...she'd be yer Uncle!" So the saying goes.
There is no denying that Jordan Rossiter is a supreme talent. Once touted as a potential star during his time at Liverpool, the 20-year-old moved to Ibrox in 2016 but has struggled with his fair share of injury issues since joining Rangers. In fact, his last appearance in the famous blue shirt came back in August but fans have been keeping a close eye on his progress as he looks to get back to his brilliant best.
It's already been a few days since Saturday's defeat and I don't mind admitting I'm still smarting from the loss of another three points at Ibrox.
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.
- Over the last few months, much has been made of apparent discussions between Rangers and various supporters groups about the creation of a standing section similar to what Celtic have been trialling at Parkhead. So much so that Club1872 is midway through a survey whereby they will consider helping fund such a project. And, as someone who spent the best part of ten years as part of the Blue Order, I can certainly appreciate the nuances of such a debate.
James Tavernier has probably been the biggest enigma in the Rangers side over the last few seasons in terms of splitting the opinions of many supporters. Whilst his attacking threat and excellent output going forward has never really been questioned, his defensive qualities, lack of positional awareness and a failure to competently defend his back post definitely have been.
Glasgow to Dingwall is just over a four hundred mile round trip and it has a population that is under six thousand. While there you can take in the Dingwall museum, Pefferside park and the Hector McDonald Monument to name but a few of its attractions. The main attraction for all those bears travelling north this Sunday with be Victoria Park, now known as the Global Energy Check Stadium. This is the home of Ross County who entered the highland league in 1929 and were then admitted to the third division of Scottish football in 1994. Nicknamed “The Staggies”, which is taken from their badge which bears a stag’s head; this signifies the Seaforth Highlanders regimental badge with which many of the inhabitants had fought in the Great War.
Rangers start off 2018 with a hard fought win over Aberdeen at Ibrox.
I schooled with a lad named Peter, we played football for the same Boys' Clubs and indeed our school. He had the sweetest left foot and revelled in our three years at Fir Park Boys Club. He loved the claret and amber, the mighty 'Well, to the extent he believed Jumbo Muir was the future football, in the same way Bruce Springsteen was the future rock'n'roll. We were beneficiaries of being coached by Northern Irish internationalist, Billy Campbell and future manager of Falkirk, Alloa, Partick Thistle, .. etc, Billy Lamont. We watched the sublime Bobby Graham doing extra training, all ball work, and received complimentary tickets for the Enclosure when 'Well took on a succession of top flight English clubs in the Texaco Cup.
The BBC/Rangers “boycott” has been rumbling on for some time now. Occasionally you’ll see a comment on social media or catch something in the BBC's reporting that reminds that you all is not normal. And has not been for some time. Time is certainly ticking on with this, a quick search threw up reports with dates of August 2015 for the opening salvos, and January 2016 as the beginning of the long running boycott. That’s more than two whole years where the national broadcaster has voluntarily boycotted one of the biggest sporting institutions in the UK.
"We want folk in 30 to 40 years to still be talking about the forthcoming Rangers game in a similar fashion so they can tell their grandchildren where they stood that day in 2018 when the famous Glasgow Rangers came to Bellslea." The words of Fraserburgh Chairman Finlay Noble in 'The Press & Journal'. There's little doubt that this is by far and away the biggest game in the 108 year history of Fraserburgh FC and as far as the town itself is concerned the only time that the general vibe has approached anything like the current buzz was in 1992 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited for the celebration of the founding of the town's 400th anniversary.
Graeme Murty has been in charge for a while now, and over the course of his tenure we have seen him experiment with a number of different shapes; some have worked, but others have not. A fruitful trip to Florida last week has hinted at another change of shape, and a new tactical focus, which we may see more of when Rangers return to domestic duty in the coming week.
Graeme Murty and Mark Allen's encouraging mix of of signings has convinced Geordie.
In an article in the Evening Times last night, journalist Chris Jack stated that Graeme Murty and his team are "fighting for second place in the Premiership...in the second half of the season.
As a supporter, I have to take exception to this.
The 'sectarian' singing debate has been going on for some time now and more and more its cyclic predictability adds to my frustration over the whole affair. There’s been a couple of incidents highlighted recently regarding the behaviour of supporters. One of which seems to have gained enormous traction and made it on to the front pages of the Scottish tabloids.
Parallels can be drawn between the behaviour of certain Rangers haters and the age of Trump style 'fake news'. A splurge of 20p bets on a Rangers admin event; the bookies protect themselves by suspending betting. What happens next? The Red Top Chip papers report on it and the ugly lie grows. After all there are fraction of a penny hits to be had...
vBulletin has served us well over the last 10+ years but the time has come to move on as the Gersnet forums become increasingly popular. As such, as we notified to members in early December, we're pleased to confirm our move to the latest version of IPS Community as of 9pm on the 6th January.
Recently, I caught up with Rangers author Jeff Holmes, his most recent book, 'Rangers in Russia', documents Rangers’ tour of the Soviet Union in 1962. It’s an educational book for some younger fans and a great trip down memory lane for older supporters who may remember the tour.
vBulletin has served us well over the last 10+ years but the time has come to move on as the Gersnet forums become increasingly popular. As such, as we notified to members in early December, later tonight (provisionally early on Friday 5th January) we will be commencing a move to the latest version of IPS Community.
The transfer window is open! Hurrah!
With the January transfer window just a day away the Rangers support will be hoping for plenty of movement in and out of Ibrox. Given there have been more than a few high profile names under-performing so far this season, let us assess who could be leaving Rangers in this window.
Rangers pulled off a great coup in the summer transfer window when they secured the services of Bruno Alves. Not many would have expected a team who had been promoted back to the top fight of Scottish football the previous year to sign a player of Alves’s pedigree and quality. Celtic remain the strongest team in Scotland at the moment and it may take a few more years for Rangers to start challenging their Old Firm rivals for the Scottish Premiership title, but signing Alves was a step in the right direction.
After my last match preview ahead of the first Aberdeen clash Rangers have not only gone unbeaten in the intervening four games but won them all - including two matches against the perceived second best team in the country and a fine defensive win on Wednesday against a Hibs outfit that we hadn't beaten for two years. In that preview I compared this period for the club to events in early 2009 and doubted this team could do what that squad did and go on a ten match unbeaten run to challenge Celtic and ultimately win the title. Reverse psychology aside, I still doubt the latter part is possible but we all have to be delighted to the team's response to recent defeats.
Rangers continue their recent winning streak with a hard fought win away to Hibs in Edinburgh.
Being brought up in Edinburgh meant the first places I saw Rangers were at Tynecastle and Easter Road. The predominate result seemed to be 1-1 but on the plus side, I saw Parlane score four goals against Hearts in '74 and Colin Stein score the goal that won us the League Championship the following year. Even the negative (a Hibs win) had a plus, seeing George Best play.
On Sunday I caught up with former Rangers central midfielder Alex Rae, a boyhood Rangers fan and academy player who made his Rangers debut aged 34. He only scored once for the bears but played over 30 times across two seasons at Ibrox between 2004 and 2006 under Alex McLeish.
For the first time this year, Rangers win three games in a row, despite going behind to an early County opener at a freezing Ibrox.
Well what a week it has been! In fact if we take the first game against Aberdeen into account, I will make that, what a last week and a half it has been!
With Rangers being refused permission to speak to Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, who are the other contenders for the Ibrox top job?
Despite an extremely harsh red card for Ryan Jack, Rangers showed excellent character to secure a second win in five days over Aberdeen.