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  1. http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/sport/spl/3051683/Thomson-heading-south.html I'm astounded if all we can get for Thomson is a return on our money from when he signed. There must be something else to this transfer.
  2. Ally McCoist has said Rangers have not made any bid for AZ midfielder Brett Holman, either as a permanent signing or on a loan deal. The club has been persistently linked with a move for the player in the last week. Speaking after Rangers arrived in Australia for their pre-season tournament in Sydney, McCoist admitted he was a fan of the Socceroos star but insisted there was no deal being discussed. ââ?¬Å?He's certainly a player I like and I know Walter [smith] likes him,ââ?¬Â he said. "I saw him a couple of times at the World Cup and he's somebody who's impressed me and he took his goals well," said McCoist. "I won't lie to you, he's a player who excites me," added McCoist. "But there's been no contact at all between the clubs with a view to getting him over." Rangers hope to sign three new players Wilson completes Liverpool switch The denial from Rangers comes after Holman told AZââ?¬â?¢s website he was unaware of any interest from the SPL champions. ââ?¬Å?I hear from others that there are rumours about Glasgow Rangers, but I know nothing,ââ?¬Â Holman said. ââ?¬Å?I have been on holiday for two weeks and no one has spoken to me about that.ââ?¬Â While Holman may not have been approached, Rangers are looking to recruit new players before the beginning of the season. Following the sale of Kevin Thomson and Danny Wilson, Rangers chief executive Martin Bain has reassured fans that moves are underway to sign replacements.
  3. Northampton_Loyalist examines the positives behind the club's challenges and suggests prudence may indeed be the long term solution we want for a successful club. http://www.gersnetonline.co.uk/2010/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=284:what-doesnt-kill-you-can-only-make-you-stronger&catid=1:articles&Itemid=67
  4. Walter Smith has confirmed he wants at least two new signings before the start of the new season. More...
  5. Walter Smith admits the lack of depth in Rangers' squad has given him cause for concern. More...
  6. Not what we want to hear, but it appears we cannot avoid it. Any player who might be inclined to waffle about how much Rangers means to him, or how he would never wish to play anywhere else, can be quickly exposed by a glimpse of some pound signs. Even those who regard themselves as “Rangers men” have their price these days. Kris Boyd, Nacho Novo and Kevin Thomson all had their moments when it came to laying it on thick about the thrill of pulling on a blue shirt. When it came down to it, all three of them left because they could earn more dosh somewhere else. http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/sport/spl/rangers/financial-reward-represents-greater-incentive-than-loyalty-for-kenny-miller-and-his-rangers-team-mates-1.1041818
  7. http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/sport/editor-s-picks/rangers-move-for-oz-star-brett-holman-1.1041689 Loans are no good IMO - I don't think players are as motivated as they would be on permanent deals.
  8. Middlesbrough have strengthened their Scottish contingent with the signing of Kevin Thomson from Rangers. More...
  9. Rangers striker Kenny Miller has admitted that Kevin Thomson's departure from the club is a 'blow'. . . More...
  10. Pre-season training has started then and season 2010/2011 is now upon us. Are we really ten years on from the luxuries of the Advocaat era? A new decade it is then and comparisons with the money spent at the start of the last one certainly can't be made. No de Boer, Konterman, Ricksen, Lovenkrands, Christiansen, Miller or Flo arriving this summer as they did in 2000. Nope, no �£30million war-chests for Walter! Our financial cloth is cut differently now and the SPL is no longer a place for �£4million+ signings of rising continental stars or established Premiership talent. Instead, Ibrox in particular, seems to be concentrating on home-grown potential with a wage ceiling of an amount that doesn't appear to let us compete with our closest rivals across the city. Indeed, with Celtic being linked with a decent calibre of player (only the most optimistic of bears would argue Campbell, Ledley and Bullard wouldn't improve their squad) and Rangers being linked with, well, no-one of any real note; some negativity and panic is starting to set in across the community. When one adds the almost daily quotes coming direct from the club (not even from guessing journalists) that we are prepared to listen to offers for what seems any player, it is easy to get sucked into this whirlpool of trepidation. But let's look at the facts before we slit our wrists and write off our chances of a 54th title. I think it is pretty obvious our activity in term of players coming in is going to be minimal but as long as we don't lose any more players then we should still be competitive enough as new players will arrive eventually. Of course, if any key players do go such as Bougherra, McGregor or Thomson then that would be worrying but I'd still like to think we'd use part/most of any such income to bring in further replacements. Obviously Lloyds the wolf will want his share but reducing debt should be just as important an aim as anything else this decade. It would also be good to 'bank' some money for the rainy days ahead. Does this mean a Jos�© Gon�§alves is an able replacement for a Madjid Bougherra? Of course not but just how many Boumsong's, Cuellar's and Bougherra's can we expect to find year on year? In saying that, if our manager has one virtue it is that, as a former defender himself, he can spot a good centre-half and the former Portuguese under-21 international does have some untapped potential in the same way Bougherra had. On a Bosman he also fits our financial limitations while leaving any real money for much-needed creative players. Fortunately, sound-bites coming from Murray Park suggest the manager is more than aware where we need depth and improvement. Midfield and wide areas appear to be his priority and, despite the claims of fiscal paucity, I'm pretty certain we'll have our targets - affordable and interesting ones at that. After all, whose to say, we're not letting Celtic blink first so we know our opposition before we make our own purchases? I'd like to see new players brought in early to allow them to settle but if we save money by having to wait, then we may just have to be patient. I think it is pretty obvious I'm trying to be positive here but I'm also not daft. Recent times tell us our transfer activity inwards will be minimal while players will leave to accommodate the bank's interest. Nowadays that is a given. However, it is important to remember our financial situation is improving and we do still have a (albeit refined) squad capable of being competitive in the SPL. Furthermore, Walter Smith would not have signed a new contract just to be handcuffed again. It is easy to panic with the positive press speculation Celtic are getting (what's new there?) but as it stands they have only brought in a couple of average full-backs while they have lost five of their first choice players who played in the last Old Firm game and are looking to sell more. Have they really improved their squad? What are we afraid of in their team? Is Neil Lennon's undoubted love of their club and competitive nature enough to compensate for his undoubted managerial inexperience and mental fragility? Above all, the last ten years should have taught us Rangers fans to be resilient when it comes to off-the-field speculation. We're the champions here and we still have the best team. So, let's have a bit of balance and avoid getting caught up in a melancholy that has no merit as it stands. After all, even the financial excesses of ten years ago didn't guarantee league titles. Keep calm and carry on. :robbo:
  11. Rangers have confirmed that Middlesbrough have expressed an interest in landing Kevin Thomson. More...
  12. Although his departure would've caused me no loss of sleep, i do feel it's a good sign that someone has put pen to paper and proven that we are at least capable of offering players new contracts Squad for next season now stands at: GK - Alexander, McGregor DF - Whittaker, Broadfoot, Papac, Bougherra, Wilson, Webster MD - Davis, McCulloch, Edu, Thomson, Fleck ST - Naismith, Miller, Lafferty, Velicka, Little The mighty 18
  13. Who would you field??? At the moment Id opt for a 3-5-2. ______________________McGregor_____________________ _________Webster______Bougherra_____Papac__________ ______________Edu____________Thomson______________ ________Fleck___________Davis___________McCulloch___ _________________Miller_______Lafferty________________
  14. Can you believe this in the Daily Express from Stephen Thomson, chairman of Dundee Utd? I think the best response I've see was over on VB, where someone posted........ "We're not here to be liked, just envied" RANGERS chief executive Martin Bain insists he will not stoop to Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson’s level by being dragged into another public war of words. The duo became involved in a verbal spat last term when United refused to allow Light Blues fans free entry to a rearranged SPL game at Tannadice that had originally been abandoned because of bad weather. And they are on a collision course again after Thompson claimed Rangers were disliked by their SPL rivals. The Arabs supremo has accused the Ibrox side of trying to poach the best young talent from clubs across the country rather than rearing their own stars. And he claims the attitude of Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston and his fellow board members has made the Glasgow club hugely unpopular throughout the game. When contacted, Bain said: “I have no comment to make as I would not lower myself to that level.” Thompson insists that Rangers are trying to buy an entire squad of youth stars by dangling hard cash in front of smaller clubs and their young players. Bain, however, refused to respond to the accusation, although Rangers insiders claim Thompson is wrong. Thompson said: “Rangers have no money in the first team, but at youth level they have a lot of money to spend. They are putting in offers for 16 to 18 kids under 16 and the compensation levels are Ã?£40,000-50,000 a go. That’s the route that they have decided to go down, so they are trying to pick up a crop of everyone else’s development programmes. “And they wonder why other teams in Scotland don’t like them – and I’m talking at chairman and board level.” Bain and Thompson first went head-to-head in December and it’s unlikely that this is the last we will have heard about this particular issue. Back then, United opted to charge Rangers fans half-price for entry to a rescheduled league match after the original game had been abandoned at half-time due to torrential rain. Bain told the Ibrox AGM that United’s stance had made him “disgusted and angry”. Thompson replied: “I think that Martin Bain’s behaviour has been disgraceful.”
  15. . http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/8709639.stm
  16. Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson is looking forward to having another shot at the Champions League. More...
  17. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/8696886.stm
  18. When is someone going to call time on these fukers.
  19. More rubbish probably, but I'd rather keep Thomson at Ibrox to see if he recapture his best form. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/2010/05/11/boro-boss-gordon-strachan-lines-up-swoop-for-rangers-ace-kevin-thomson-86908-22249947/ GORDON STRACHAN is ready to launch a shock raid on Rangers for midfield lynchpin Kevin Thomson - as the crown jewel of another huge recruitment drive from the SPL. Record Sport can reveal the Middlesbrough manager has placed Thomson's name at the top of a six-strong list of transfer targets based north of the border and believes the financial carnage at Ibrox may help him land his man. Strachan is aware the 25-year-old is about to enter into the final season of his contract and with the crisis-hit SPL champs unsure about future budgets Thomson, left, has still not been offered an extension. That means Rangers could face losing one of their most valuable assets for nothing in 12 months' time and Strachan plans to exploit the situation by offering Thomson a bumper long-term deal on Teesside. Long-time admirers West Brom are also monitoring Thomson's situation but Strachan has jumped to the front of the queue in his rush to prepare Boro for next season's Premiership promotion push. He is also interested in Hearts winger Andy Driver, Morgaro Gomis of Dundee United, Hibs defender Sol Bamba, Celtic full-back Mark Wilson and has already opened contract talks with Thomson's Ibrox buddy Nacho Novo. But, in Thomson, Strachan believes he could land himself the bargain of the summer for a fee of less than �£3million - around half of what Rangers boss Walter Smith would expect to rake in for the player in normal circumstances. Thomson, who recently became a dad for the first time, has already made it clear he wishes to stay at Ibrox and sign a new four-year contract . However, Rangers might be unable to offer any kind of long-term security unless a new owner takes over the club this summer. Six of Smith's squad - Davie Weir, Novo, Kris Boyd, DaMarcus Beasley, Stevie Smith and Kirk Broadfoot - are already out of contract but Thomson is one of another group of key players who, with only 12 months left on their deals, are also looking for clarity. And a source at the Riverside told Record Sport: "The manager has made it clear he plans to go in heavy across the border this summer because he believes the players are of a higher quality than in the Championship. "Novo could be the first to arrive but there is no doubt landing Thomson would be a major coup for the club. Gordon is working on putting something together and trying to take advantage of the uncertainty off the field at Rangers . "He knows he can offer the lad the kind of security Rangers simply cannot get close to."
  20. So, we're seeing Thomson linked with Middlesbrough, and according to this and other stories, so is Novo: Then you have Wilson who is almost certainly going to Liverpool: And the likes of Smith and Beasley already announcing their departures while Weir and Broadfoot sit there out of contract, as Hannover supposedly bid �£1M for Lee McCulloch. Add to that the fragility of our most valuable assets Bougherra, Boyd and McGregor, not to mention the small chance that there may be some interest in Davis, and by Christ we've hardly got any players left. If all the players leave who it's rumoured will or definitely have (including the out of contracts), then we're left with: Alexander, Papac, Webster, Edu, Naismith, Lafferty, Fleck, Miller, Little, Whittaker. That's McGregor, Weir, Bougherra, Wilson, Thomson, Davis, McCulloch, Novo, Boyd, Smith, Beasley potentially all leaving. This could be a summer of more upheaval than I can remember seeing at Ibrox for a long long time.
  21. Copied this from FF 13 senior players in squad next year -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And thats including Danny Wilson as one for next year. And it could get worse if we sell players. I think the vast majority will not be offered tangible contracts and Muir will welcome the reduction in wage. Even a couple of injuries would put us in the deep stuff. Smith needs to offer an ultimatium and leave with his head held high if Muir and the bank continue the ruthless march for MIH cash. Thats not even worst case senario, that would include Muir demanding capital through player sales as hinted by Smith. 1 GK Allan McGregor 25 GK Neil Alexander 16 DF Steven Whittaker 24 DF Madjid Bougherra 5 DF Sa�¡a Papac 66 DF Danny Wilson Andy Webster 2 MF Maurice Edu 6 MF Lee McCulloch 7 MF Steven Davis 8 MF Kevin Thomson 14 FW Steven Naismith 18 FW Kenny Miller 27 FW Kyle Lafferty 29 MF John Fleck 48 FW Andrew Little Velicka possible kids to join senior squad? 67 MF Jamie Ness 69 MF Gregg Wylde Tomas Kind bendiksen
  22. Part One of the Treble has been completed and with a healthy lead in the SPL, Rangers travel to Dundee to retain their interest in the Scottish Cup. With injuries and suspensions again starting to build up, tomorrow evening's task won't be an easy one at a ground we regularly struggle at. First change to the team will be in defence with Allan McGregor a certainty to be recalled after his usual CIS holiday at the weekend. Despite his red card at Hampden, Danny Wilson should keep his place alongside captain Davie Weir, with Bougherra still out with a hamstring tear. Whittaker and Papac should complete our usual back five of late in the full-back roles although the former has been linked with a move into midfield. With Kirk Broadfoot also injured and Andy Little unimpressive at right back, that is unlikely. Injuries and suspension will also ensure a new look midfield for this vital cup tie. An injury time booking at Ibrox in the first game means he's suspended for the replay. Kevin Thomson is also suspended but if rumoured Rangers appeal his red card, he may be available while that process takes its course. Meanwhile, Steven Davis didn't train today but the manager and fans alike will be hoping he can make the starting line-up tomorrow. However, with difficult matches in the league coming up, he may be given a few more days to fully recover from the viral infection which seen him substituted at half-time at the Cup Final. Fortunately, despite our rapidly thinning squad, we still have a range of options for deputies. Maurice Edu has looked good in recent weeks so will assume a central midfield role irrespective of Davis' fitness. Other players in the frame will be Novo, Beasley, Naismith, Lafferty and Fleck who all have experience of a variety of midfield roles. Youngsters Jamie Ness and Thomas Kind Bendiksen are unlikely to be utilised although both have been training with the first team squad. Moving into attack and most bears will be expecting the fruitful partnership of Miller and Boyd to again be our front two. However, don't rule out a return to 4-5-1 tomorrow given Boyd's recent form has been below par while the likes of Naismith and Fleck play better in deeper roles. Kyle Lafferty will also be desperate for a return to a striking role if required. All in all, Walter Smith may decide to freshen up his squad and tactics after signs of stagnation in the last couple of months. However, with several first team players unavailable it is doubtful he'll make any more changes than already required even if the Scottish Cup may not hold the same significance as the League. The same character, commitment and industry seen on Sunday after going to 9 men will be required again tomorrow night if we're to keep our Treble hopes alive. Possible team (4-4-2): :sw: :wilson: :sp: :sn: :sd: :me: :nn: :kb: Prediction: Dundee Utd 1 : 2 Rangers
  23. Starting with Little and Fleck up front. Boyd, Miller and Novo on the bench. Not worrying about the Scottish Cup? - Why appeal the Thomson sending off if you want to concentrate on the league? Our players need a rest? - Since the start of January Boyd has missed at least 8 games and Miller 7 games. Novo has hardly been an automatic first choice. I can't see why all 3 need a rest, but are fit enough to be on the bench, and Little requires to be picked in front of all of them. Why not rest the 40 year old who has played every minute of every league game if you think our players need a rest? It does not make any sense to me and perhaps there were non-footballing reasons behind last night's team selection. Was this Walter sending a message that he thinks that the squad is not strong enough and he will not stay if that does not improve? Whatever the reasons, the team selection is baffling and we are left out of the cup, and I'm left down in a morning that I should be feeling other emotions. Angry and bemused loyal.
  24. LATE bid to have red card over-turned fails More...
  25. Thought this STV article was interesting as it also gives a rundown of players who are only 1 yellow away from suspension in the Scottish Cup. http://sport.stv.tv/football/scottish-premier/rangers/165252-why-is-kevin-thomson-banned-for-rangers-while-danny-wilson-is-available/
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