweets, i know we all know the formation but its nicer to see it as you would normally: Really gutted Arfield isn't fit enough for the starting line-up and Sadiq is a huge gamble but saying that if he does shite we at least have a couple of options in Middleton and Grezda should we need it.
  13. Yes, don’t want him getting sent off while he’s watching the game in the stands
  14. Fluid front 3 of Kent, Candeias and Grezda. All can play left or right and Kent or Grezda can go through the middle.
  15. Forgetting that we usually play Fod in league cup games.....though perhaps this one is too important to rotate?
  16. If Arfield is fit I reckon this will be the line-up: That front 3 will interchange throughout the game and the reason I reckon Grezda will feature over Middleton is the fact he can play anywhere across the front 3 as could the other 2, I can't see Middleton being in the central or right wing if I'm being honest, his strength is beating full backs and hitting the byeline. Really need Arfield back for this one.
  17. Not automatically no but take Hanni versus Grezda as an example. One cost £7.2m and the other £1.8m and I know Grezda still needs time to bed in but it was pretty obvious who was the more effective player last night. I reckon if we get a draw over in Moscow we'll be doing well and will have to target upsetting Villarreal or at the very least a win in Austria.
  18. Don't agree with your valuation of Coulibaly and I doubt the agreed fee is that high with Angers probably more like £1.5m, but even if we do say Coulibaly is £5m and take that into account from the 4.9 lets add 18m then we are still less than half of the Spartak spend, so my point still stands that on paper we should have been beaten last night as we should have against Villarreal but we are punching above our weight so when we don't get the win at home against a team that won the Russian league 2 seasons ago then its not all doom and gloom.
  19. I'm not alone in feeling that last night was an opportunity missed and we may look back and regret not taking our chances particularly in the first half, however perspective is something that we really need here and for anyone still struggling with it (because expectations are raised when we do well as thats how we get better) then here is some food for thought: Our 13 players used last night in terms of transfer fees involved totaled £4.9m excluding loan fees (as I'm not sure what these will be lets say for arguements sake its another £4m - 1m for each loanee that played last night making it £8.9m) Spartak used 14 players that totaled £49m even their substitutes alone amounted to 17.9m Now I know its not the complete picture since free transfers still add value to the squad as a whole but if we could spend £11m on a single midfielder I reckon it would be a better player than Jack, Ejaria and Coulibaly so the arguement still stands that whether it felt like it or not last night on paper we were the underdogs and we are kicking ourselves for not winning so its better to be in this position than getting pumped and sitting bottom of the table.
  20. The challenge was from behind for Grezda but he falls forward and throws his arms in the air, had he just fallen naturally we might have got the penalty. Agree on the ejaria one though, forgot about that.
  21. The ref was largely ok but he let them get away with play acting and going over too easily as well as some rash challenges. The challenge on Morelos in the first half when we were countering a corner the number 22 took Morelos our without getting near the ball, it was a clear yellow and none given. Fernando scything ejaria and no card only to go in on Candeias with his trailing leg coming in behind for a scissor tackle, very lucky to be on the field. However, he let us off with candeias second half. Candeias on a yellow trips a player up from behind in the centre of the park and Candeias stops playing and holds his hand up looking like he’s got caught out and is about to get his second yellow and the ref didn’t blow the whistle. Its not the worst refereeing performance we’ve seen this season by a long shot but it wasn’t the best either.
  22. When one of their players cost spartak more than we spent this entire summer on transfers you need to have a bit of perspective. However that’s the Rangers way, never be happy with second best as it’s wha makes us the best. That game was there for the taking and I just hope we can get something over there in 2 weeks as I think Villarreal are going to win the group comfortably now.
  23. 2 points dropped and left feeling disappointed after that but to be on 5 points after 3 games, unbeaten in Europe this season when 6 years ago we were playing Queen’s Park at home on the 20th October and won 2-0 thanks to a mcculloch double with one coming in injury time. Yes we all feel disappointed we couldn’t capitalise on the first half dominance but we need some perspective.
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