Review of Rangers vs Motherwell 1st April 2017

The first half started very well for Motherwell with a corner from Chris Cadden evading the 6 yard box and multiple Rangers defenders and finding Louis Moult who finished in three minutes from the start of the game. Motherwell dominated the first half up till the first 30 minutes with Rangers not able to find a way through the Motherwell defence with no shot on goal at all till 39 minutes. An no that’s not an April fools either, Very disappointing start. However Motherwell were very organised in defence and midfield, Targeting the channels instead of the middle where we are more stronger. Hodson and Wallace struggled and seem to me they’re rusty.

In my opinion, I feel the first half was very sloppy and wasn’t helped at all when the referee gave only a yellow card to Stephan Pearson for a disgusting challenge on Jon Toral. A booking towards Martyn Waghorn for a 50/50 with the keeper in the box. There was also the multiple tackles by Louis Moult without a booking in the first half.

Second Half brought three subs all at half time with O’Halloran, Garner and Halliday coming on for Hodson, Hill and Wallace bringing a more attacking option with Jon Toral going in to centre back, With Halliday, Kiernan and Toral as a back three. In a move that looked excellent from the start of the second half with Emerson Hyndman going close.

Rangers dominated the game for the first 15 minutes of the second half with Motherwell tiring at the back, The pace of O’Halloran and McKay showed with Garner nearly scoring but a goal line scramble. Then a few minutes later Joe Garner gets a shot a way but Samson punches it away with Keith Lasley up the other end shanking a goal wide. But 61st minute Martyn Waghorn releases Kenny Miller who put a sexual curling beautiful ball in to Joe Garner who finished at the back post to make it 1-1.

In what I believe was a hectic game since the start of the second half it was an excellent attacking performance where we were getting bodies in the box more often and more often as well we were pressing forward.

In summary I think this was an average but mental game to watch, We could have easily won it in the second half with some excellent chances just going wide. Foderingham was immense once again in goal saving us from a loss with multiple saves even a beautiful double save. It wasn’t too be our day even though we risked three subs at half time it brought a lot of energy for the second half and I thought we were so much better in the second half compared to the first. It was a brave decision by Pedro Caixinha one that needed to be done to be honest.

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Match Preview Rangers vs Motherwell 1st April 2017

After a couple days of no action due to international week, We are back in league action and it seems we are raring to go as a team with the team working six days a week according to Andy Halliday we are ready to take away Celtic’s potential treble which is fighting talk we like to hear.

Anyway’s we welcome Motherwell at home, Who sacked Mark McGhee few weeks ago and was replaced by former Oldham manager Stephan Robinson. They currently sit tenth place with Louis Moult top scorer with eleven goals for the league season and Richard Tait top of the assist charts with five.

In the league at home they currently sit bottom scoring eighteen and conceding 30, Whilst away they sit seventh with a goals for record of fifteen and goals conceded twenty-seven. Meanwhile compare to Rangers we currently sit third in the home records with twenty-four goals scored and only nine conceded and away we sit fourth with eighteen scored and twenty-four conceded.

Last five games form table proves Rangers are currently in better form with us positioned fifth with seven points an goals for of ten against seven conceded. With Motherwell only picking up three points out of fifteen points so they sit eleventh to mirror their current position overall position, They have scored four in the last five and conceded eleven. Motherwell have only won once in their last seven matches and that was a 2-1 away win to Kilmarnock. Their last game was before international break which was a loss at home to St Johnstone result being 2-1.

Previous four meetings between Rangers and Motherwell

Motherwell 0-2 Rangers
Rangers 2-1 Motherwell
Rangers 2-1 Motherwell
Motherwell 0-2 Rangers

Last win for Motherwell in all competitive competitions at Ibrox was back in 2015, However they haven’t won at Ibrox in the the top flight in the league since May 1997

My mini verdict

I believe we will be too strong for Motherwell this weekend as we will be refreshed and a real new look and we seem to have in my opinion had enough time for the players to settle in to a new look and training regime under Pedro Caixinha. I feel we will dominate the ball and box an much more aggressive look to the way we play.

My tips for the game are:

Rangers to win 3-0
Joe Garner to score first
Over 2.5 goals

My Predicted Line Up

Foderingham

Hodson
Hill
Wilson
Wallace

Hyndman
Holt
Toral

Waghorn
Garner
McKay

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Race for second place, Will it change?

This blog will feature my own opinion of where and where teams will finish between 2nd and 5th place, I’ve worked this out by going by current form and head to head matches.

Aberdeen Fixtures and Predictions
Hamilton (away) Draw/ correct result- Hamilton won
Motherwell (Home) Aberdeen win✅
Hearts (Home) draw correct result was Aberdeen won
Dundee (Away) Aberdeen win ✅
Inverness (Home) Aberdeen win✅
Rangers (Home) Rangers win
St Johnstone (Away) draw

Current points- 52 points
Predicted points before the split- 64 points

Rangers Fixtures and Predictions
St Johnstone (Home) Rangers win ✅
Celtic (Away) Draw✅
Hamilton (Home) Rangers win✅
Motherwell (Home) Rangers win✅
Kilmarnock (Away) Rangers win- Correct Result was a Draw
Aberdeen (Away) Rangers win
Partick Thistle (Home) Rangers win

Current points- 43 points
Predicted points before the split- 62 points

Hearts Fixtures and Predictions
Ross County (Home) Hearts win/ correct result- Ross County win
Hamilton (Home) Hearts win✅
Aberdeen (Away) draw correct result- Aberdeen won
Celtic (Home) Celtic win✅
St Johnstone (Away) Draw- Correct result was a St Johnstone win
Dundee (Home) Hearts win
Kilmarnock (Away) Hearts win

Current points- 38 points
Predicted points before the split- 52 points

St Johnstone Fixtures and Predictions
Rangers (Away) Rangers win✅
Dundee (Home) St Johnstone win✅
Motherwell (Away) St Johnstone win ✅
Hamilton (away) Hamilton win ✅
Hearts (Home) Draw- Correct result was a St Johnstone win
Inverness (Away) Inverness win
Aberdeen (Home) draw

Current points- 37 points
Predicted points before the split- 45 points

In Summary of the individual teams

Aberdeen

In terms of before the split Aberdeen in the next two games have quite an easy set of games next up on Tuesday 28th they play bottom of the league Hamilton away in their last five games against each other, Aberdeen have come out as the victors three times, However they have all been at home, Where as away too Hamilton they have drawn and lost their last two visits to the SuperSeal Stadium, Aberdeen’s last win their was in February 2015 a 3-0 win. After Hamilton in the league they play Motherwell at home with Aberdeen’s last three outings against Motherwell being 7-2,3-1 and 4-1 wins. Following this Aberdeen will have to play Hearts at home and Dundee away, I believe these two will be difficult games, I say Aberdeen will win though against Dundee. They then move on to two home games in a row against Inverness and Rangers, Inverness should be a easy win. However I feel Rangers by April should have a settled team with a manager to fire a decent charge in for second place. Then the last game for Aberdeen will be against Tommy Wright’s well organised and excellent set up St Johnstone team, I feel this will be a draw as St Johnstone are excellent team and are hard to break down.

Rangers

Moving on to Rangers we have been very poor in recent times, However I feel we will start to pick up results beginning with St Johnstone at home Wednesday 1st March. Then the tough away fixture against Celtic, I feel we may actually have a new manager before then that may settle the team and install a bit of fire in to the team which is massively needed. Then three games in a row what look easy on paper but not be easy when they come round depending on the circumstances however I think we will pick up nine points against Hamilton and Motherwell at home an Kilmarnock away. Then a tough fixture away to Aberdeen, As I stated in the Aberdeen summary I feel this will be a settled in team with a new manager with new thoughts and a set up.

Hearts

In my opinion Hearts have struggled this season although picking up big results on the way but I honestly can’t see them getting anywhere near third let alone second place, Although they do have a few ‘ on paper easy ties ‘ in the next two fixtures against Ross County and Hamilton both at home they’ll win but I can’t see them picking up wins against Celtic, Aberdeen and St Johnstone apart from draws against Aberdeen and St Johnstone. Dundee will be a tough test for them as well but it’s at Tyncastle where Dundee haven’t won since 2012.

St Johnstone

St Johnstone next two games will be very testing for them Rangers at home and Dundee away, I feel they will give an excellent case against Rangers but will miss out on points, Whilst Dundee game will be a win as Tommy Wright will want to put his team ahead of Dundee by a few more points. Motherwell away after that an I think they will get the three points, They’ll have tough games against Hamilton away and Hearts at home but will pick up just a point and that being against Hearts. On to their last two games before the split against Inverness and Aberdeen, I feel the lower teams will start to try picking up points against teams like St Johnstone and also Dundee hence why I feel Inverness and Hamilton will both beat them. So St Johnstone will have it tough for the run in, Maybe just maybe sneak fourth place from Hearts within the split.

Soooo in Summary

I reckon Rangers and Aberdeen will start to push away from Hearts and St Johnstone, Although I feel Aberdeen will slip up on the way before the split and Rangers will carry on pushing for that second place, The split games will be the most important matches if like I predict there is only two points between Rangers and Aberdeen, There will only be five games and both will obviously play each other which in my opinion could change the league up or keep it the same way which would be disastrous for Rangers when we should be finishing second place. I left Dundee out of this due to them having tough fixtures before the spilt and I can’t see them getting anywhere above fifth place. Hearts will give it a good go but they will come up too short and so to St Johnstone, They may end up fighting for fourth place between them.

My top half before the split league will look like this with current and predicted points

1. Celtic- Current points- 76 points/Predicted points before the split 91 points
2. Aberdeen- Current Points- 52 points/Predicted points before the split 64 points
3. Rangers- Current Points- 43 points/Predicted points before the split 62 points
4. Hearts- Current Points 38 points/Predicted points before the split 52 points
5. St Johnstone- Current Points 37 points/Predicted points before the split 45 points
6. Dundee Current Points 30 Points/ Predicted points before the split 36 points

Thanks for reading and sharing this around, Next instalment of this sort of thing will be when the 33 games are done and the split fixtures are out.

Review of Rangers 4-0 Hamilton 18th March 2017

Rangers have had a few managers in the last few years, Stuart McCall first game for Rangers 2 years and four days ago which resulted in a 1-1 draw with Livingston, Fast forward four months Rangers new manager Mark Warburton takes charge of a 6-2 win away to Hibs, His replacement? We welcome Pedro Caixinha to Rangers first game in charge of Rangers finishes with another four goal gap win this time at Ibrox in front of a sell out crowd .

With this game being highly anticipated with a sell out crowd by the loyal Rangers fans, Were well up for the game and what a first game it became, A convincing 4-0 win for Rangers goals by Emerson Hyndman and the in form goalscorer Clint Hill closed of the first half being 2-0 up, 10 minutes in to the second half Waghorn was brought down in the penalty area by Massimo Donati, Waghorn then converted from the spot. 16 minutes from time captain Lee Wallace finishes the game of completely.

It was a sensational performance for the first match in charge of the team that he hasn’t had much of time to implement his philosophy but by god has he showed what he expects from his players and it seems already a change side but same players with just one change from the Old Firm draw last Sunday.

What I thought was impressive with the intensity of pressuring Hamilton when we had the ball and when we lost the ball we made sure we won the ball back quickly giving Hamilton no time on the ball to create problems as Ali Crawford is an excellent player and could well have made problems for our defence but was made very quiet all day. The tempo of the team was wonderful to watch, Some of the football that was on offer was some of the most beautiful exquisite football I’ve seen at Ibrox for a long time.

We controlled the game from start to finish, with a possession stat in the first half of 69% and a second half possession of 55% and overall 62% which is excellent evidence of how much we dominated the game. We had an overall shot attempts of 10 with 6 of those on target. We could have secured a bigger result, However we will take 4-0.

We now have a break of 2 weeks due to international football, Which in my opinion is excellent news as it is much needed to Pedro Caixinha and his coaches can implement their new strategies and philosophy. The hard work really starts again Monday as he has suggested there won’t be a break for the players which is good news as we need to prepare for the last 9 league games left of the season and we need to make sure we go at every single game for 3 points, I fully believe in us we will finish second place, we have two games against Aberdeen and as Pedro says it’s only really 2 points behind as you can win those 6 points against Aberdeen to cut the gap.

Anyways to conclude the review I will give ratings to the players and a brief performance review on individual performances

Foderingham- Didn’t have much to do to be honest and that isn’t disrespecting Hamilton it’s just a fact- 7

Tavernier- A good performance where he was mainly kept quiet like the rest of our back 5- 7
Hill- Well taken goal and a solid performance at the back as per usual- 8
Wilson- Developing in to a settled centre back like throwing back to the days of when he partnered Weir, He is looking great at the back alongside Hill- 7
Wallace- Excellent finish and another wonderful performance by the captain-8

Holt- In a much deeper role than usual but he expressed the talent that has been hiding away before and was excellent- 7
Toral- Best game in a Rangers jersey today, I’ve doubted him previously but he has something about him that he may go further than I predicted in his career if he can play like he did today. Beautiful vision- 8
Hyndman- Just gets better and better with every game and when he plays a slack ball he pressures the opposition so well back to try win the ball back. A goal to seal his man of the match performance for me- 9

McKay- Was quiet in my opinion but did cause defenders some problems early on- 6
Miller- Caused problems and made a lot of chances as usual- 7
Waghorn- Strong performance from Waghorn, Really am regretting saying he should never wear a Rangers shirt again cause since then he has been top dollar- 8

Dodoo- Came on, Gave the Hamilton defence problems with his exciting pace a lot to come of young Joe- 6
Garner- Same as usual, A defenders nightmare and a Dougie Imrie night mare. He didn’t kick anyone’s family to bits either…. 6
Forrester- Came on a bit too late so didn’t have to much of a impact but did a few good runs- 6