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16 Feb 2019 23:45:02
The wave of emotion that clouded over Ibrox today was almost tangible. From optimism to hope, then frustration to anger and finally despair. Very poor display with only Candelas, Kent, Kamara and Fodringham getting pass marks. The sterile, uncreative displays have been evident all season- from the home game against UFA to today's game, with a few notable exceptions, and when Morelos is not there to bully opposition defenders and create opportunities from nothing (and to a lesser degree Arfield who's looking for the loose balls usually created by Morelos efforts) then we are a very ordinary team with a defensively minded midfield.

Hope I'm wrong but Davis and Defoe look finished to me and Barasic, Middleton, Grezda and a few others don't appear to be able to cope with a vocal 50000 Rangers crowd where 2 bad passes means the crowd on your back - and consequently due to a lack of confidence they stop make Ng runs, play the easy ball-, usually backwards or sideways and generally don't get involved in the game.

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17 Feb 2019 08:59:17
Very good post LB. I agree with what you said except Middleton . I think he has potential. SG signings have been very poor to say the least. He's playing the same formation he plays with Morelos in the team. Defoe is not that type of player and never will be. A blind man can see that. He has been backed and been given money. SG is out his depth and is clueless with tactics. Honestly he won't take us forward. Chops and changes the team and plays people who don't deserve to be there. Worrall and barasic are bombscares. I also stated that McCrorie is not ready for the first team. Defoe and Davis are poor signings. Good in there day but not now. I know we can't keep changing managers but SG should never have got the job to begin with. We should have hired and still have a chance to get Stevie Clarke. I want SG to do well but the bottom line is he doesn't have it as a manager at this level.

17 Feb 2019 09:32:55
Well if candeias latest performance is deemed passable we have let our expectations drop like a lead balloon.

17 Feb 2019 09:33:23
Get a grip of yourselves.

17 Feb 2019 12:20:01
Care to explain what Candaeis did to earn pass marks.
If running about at full pelt for 80 minutes warrants pass marks, then God help us.

17 Feb 2019 12:37:50
Candaes was dreadful yesterday, this squad not good enough o win league.

17 Feb 2019 14:23:05
Think some need to calm down a bit. Mccrorie has been decent this season. Middleton is just a young lad, barsic was poor yesterday but is our best left back. Candias is either great or piss poor, he's very inconsistent. I think we all got a bit carried away with signing Defoe and Davis. Yesterday performance wasn't good enough but we have improved on last season. I think we'll get 2nd spot.

17 Feb 2019 14:51:52
We're sitting clear in 2nd, had a good run in Europe and are still in Scottish cup but because we had a poor game against st jonstone (which we drew) As1974 thinks SG is sh*te and out of depth. SG has made mistakes and is still learning as a manager. Stevie Clarke is a good manager but am pretty sure he's a shoe-in for the c*ltic job when Brenda leaves for some midtable team in england.

17 Feb 2019 15:18:28
Is clear 2nd acceptable now?

17 Feb 2019 15:24:19
McCrorie isn’t ready for the team 😂😂 STOPPED reading after that NONSENSE.

17 Feb 2019 15:30:11
Barisic is only our best left back on paper. Andy Halliday has produced far better and more gutsy displays on the pitch. He can also cross the ball.

17 Feb 2019 16:21:49
I want rangers to win the league but considering the mess of a season we had last season clear 2nd is an improvement. Halliday is a trier, no doubt about that but I think we'll have to agree to disagree if you think he's our best left back.

17 Feb 2019 16:27:24
Majority of you got a reality check yesterday we are not that good yet
Constantly building yourselves up for a fall team building takes time🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔.

17 Feb 2019 16:34:44
I thought Candelas at least looked for the ball and made the runs. Bad miss I agree but in my opinion Barasic and a few others did not want the ball and when they got it they passed it back or sideways. Also, for the, Lafferty critics, he did more in the short time he was on than Defoe did all game.

17 Feb 2019 17:06:43
Agree re Lafferty. He has become an easy target
How many people genuinely thought SG would win league in first year, he inherited a shambles
My view is it’s draws like yesterday that is our Achilles heal.
Aberdeen Dundee Motherwell Hibs twice.

17 Feb 2019 17:55:20
SG is a young manager he will make mistakes, so does everybody who does anything, I believe 2 of his biggest mistakes have been trying to please the fans. i. e. Lafferty ( which I predicted and, breaks my heart to say it) Davis my fav. Rangers player, he's not even a shadow of his former self. I think his treatment of Katic has been poor too.
He brought in a lot of players and we have had some stellar performances but far too many lacklustre or downright abysmal like yesterday. Hopefully we can sign Kent (permanent) I think he has more chance of being struck twice in the same place than getting into the current Liverpool team. Perhaps the Scouse ED. could kindly give us his views. and 3 more ( of similar or better) and really press next year. The problem will be getting rid of the dead wood, thankfully 4 are loanees.

Still heads up and I'll be back for more next week.

{Ed001's Note - Kent is very unlikely to get a place in the first team next season, so I would think there is a chance of him leaving. Depends a lot on the lad himself, and if he is happy to continue to be farmed out or wants to go and prove himself away from Liverpool on a permanent basis. Will he want to walk away from the comfort and security of the money and support and take a chance?}

17 Feb 2019 18:17:05
@blueberry. We are a clear second? So your happy with second eh? No ambition man.
This is not a knee jerk reaction. Celtic aren't even that good and are a class above us. I am sick of hearing SG is a young manager and will learn. Well he's not learning. If he can't see Defoe can't play in that role like Morelos he's blind. Why is he playing Worral when he's a passenger. Look at his signings. Couibally, grezda, Worrall (loan) Ojaria, (spelling) . I could go on. How many have improved under our manager? Apart from Kent and shagger his signings are total pants! I want him to do well but wake up man. On wed go 4-4-2 with lafftery up top with Defoe. I am saying McCrorie isint ready for the first team. The boy should have gone out on loan. Look at our midfield. It's dire. Rangers fans take the blue tinted glasses off and stop kidding yourselfs on.

17 Feb 2019 18:40:41
Clear second and within 6 points of celtic and win cup for me would be decent season. I would be expecting to win league and at least 1 cup next year with group stages in Europe too. We are rebuilding under yet another manager. SG is young for a manager and still learning but I'm hoping we kick on next season. Think jones will make a difference with his more direct approach.

17 Feb 2019 18:49:01
@Belkshill lad. Win the league within a year? We will be lucky to win on Wednesday trust me. Morelos will be away in the summer. I honestly can't see a future with Gerrard as a manager. Hope he proves me wrong.

17 Feb 2019 18:51:15
No I am not happy with 2nd, as I explained in an earlier post. No I don't understand why Worrell gets a game ahead of katic. I also don't like signing so many loans. I also think SG takes to long to change things in a match. We beat c*ltic with (in your opinion) sh*te midfield. What we have lacked all season is consistency. We're much better of than we where last season. So we've improved.

17 Feb 2019 19:24:19
Magregor, Goldson, Katic, Arfeild, Kent are all decent signings Grezda, Worrall, Couibaly, Barisic, McAuley, Davis are all terrible signings I think the jury’s still out on the likes of Lafferty, Defoe, Kamara, Flanagan, Pollster but it’s Gerrards tactics that worry me he expects to change the players and formation and still expects results top managers know there best 11 and start them or as close to as possible he seems like he’s trying to accommodate some of these guys with his fingers crossed hoping they play well.

17 Feb 2019 19:24:50
Candelas was crap yesterday and I thought lafferty has got to play before Defoe he should not have dropped jack or Halliday or artfeild the guy kamara had a good game and last of all big Wes had a good game I know we will never surrender to them I watch the other mob today and for brown to be giving a yellow card with should have be a straight red is unreal.

18 Feb 2019 08:35:04
McCrorie isn’t ready for the team 😂😂 What planet are you visiting earth from 😂😂😂.

18 Feb 2019 15:29:12
So AS who u want as manager.

18 Feb 2019 15:33:25
Our right side is terrible and not good enough to win the league. Sure Candeias runs about and puts in a good shift but I would have thought that was a given when putting on a rangers shirt. Between him and Tav (who is not a leader of men) their delivery is appalling.
The amount of balls put in with a positive return is very poor.
Our left has far more potential and I'd be more than happy to stay with Kent and Barasic (who will only improve)
Wasn't overly keen on bringing Defoe or Davis back so I'm not at all surprised that they haven't settled well. The type of game we play we need a powerful striker. The only way Defoe will work is playing either 4-4-2 or a diamond and pushing threaded balls through.
Defense for me would be goldston and Katic. Middle of park would be jack and arfield and McCrorie as sitter.
Only other option is to try 3-5-2 again and that probably would suit us better than any other formation.
I did not expect to win league this season but we are making that shower of rubbish look good.

18 Feb 2019 21:30:21
AS, you're talking pish man. In defence of our manager.

The team that you're slating is the team that easily put celtic to the sword. The very same manager, Worrall mccrorie and candieas.

No manager gets every signing right and when you have to make 17 in and another batch out, your chances are hindered. I still think he has more success than failures.

Also, we dabble in loans, freebies and up to £2m transfers. Again, chances of success diminish.

As to improvement of players, tav, halliday, mccrorie, Jack, candieas and morelos have all improved under his coaching. Whether they've improved enough we'll find out.

Consistency is our biggest problem and frustration, as they have proved they can hit a level. However, SG will learn who he can rely on week in week out.

19 Feb 2019 23:37:11
It is early days for Grezda and Barisic and some players take longer than others to settle in. I remain hopeful that both will become good players for us. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Lafferty and Davis. Both are past their silly date and are fast becoming a liability! We will need to move players on in the summer and we will need to bring in three or four significantly better players than we have now. Assuming Morelos goes we will need to spend serious money on a replacement and hopefully Allen is already looking overseas for players that will seriously make a difference.



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