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  1. OLIVER BURKE reckons there’s every chance Barrie McKay can become the next big money Scottish transfer. The 22-year-old was the only Rangers player to trouble RB Leipzig in Sunday’s friendly match in Germany To win the game on my first start in the Red Bull Arena was a great feeling for me. “Scoring against Glasgow Rangers is a good feeling too. “It was a great atmosphere as well, which was nice. The winger is undoubtedly back to his best, drawing praise too from Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers after Gers’ 2-1 defeat in the Hogmanay Old Firm derby. Burke, who broke the Scottish transfer record when he made his life-changing £13million switch to the Bundesliga in August, believes that his Scotland team-mate has the talent to take him to the top. Burke said: “Barrie played very well and had a good match against us. “I don’t know him all that well, but he is capable of anything he wants to do. He’s a good quality player and I believe if he keeps working hard and keeps showing what he’s capable of then he could play at the top level in England. “I don’t see why not. If he continues playing his game for Rangers, anything is possible. He’s a great player and he’s shown that.” https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/football/449446/oliver-burke-tips-rangers-star-barrie-mckay-to-win-big-money-move-out-of-Scotland/
  2. This was written by a guy called forza papac Personally it sums up my feelings towards warburton and where we are going, however I know some will disagree with this blog, what's your opinion on it ? We have reached the half way point in the 2016/7 season and to say it has been a frustrating time for being a Ger is putting it mildly. Let me make it clear from the outset, Second place at Rangers Football Club should never be settled for, we do not accept anything other than winning, that is something that is inbuilt in the traditions set by the club over many generations of fan and player. However… At no other point in our proud, unbroken, history did we have to overcome the tumultuous tribulation set before us. Climbing through an arduous journey of promotion and self-improvement set against a landscape of alleged criminality, fraud and metaphorically darkened skies both on the park and off it. In that time the Club went through Four managers (including Kenny McD & Stuart McCall) and a huge number of players, money was squandered on a bloated squad before the arrival of Weir and Warburton in the summer 2015 after arguably one of the worst results in my recent memory where the club failed to win promotion to the SPFL. This would turn into a blessing in disguise, A new board at the helm, a new managerial set up and a squad of mostly new signings meant that all was swept before us in the early part of that season. An electrifying run of performances married with the right results meant that Supporters dared to whisper in agreement with Warburton’s long term vision and ‘project’ for our football club. Sure we may have stumbled over the line at the latter part of the season rather than burst the ticker tape but a league win, knocking Celtic out of the Scottish Cup to reach that competitions final as well as the Petrofac Cup in the bag (met with howls of derision from our companions across the city but lets not forget this trophy had eluded McCoist the previous 3 years) 2015/16 saw us as comfortable Champions with automatic promotion and to boost Season ticket sales for the following season the club played heavily on the ‘going for 55’ motto. A mistake…..I can see both arguments, it certainly was premature to expect a vaunted challenge for the top crown in Scotland but again as the second paragraph of this piece states…..Second will never be acceptable at our football club and this proclamation was Rangers setting our stall that we are not in this league to take part…..we are here to take over. 19 points of a difference come January 2017 screams that that proclamation has been an abject failure on the face of it. However…. Delve deeper and there is room for interpretative analysis of the abovementioned point. Warburton signed 11 new players for this campaign: Barton, Kranjcar, Rossiter, Crooks, Windass, Gilks, Hodson, Hill, Senderos, Dodoo, Garner Of those 11 only one is currently playing with any regularity and that is 38 year old defensive stalwart Clint Hill who has largely been impressive this season and has breathed a cooling air into the defensive fire that plagued our backline last season. Is it the fact then that Warburton messed up with his signing targets? Again in my opinion, not quite. The elephant in the blue room Joey Barton didn’t work out, again everyone has their own theories on that but it didn’t, I don’t think anyone could blame us for signing the Championship player of the season and I wasn’t alone in expecting Barton to make the trip north and settle in like a house ablaze but alas he didn’t. Kranjcar after a ropey start, due to a lack of match fitness, sustained cruciate knee damage nine games into his Rangers career and will realistically not play again this season. So our two summer marquee signings are unavailable to MW, players that arguably were expected to change the dynamic make up of our football side but now are featureless as Rangers charge into 2017. Rossiter, Dodoo, Windass and Crooks were in my opinion landed as youth with potential, to be eased into a starting eleven and in time take over from Barton and Kranjcars respective roles. Again this doesn’t seem to have worked: Jordan Rossiter, after a promising start, is quite literally the invisible man and has been plagued with the recurring injury problems that darkened his spell at Liverpool. Joe Dodoo, is a raw talent and clearly not the finished article and despite his two goals at Partick has a long way to go to prove his long term worth at the club. Josh Windass, of the list I have mentioned, has had the best start in a Rangers shirt however has shown a concerning tendency to pick up knocks and his form of late hasn’t been as eye catching as the start of the season but I most definitely see a settled place for him in our future midfield. Matt Crooks is another who has struggled for fitness and has yet to show any signs of what prompted the club to snap him up on a January pre contract, again being thrown in at the deep end against Hearts at Tynecastle, our poorest performance of this season, didn’t help his cause but like Dodoo I think he has to start showing signs of why he should be a Rangers player. Matt Gilks, signed as a back up to Wes and in that regard has shown himself more than capable, a worthy addition but may leave in January to pursue regular first team football. Lee Hodson, a utility squad player who has shown that he deserves a settled place at full back given Taverniers wild inconsistences of form. Clint Hill, Mark Warburtons best summer signing in my opinion, the guy has barely put a foot wrong and has given some much needed composure to our defence, I also think his presence has given Wes the confidence he lacked last season at times. Senderos, signed purely instead of Lescott and his horrible debut at Celtic park will surely be the definition of his short lived Rangers career. Joe Garner, beside Clint Hill he has for me been a hit, and not just in the Christmas charts, his lack of goals may cause divisive opinion but his terrier like tenacity and physical presence has given Rangers another stylistic option that last season they certainly lacked. So of the eleven signings only two in my opinion have been a hit and one of them, Garner, has now dislocated his shoulder leaving only Clint Hill as the guaranteed regular starter. To surmise, if Warburton had only signed Clint Hill in the summer and we were sitting in second place then I suggest you would have been laughing. Confidence and Consistency wins league titles and like it or not that is something those across the city have had in abundance. Rangers average run of form has perhaps detracted from the simple fact that c*ltic have had an outstanding start to the season in that I would challenge anyone to tell me the last time an Old firm side won every domestic match bar one draw by Christmas. That does not mean we should accept this, not at all, we should use this as a spur to motivate our players with the mantra that second place will never be good enough. Some of the arguments presented against our manager are a tad fictitious in nature and one which makes me cringe is the claim that he “has no plan B” .. I would argue that it is evident he has changed his tactics and style many times this season. In an earlier blog post this season I called for a sense of ‘perspective’ among our fan base and I would underline that this is now more evident than before. In the league this season we have lost just four times, Aberdeen which was unlucky, Hearts we were well beaten and poor and to Celtic twice. So even if we had won the games where we had drawn; Accies, County, Kilmarnock, St Johnstone – I still think we’d have been 9 or 10 points behind given the blistering start c*ltic had this season. Our aim now must be to regroup, add cleverly in January to cement second place and close the points gap on c*ltic, win the Scottish Cup and qualify for Europe. Next season there cannot be a repetition of errors accrued this season, I think a massive revamp is needed with potentially five or six signings to actively challenge for first team places given that we are practically now challenging for second place in the top division with a team that won the division below last season. I agree with the consensus from a good friend of mine ‘big blue bear’ on twitter who argues that a midfield of ‘Holt&Halliday’ alone won’t win us a title and I completely agree, I think Warburton himself recognised that hence the addition of Barton & Kranjcar in the summer. Can I dispel the notion that backing the manager means you accept second best … far from it, it means that I still believe in his vision, there may come a time where my consensus on that changes but Mark Warburton has guided us through times of strife and delivered a Rangers side more befitting of the crest on our shirt than anything under his predecessor Ally McCoist. Sure I’ve had moments of despair, I’ve sat on bus trips back from c*ltic Park, McDiarmid Park and Pittodrie this season giving it WTF … but on the whole I believe in his vision and I am confident that given time he will overcome current difficulties and set our club back on the road for next seasons title race. I urge my fellow fans to continue to get behind our club and remember: The darkest hour is just before dawn. WATP.
  3. Matt Crooks opens up

    Matt Crooks admits it himself. He could stroll down any street in Glasgow and even the staunchest of Rangers supporters would barely bat an eyelid. And it hurts him. Not that he’s the vain type who needs the adulation and recognition. Far from it. No, the sheer frustration comes from deep within. The fact that, so far at Ibrox, he’s failed to show anyone what he can do on a football pitch. When Crooks arrived from Accrington Stanley in the summer it wasn’t Britain’s most talked about transfer. But when Rangers fans took one look at him, they were filled with optimism about what he could bring. Gaffer Mark Warburton, naturally, had talked him up. But his size and stature – as well as his versatility – looked like being key attributes. The Govan punters were tipping him to be the club’s new centre-half or midfield anchor. Instead, he’s become the forgotten man of Ibrox. Crooks has played just 99 minutes in a blue shirt. And his only start at Hearts in November was a disaster. He looked lost in a progressive midfield role and was hooked with Rangers 2-0 down. He hasn’t kicked a ball since. Granted, he’s been hampered by injuries. It didn’t help that he arrived from Accrington crocked after the League Two club’s inaccurate prognosis of a knee injury But he’s now fully fit and raring to go. The problem is, he can’t get into Warburton’s side as they look to cement second place in the Premiership. That’s why he’s already spoken with the Rangers boss about getting out on loan this month. It wasn’t easy to do. In fact, he’s wrestled with the idea in his own mind for weeks. But ultimately, Crooks feels that he’ll be happier at a smaller club playing – than at a bigger one warming the bench. “I was at Manchester United until I was 15 before they released me,” he said. “I cried my eyes out because I’m a United fan. Moving here felt like I was getting back to that level, in terms of the size of club. “When I was at United, I took it for granted. I don’t want to do the same here. “I need to take full advantage of this place and use it to the best of my ability. “I want to be at a big club and if I’m doing well at Rangers, it’s the best scenario for all parties. But if you’re at a little club and you’re playing – you get more out of it than twiddling your thumbs at a big club like this. “I’ve had the same disagreement with myself over and over again. I don’t want this club to think I'm giving anything up. But at the same time, I’ve been fully fit for two months and haven’t played. “I’m almost 23 and I just want to play. You learn a lot just from playing. That was the case last season for me. It’s been hard going from playing in every game to not playing at all. “It’s a dilemma, whether I should stay and stick it out. But I’ve still got three years left on my contract so it’s not as if time isn’t on my side.” Crooks has the kind of physical presence you might think the current Rangers side are crying out for. But for one reason or another, it hasn’t happened for him. And you can tell just how much it has irked him. He said: “It’s not been ideal, that’s putting it mildly. It’s been hard. But I always try to think positively and I’ve had harder times than this. “I damaged both of my ankles in the past. I had reconstruction on my left one and cartilage work on the right. At Accrington, when I was injured for the first few months it wasn’t great. That didn’t help me. “We only had a council gym to use and one physio in a shed. So it was different to here. They didn't realise the impact of my injury until two months in. I don’t want to say too much – but that was challenging. “I can’t complain now. I’m in a privileged position at Rangers. But it’s still frustrating. Is it easier because I’ve been through a period like this before? It depends what day it is. “Sometimes it’s really hard and you can’t stop thinking about it. But on the other hand, I know that it’s happened before and bad times don’t last. I can pick it up again. “I don’t think the Rangers fans really recognise me. In the street, they probably just walk by me not knowing who I am. I haven’t been able to show them what I can do yet. “Even in the Hearts game, I wasn’t expecting to play. And it didn’t work out for me. That was a chance for me but I didn’t take it. That’s frustrating but it’s up to me to change that. “The position wasn’t strange for me. I haven’t played that role in our formation before. But in midfield, I’m not just a sitter. I like to drive forward with the ball. That’s not an excuse for the way I played. “I definitely see myself as a midfielder and not a defender. That’s where I want to play. People say Tynecastle was a tough environment for my first league start. But I should have been able to handle it. I’m strong enough and good enough to cope with situations with that.” The one saving grace for Crooks is that throughout his torment he’s had Josh Windass to keep up his spirits. Although now, even his old pal from Accrington has been given the bump, with Crooks’s girlfriend joining him in Glasgow. His focus is solely to try to get in the Rangers team and, if not, play regularly somewhere else for six months. He said: “It can be difficult mentally to get through it but I had Josh with me. Day to day, he kept me going. “That made it easier because I’ve known him for a long time. It was good to have him alongside me. But I’ve got my girlfriend and my dog with me now as well, which helps. “I’ve left Josh behind. I had him for a year and that was enough. His dog stinks as well!” http://www.<No links to this website>/sport/football/football-news/manchester-united-rejection-broke-heart-9579809
  4. Tav, Kiernan and Halliday..

    Everyone wants to criticize Kiernan for the 2nd goal, I don't see Wilson getting criticized for allowing dembele to have a free shot for their equalizer people just like to use Kiernan as a scapegoat, personally I don't think he is that good, but we did not lose this match because of him.
  5. Don't understand the praise for Wilson, his defending for the corner was criminal, his distribution wasn't much better
  6. Everyone is an imposter.

    Until someone invests in that team we are going nowhere, The board have to take blame for us being at this stage 20 months ffs and we have a team that cost around the same price as 1 player in the scum team fucking unacceptable, looks like more years of mediocrity, but it's okay, "we have a plan" and "progress is being made on and off the pitch"
  7. Serious lack of quality

    I thought the majority of the players gave 100% and the match went better than I was expecting it to go (in terms of performance) but in the end there is ridiculous difference in quality between us and them we will not get close to winning 55 with that squad but what do people expect when you buy freebies and lower league players ? although I doubt he will, dave king has to step with cash and not words where do we go from here ?
  8. Windass

    "thought josh was excellent... just got to work on his fitness levels" MW said that after the game
  9. Joey sent home

    I dont understand all this "warburton would have still played him on saturday" patter. If he has the balls to suspend him then clearly he could drop him.
  10. Rob Keirnan

    Although i do agree with you that we need a new cb which will happen, i just think that over time kiernian can become that commanding cb,
  11. Rob Keirnan

    Unpopular view but i like him, Yes can be a bit rash, but he still has his best years ahead of him, he has been shocking in some games but has been outstanding in others, people seem to love pointing out his poorer games, and almost ignoring his best games.Like i said he has shown how good he can be, now he just needs to show it consintantly and that will come with games. People forget before came to us he had barely had a season where he played consintantly.At least you know he will give 100% and he will only improve
  12. Team vs Burnley

    This match has helped us more than the league cup matches have, this is what we needed, to come up against a team that was better than us rather than having strolls against part timers , the players will learn a lot from this. I am still confident this group can win 55, including kiernian , however i do agree we we need a CB and MW knows this, This will be beneficial to us
  13. Rangers Daily Record Blogger

    Hahaha, if you have to question yourself if you should support Rangers then you are not a proper Fan ffs.
  14. Did Zenit Cheat ?

    Aye to be fair to the players we played a crazy 4 games in 8 days, Im sure the SFA refused to postpone a match which would have helped us
  15. MoH

    Sarcasm ?
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