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  1. 8 points
    After a nervy final 24 hours of the transfer window, with Chinese bids received and rejected for our top scorer, we survey the state of the squad and look forward to welcoming Hibs to Ibrox this weekend. Lennon's side will undoubtedly be combative. Look no further than the last game between the sides at Ibrox in August and the refereeing performance of John Beaton. At times it felt like a wrestling match Beaton was overseeing; and like all wrestling matches - he seemed to be steering towards a pre-determined outcome. Jesting aside, like many, I struggle with the idea that referees are actually biased. But that doesn't meant that they don't jump through some ridiculous mental hoops when it comes to how they referee us. Are we judged to a different standard? It often seems that way. But more likely, the standard of our officiating reflects the standard of the Scottish game overall. One of the the key protagonists for Hibs back in August was Anthony Stokes who, curiously, left Hibs yesterday by mutual consent. it seems even the bold Neil Lennon will only put up with his clear attitude and behavioural issues for so long, and that tells you something! Lennon has however brought in Florian Kemberi on loan from Grasshoppers Zurich to replace Stokes. He also brought in Cammy Bell from Kilmarnock, who replaces the departing Scott Bain who was on loan from Dundee and has now joined Celtic; as well as another couple of loanees - Jamie Maclaren and Faycal Rherras. Simon Murray who scored Hibs' first goal back in August has joined Dundee on loan, with Liam Fontaine going to Ross County. How much of an impact those player changes will make for Hibs remains to be seen. But as ever at a clubs like ours, it comes down to our own attitude and application first and foremost. We will need to win the battle first, before we can settle to play the game on our own terms. Murty has instilled a bit of grit to the team and its clear we find the big games easier to play in. With the new additions to our own squad, coupled with a productive training camp in the US for the Florida Cup, we've started the new year with confidence. Hibs will no no doubt put us under pressure at various times. The last game between the sides in December saw them go a goal up in the first few minutes and they were clearly the better side until we scored two goals late in the first half through Windass and then memorably Morelos, with his cheeky near post finish after a glorious bit of skill to eliminate his marker. We saw the game out but Hibs were wasteful at times and the game could have gone either way. Fans favourite Morelos remains with us for the time being. Murty's post match words on Sky following last night's scrappy win against Fraserburgh seemed to suggest that perhaps there wasn't much substance behind the bids from China. Given their transfer window still has another month to go, speculation will no doubt continue. I would however start Morelos and resist the obvious GIRUY temptation to start with Cummings on Saturday. I think its important we put an arm round the lad and make sure he knows he is loved and can progress his career with us. If he continues to improve he will get the move he wants so its not in our interests to stand in his way long term, unless we want to have a Dembele-like situation developing. Much of the rest of the team picks itself in my view, based on the game versus Ross County. Cummings for me is a stick-on to come off the bench and get a goal. I for one can't wait to see his celebration and the look on the spoon burner's faces. Match Prediction: Rangers 3 - Hibs 1 Morelos FGS
  2. 6 points
    Yeah, when I think back to what an utter shambles the club seemed to be, both on and off the pitch, when McInnes knocked us back, I wouldn't have believed we could have strengthened the side the way we have. Like most of us I really want Murty to do well and one thing this transfer window has done is bring a renewed sense of optimism to the support. There's a belief now we are going in the right direction. Every single signing makes sense, there's a core to the squad now of people who understand the league, the opposition and the what the club means to the support, that can only be a good thing. I think we're still missing a bit of craft, particularly in midfield, but overall I'm delighted with the progress we've made in the last couple of months.
  3. 2 points
    A youth player attempting to get into the Rangers first team (and staying there) is a very different prospect from getting into the Hearts or Hamilton first XI to name but two other clubs. Of course any Rangers manager would want to promote the best young players but only the very best are capable of making that step and it's worth noting that players develop at different stages as well.
  4. 2 points
    Do you ever wonder why certain 'feminists' and 'radicals', or even 'radical feminists', like La Bocca Haggerty never attack the hierarchical, patriarchal, celibate, gerontocracy of the RC Church, which holds huge swathes of the globe, and the populations domiciled therein, under its sway, and which, even to this day, excludes women from its every working. Now there's a fucking target, 'Captain'.
  5. 2 points
    I don't have any worries about Morelos other than he may struggle now and again without having had a proper rest of note since last April.
  6. 2 points
    I think he's just pointing out that a striker 4 years older than Morelos with a pretty average scoring record in the championship has gone for £10m, £2m more than was offered for Morelos. 12 goals in 44 last season, 8 in 27 this season. For once Sutton is right, Scottish clubs are letting players go too cheaply.
  7. 2 points
    Just a wee comparison to money being spent on a striker
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  9. 2 points
    The irony of feminists claiming to represent the rights of women, yet telling them what they can and can not do.....
  10. 2 points
    I would tell Moreloss keep scoring plenty of goals and we will have to sell you when the 40 million pound offers come flowing in
  11. 2 points
    Seems like cause for optimism. I'm not sure how I'll cope with that but will try. 😀
  12. 1 point
    Frankly, if i was you I would seek some legal advice, from a lawyer versed in sports' law. It is important to establish just where he stands contractually, and if the Club has been in breach of its obligations.
  13. 1 point
    Yeah - I'm not saying we must do it. However it would be a bit of a sweetener for him and his agent as we look set to block what could be life changing amounts of money for him and his family. I expect this type of business will be done behind closed doors though.
  14. 1 point
    PS: I'll publish it tomorrow am.
  15. 1 point
    I'm not surprised, there needs to be a clear pathway to the first team. I don't see why everyone is so concerned about having senior backups for every position. I find it bizarre. How little trust do we have in our U20s that we wouldn't trust them to step in on an odd occasion? And the big thing for Rangers is we're throwing money away to do this.
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  17. 1 point
    Kris Boyd's comments on Niko Kranjar last night were very strange indeed. He seemed to be eulogising his performance and Commons also joined in with the chorus, as they played a clip of his best moments in the match. Now, I think its fair to say that between them they know far more about playing football than I do, but what game were they watching? Yes it was poor overall, but Niko especially, those couple of glimpses aside, was absolutely dreadful. He's shot as footballer and just doesn't have the legs to compete. I lost count of the number of times he was outpaced and oumuscled, the number of times he misplaced passes and gave the ball away, or was stretching to reach a ball because he wasn't quick enough to reach it in the first place... it was embarrassing quite frankly and I can't fathom why he was given a run out unless it was some sort of final hurrah for being a good guy round the squad and because the U-20s were playing Villareal the other day. Was Boyd over-compensating for his ridiculous comments on our bid for Jordan Jones? He's fast moving into Chris Sutton territory for me.
  18. 1 point
    I still think he will go , we are making all the right noises about not having to sell him , in fact if it was me I wouldn't sell him , however at the end of the dat , el buffalo is 21 , has no emotional ties to us is very possibly supporting his entire family and the money being offered will be massive compared to what he's on with us , so I expect him gone for around the £10 million mark .
  19. 1 point
    Great to see Rangers spending money on prospects. As I said on the other thread, this is the age you can get the best value player. Especially with Scottish players who don't need persuaded to sign for Rangers. I'd like to see fringe players cleared out in the summer and more U20s on the bench next season. Lower wage bill and gives them a clear pathway to the first team. I think it's pretty discouraging for them at the moment with the likes of Hodson and Dodoo ahead of them.
  20. 1 point
  21. 1 point
    Always good to see Man U getting cuffed
  22. 1 point
    Well we know it has to be a celtc fan so hes in with a shout.
  23. 1 point
    Coming at this from a slightly different angle. If you sell morelos to a epl club with a 10 percrnt sell on fee you have a good chance of getting another 3 to 5 million. Sell him to china and that seems unlikely. So demand far far more.
  24. 1 point
    The ugly will always resent the beautiful. The weak will always envy the strong. The failures will always hate the successful. Thicko's have always tried to ridicule their intellectual betters. It has always been like that, it's just that some of the strong and smart have abandoned moral principles and are making money out of pandering to losers.
  25. 1 point
    It's a clusterf*&k of epic proportions and the SNP are 100% to blame for it.
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