viernes, 3 de marzo de 2017

Bats in the belfry at 150 Edmiston Drive!

Aye, Pedro Caixinha, for moments, was made of sterner stuff in his Aztec stage. “It is true that I am explosive, something impulsive, but I always say what I think,” Caixinha said in an interview with a sports channel. On YouTube there is a bunch of videos about their verbal fights with rival coaches. Anyone who takes the Ibrox reins will have to have the character and the temperament to make many changes (The players who brought MW, a game system full of fissures among other things). The question that underlies all this is whether the form of professionalism of Rangers players and Scottish football is prepared for someone like Caixinha? 

Among the first alarmists is Charlie Nicholas. The former celtic striker made the mistake of asserting: “Don’t forget Caixinha will know very little about the game here.” I do not agree, Caixinha was three years linked and studying with the coaches of the current Scottish football and knowing the surrounding culture, I do not think anything is alien to him. Caixinha partner in the studio coach, Alan Stubbs, in another interview, reinforces the idea: “His English was absolutely fantastic – like a lot of foreign coaches, he put the rest of us to shame a bit with the way he could speak our language. He communicated his ideas really well”.

They are bored when they try to think our club under the parameter of the failure of Paul Le Guen. “Players turned on him and it is still the same mentality within the Scottish game”, said Nicholas. Although this must be borne in mind, the times are not the same, the demands are not the same, other people involved. It is no longer divas time and the moods of the crowds in Ibrox do not want a season like this. From Warburton's discursive incantations on the "ethics" of work, I thought we had more rigorous forms of training. The succession of games where the errors were not modified and Senderos' public statement (once MW was out) that they did not watch videos or study rivals. It seemed that Warburton was the big change and in the end it was a marketing campaign to sell bread in thin slices but with a sour taste by expiration date.

Pedro Caixinha is a perfectionist in his work, studious, meticulous, and an obsessive in planning. Worker like few in the strategy, same that is born as an idea but that develops in each training of very detailed way. When Caixinha was young, he tame bulls in his native Beja, a paternal inheritance. The first time he had a close relationship with the bullfighting world represented a traditional streak of value for Caixinha that he will never forget and occupy his life. “It was five years old when in a meeting, my father put me in front of a bull to fight”.

A Mexican journalist told me last night that he has a special way of seeing football. It has led the Santos Laguna in an evolutionary stage, making debut a great number of young people and exerting an aggressive style and playful to the Mexican fitbaw.

Caixinha learned from two managers, he is often said in the interviews, one is Carlos Queiroz (former manager of Real Madrid and Manchester United among others) his academic bases of the game, the work of training. And the other is Mourinho: "I do not try to be a copy of José Mourinho, I have my own style and identity although there are always points of reference and clear that Mourinho is one of my referents just like Guardiola," he said a few years ago to the Spaniard sports daily Marca. Pedro is an advanced disciple.

Caixinha attended in Scotland in his coaching career, where he was companion of Davie Weir and Stubbs. He obtained the UEFA license after completing his studies in 2010. He spent three years studying there. In his perception, Scotland has the best schools to prepare and certify technical directors. It was there that celtic incorporated him as a scout in Portugal and Spain.

Within his concepts focused on the mentality of the player, the Portuguese, with an incorporated Mexican accent, considerer that the word "defeat" within the dressing room should be eradicated, even from the youngster of every club. He is convinced that inculcating the word "victory" to children, the boys would grow up with better convictions.

Standing in the center of the pitch, during his first practice with Santos Laguna, Pedro Caixinha sized up how difficult it would be for him to reach the title of the Mexican league. The reason? His method of work forces the footballer to think and, according to him, most of the Mexican players do not do it. So it is not surprising that it took two and a half years to get the title.

In Caixinha's words, whenever the players reach the dressing room they have on the board the drawing (graphic model) of the training session with the different phases to be fulfilled: organization, dynamics and exercises. What we are looking for is that at the end of the practice each player thinks and asks how and why he has done it.

Within football there are four performance factors: physical, psychological, technical and tactical. This collective sports game is imminently tactical, according to Caixinha. Everything you do has to do with the principles of the game, which are in the moments that exist during the game, such as the offensive transition and when you must defend, which is what you want for the team to have an identity. "That's the hard part, because it's hard for you to think, and most Mexican players are not used to thinking, and in football you have to do it, because it's a game of decisions (…) That's why we spend 12 hours a day at the club and that's what makes us different.” An out-of-the-ordinary training methodology in Mexico. Of course, the training needs “no pain, no gain”, and always looking to develop the most important muscle of the current player: his brain! "Training: base cell of success"

Caixinha changed the optics to the game through the workouts, his range of exercises is so wide that I do not remember to have seen a same training twice. He was an observer and sought to change technical and mental aspects in his players, I remember very well how I could not believe that a top level player did not know how to face the game or hit the ball with both pegs, I also remember how elaborate his game system was in block and as he read and reviewed all the data that provided the department in charge of the analyzes”, says Mexican journalist Alberto Ruiz with enthusiasm. At Santos Laguna, he introduced the GPSport, a technology that measures heart rate during training, passing effectiveness, accelerations, miles developed during play time, as well as preventing possible injuries. 

In the last hours, I read a lot of the word risk in many of our fanbase. Caixinha can be a quality leap towards something totally different from what we know as a manager. It is an update of the role that seemed to manifest incipiently with Warburton (which in my opinion ended up being something fictitious). It will not be immediate, but I think it's the moment of history knocking on our doors.

sábado, 11 de febrero de 2017

Roaming the forests of Nottingham. On how to build a Robin Hood.

Roaming the forests of Nottingham. On how to build a Robin Hood.

The confessed goal of this post is not necessarily to reinterpret King's statement because I'm not interested in getting into a sides dispute to reach a relative truth. The truth is many times it is not the concrete truth resulting from the facts but the triumph of a statement in the world of public relations. I can only say that the King´s statement shows a fracture that until now was only speculation and machinations of the press. I feel a big disappointment for the handling in different areas of both MW and King. With sense, unreason or lucubration, King's statement looks like Tyson vs. Holyfield and King has MW's ear right now. Disappointed in Davie Weir, not the behavior of a true Ranger, that is today the most painful.

All this would be very difficult. Under current conditions, I would leave Kenny Miller in charge to finish the season because he knows this squad well (this season can´t do much more given that the covert temptation of the former manager threw everything away) or some interim that knows the abilities and defects of the team to finish worthily the season (that should include some sort of classification for Europe). But in the meantime they should hire a manager to start organizing the next season. Honestly, I want a manager for the future, not one of the past, however successful they may have been. No one who wants Rangers as "stepping-stone to achieve manages in the EPL”. In football there is first to be successful, leave a mark to aspire to something else.

De Boer is extremely tempting, he knows our club and meets the requirement of having passed a model club like Ajax, which puts emphasis on training young people. He even dared to promote many youngsters to the first team. (From 2007 to 2010, Frank led the youth team of Amsterdam, knew well the youngster who then came to the top level, as happened with Guardiola in Barcelona). The question is whether the Rangers with the imperious needs for success can accept a formative, long-term stage in which there are not necessarily successes. Yes, we manage that sense of thought and resist the impossibility of winning things to create a solid structure of future, the chosen one should have been Ian Cathro, but it is already out of battle.

In Frank's case, we would also have to talk about a taboo subject, money. I do not know how to write pinnacle in Dutch, at least that I read in the subtitle of the interview to Frank that is circulating virally in Twitter. I do not know if he's going to stake his pinnacle if there is not an investment. A strong investment in structure and players does not necessarily mean that we will return to the madness of the long debts on the back (I am not ignoring the whole obstacle of Ashley, but, repetitively, already seems an excuse that an argument). I am not alien to our history but I try to think beyond. Even within the periodic transcends of the last hours, the repeated expression was "a severely limited transfer budget" how could the Dutch manager work with this limitation? That would have to be thoroughly checked to avoid "sudden escapes". Against Frank, he took the reins of Inter, a team not organized by him, and failed foolishly. In his favor, the Italian team was plagued with prima donnas with egos through the sky.

Of the other names I have listened to do not fit the idea of modern football that I aspire to. We are going to have a big problem of imagination in that aspect. Because we always choose those close, thinking that it can be successful. I love Big Eck, a referent for us even when he did not from Ibrox. I would look elsewhere. McInnes is the automatic bet before every storm, but that's the best we can aspire to? Billy Davies? Seems to have a friend in the club because they offer it periodically for almost any position! lolz

But let us look for some archaeological evidence in the stage that ended abruptly. Warburton came here as a reformist, and somehow it was. Although there were still many open questions about the effectiveness of their system, which I personally disagreed with. In the Championship, the team showed a dynamic and impressive common understanding. In the final months of the previous season the system began to fail. Obnubilation with 4-3-3 many times did not let the forest behind. From systematic defensive failures (including individual performances not as a whole, the misunderstanding the indispensable defensive tasks, from avoiding the rival pull the center to mark the striker in the small area) to the inability to define after a game play that was backed up in statistics. The basic science is like this, you can have the ball all the time but without resolution it is useless. It takes someone who encourages players to give them: tactics, strategy and belief that they are the best. In this season we have seen that the players fell in gaps of game, without determination and after the rest in the dressing-room they returned to eat raw to the rival.

An attack often out of focus. The theory of playing without a center striker of reference. Thus, the steps to the area come from the second line and by surprise, also with the diagonals of the ends. But there was no surprise, no diagonals. The idea of surprise was interesting, rivals can´t predict where he appears, what he will do, in which direction he will go or where he will shoot. But it made no difference. Garner came with a record of goals, but with an obvious drought, which was only contrasted with the bunch of editions of youtube videos that showed him as the new Ally McCoist. The former Preston stood out for fighting with strong defenders and not hiding, but more like a second striker, the one who supports and wins the divided ball. In the last days, it began to be repeated by social networks that he was not playing in his position, etc. More excuses.

sábado, 31 de diciembre de 2016

Happy New Year!!!!

Anger will last for a while. My family already knows, nobody talks to me until 24 hours to tell me Happy 2017 lol The team had the maturity to decide what their role was. The aggressiveness (pressure more concentration) of The Rangers caused multitude of divided plays, there we gained in the positional game. After Dembele's goal, this was like a house of cards. Having the ball. Is there any simpler method? We were damaged and we could not return to the game as in the first 30 minutes. The succession of defensive errors and the huge number of holes allowed Sinclair to do whatever he wanted. Piss me off seeing the same movie, again and again. Sorry for being negative, but my disappointment did not start today!
Well...Balance of the year. Brexit, Trump, what a year! A shitty year for Argentina (on a personal and general basis), that idea that we are an incorrigible country has more force than ever. It was emotionally bludgeoned. In strict truth, we are immersed in a gritty realism. “aye, ballax, mate” (usually say an old friend from Belfast), I'm not interested in lock horns. Some things never set in stone. It is often difficult to overcome prejudices, biases, we all have, more accentuated or cunning.
If I had to cut my year, the best thing happened in August. Traveling has helped to be more brainy, deal with my own ghosts and fulfill many promises of the past. Over the years, I learned to invest the energy of my travels, not to make a pre-made pictures (like those people who are for 15 minutes looking for the correct angle of the dish of the day), but to spontaneously go places, to observe. From all this I took groaning with memories. The Trail Founders (Thank you Iain McColl and the organization´s lads) was impressive to discover that after spending hundreds of times through the center of Glasgow, I was finding - without knowing - a portion of the history of the city, which is the history of our club. We're back where we belong (in these seasons in the lower divisions we have consolidated our “will of iron”). Back to Ibrox was by far the best, the game with Hamilton Accies, like a bonker, ecstatic to feel that incomparable manifestation, I tried to keep each of the images, shouts, songs! Gracias Lorna Hyslop (Lauren and Davie) for the season ticket holder!! Meet and talk with Richard Gough of the best of this year. Remembering the 90s was a privilege. James Rachael Brown and David Arneil were respectively my teachers of master classes about Saint Andrews and Falkirk.
It is time to remember those who are no longer in Rangers Family this year we will have many absent friends. David Provan, Ryan Baird, among the most notable. Gary Houston offered to share the game against Motherwell with the people of Nith Valley Loyal RSC on Copland Road. There was Ryan, I always remember, when Tav lost his position and left a wide field for McDonald's goal, he would automatically stand up in indignation. And we all hugged each other as if we knew of a lifetime when Kenny Miller scored in the dying minute discount. The last Bear left us was Kenny. Although I did not know him personally, the mere fact of seeing my Amiga Gee happy was enough.
It was flattering to receive once again the friendship, the unconditional. It will never cease to amaze me the people who looked at me strangely hahaha, even some nippy sweetie, which I could hardly keep up the pace of conversation.
I meet this year: Stuart Sinclair, Luciano Sonvico, Laura De Leon and Daniel, Claire Dougal Bob Fernie and Conchita, Jim Scrimgeour, Pamela Aalbers, Nichola Douglas, Donald W. MacDonald Steve Macleod Rosalynn Stevenson Neil Buchanan, Neil Carrick, Marc Alexander and Family Billy Masson, Michael Sheepmeister, Blair Mcmillan, Agnes Newton and Family, Louby Smith, Elizabeth Mclemon, Mark Williamson, Liz Mckenzie Kelly, Gordon Stewart, James Samain, James Ritchie, Ronnie Mcintosh and Julie Mcintosh (the Bristol bar at evening/night incredible), Kenny McCallion, Sie Leslie, Bod Tod, Kevin Flachs and the Sittards lads, Richard Mason, Derek Atley, Irene Dowie, Paul David Anderson, Amanda McNamara, Ian McMillan, Geordie Monteith, Elvis Brown, Greg Oliphant, Jake Baillie (What a man), Alison Arnott, Wilf Marshall, among many others who spontaneously, with enough respect asked if I was "the Argie" hahaha
Unfortunately, I will not go to Britain in 2017, amid the financial crisis and help fulfill my daughter's dream of traveling to Disney (I learned that there is no waiting to be old to travel) will make me impossible to travel. But every weekend, I'll be there (when RangersTV fixes its website lol), tweeting, polemizing and enjoying our beloved team!


domingo, 11 de septiembre de 2016

This is complicated

This is complicated

¿Warburton should be sacked? I did not hear a ridiculous thing in years, the porch dogs on social networks are going to my jugular now. I still think that spewed that sentence not undertand whatever anything. But, analysis and criticism of Warbs decisions, and this post is about that, is necessary and healthy! I do not know if there is a gulf, a river or lake between Rangers and Celtic, but in the piggery they were tactically and strategically superior to us. And that does not always depend on the substantial amounts of pounds they dispensed to buy players. It does not solve everyhing with money! (although King had to open up more the wallet) Speaks of the way is study the formation, imagine how it will develop the match and arrange the pieces on the board. Neither solution is to buy an enlightened defender, please stop deluding themselves, this goes beyond! It is lawful to ask: Is there plan B?...I talk to rethink positions, tactics and strategies. Sellick won because we initially made two vital, avoidable mistakes. Those spoken and practiced in the week.

Like an irrefutable theorem, when you have the ball, not only you will take it off the rival, the game flows, there are more chances to score and less risks are taken. Rangers did nothing about it on Saturday, actually did the opposite. We could not have the ball and manage it, only spasmodic appearance from Windass, in dribs and drabs, lucid in the positional attack, forced to seek and get spaces. We lacked rhythm and nerve, we were not going or coming.

The lack of possession is a deficiency since the first games of the season and Celtic was successful in pushing up initially in our area, and particularly in different sector of the pitch, preventing the development of our game, surrounding the potencial receivers (Krancjar, Barton, McKay or the solitary Gardner). Laying to three and four players. That agglomeration of players, even when Foderingham received the ball, left the game for leakers of passes, turns and changes of direction in tight spaces and electrical waists. That is, the morning was to Krancjar, but the Croatian failed to date. Nor is the kind of player to entrust the task to fighting for ball (so he was one of the first to receive a yellow card).

With the fuses annulled, lost gaming volume. In other words, they forced us to not play, that is, to suffer, the shortest way to end up losing. You can choose to wait and give the initiative to the rival, as appeared to be the initial plan of Warburton or the players could do. Of course, play without the ball, you have to have players who know and like a barbarity to have only one or two opportunities for ninety minutes to send to hell. But I think no one of Rangers fans aspire to that kind of profile.

With local side blocking entrances, we chose at times to reel the balls into the atmosphere. No successes and many doubts. We were getting past the first wire fence but it was impossible to sniffing around the goal. There were no access (and we did not do way) Celtic used well corridors, both Sinclair as Forrest could get playing, even Bitton was the provider.

All this is to observe carefully the endless succession of small actions that did not lead anywhere. Player can´t pass the ball or did erratically. The attackers, midielders and defenders, not make more than three passes in a row (and this happens quite often). And that with more scrappy defensive abilities. What happened with attention to the ball stop? (Livingston, Hibernian, the same celtic last season and Dundee away too). To make matters worse, the defenders did not do much to stop an attacker as Dembele, what he does lees is standing still. The hapless Senderos could not resolve the Kiernan´s error.

Nothing has changed in the encryption of our team and that´s what worries me. Rangers is not effective in recovering the ball in the continuity of circulation and no complicated with the ball at his feet (This I can say in first person because I was there: Hamilton, Motherwell, Dundee, Kilmarnock, and even Peterhead, aye, Peterhead exposed the weakness). Conceptually always easy to say, but we need: pressure, recovery and search the undetectable footballer!

It is not a secret that defend is an uncomfortable activity for most. We must end this stupefying passivity, irritating. Celtic attacked and we do not tackle, do not fight for steal the ball, we go back, we were often mere observers as they advanced, we do not pursue, something, at least bother without makings fouls!! The last antecedent, Kris Boyd... had to lock him up, do not let it get the ball or move, or look the goal! In all these years that I say, even at the McCoist time. We need a voracious, coordinated fight for the ball! When we make that cultural shift we will get back to winning important things.

From those days when the player prevailed over the system (among other things because everyone played the same every day), they are designed thousand blackboards, strategies, tactics, drawings, signs, circles, vertices and variable geometries. But nobody, nobody has managed to avoid human error or collateral damage when they occur. I´m talking about Rob Kiernan and his bad decisions, precipitations and egregious errors. Sometimes the sum of wrong decisions produce effects, as our eternal rival find a second goal.

Rossiter out of action. During the first half, Barton seemed to be the player who won the Championship with Burnley, but that lasted a few minutes, errors throught and asphyxiation he received, got caught by not having assists in that troubled waters was the midfield. Warburton wanted to repair it at halftime, leaving Krancjar in the dressing room and including Halliday.

When we signed Rossiter, my first thought was that Warbs wanted to patch up those deficiencies of last season on the defensive zone where we began usually to be attacked, a young expert in the regulation of rhythms, pointing when to leave, when to retreat, and how ordered without the ball. Then came the mediatic bomb signing Barton, experience and some overacting. Particularly, I think have to play one of the two, no both together. Rangers have, in theory, alternatives to accompany that flagship player, standing in front of four defenders. My choice was always Rossiter.

90 minutes of a football game usually a compendium of moods, excluding situation, dog eat dog and a sequence of misfortunes. This was a varied game, impossible to link to one episode but two old defensive errors conditioning the rest. In pure speculation what would have happened if McKay score the 2-2? This season Barrie generate contradictory positions to the writer of these lines, at times thoughts, it seems that he squanders the capital he won last season. His game has become predictable, his favorite play was repeated several times in matches, received lying on the left and from there, exploiting its speed, he sought a driving toward a centered position that would open the horizon of a shot or a combination. In sellick park, his game was captive, would not swap positions, he accelerated and braked, he feinted to go but ended up returning, asked for the ball on the foot, it was not explosive as at other times.

If the game leaves something clear, is the technical staff and the players know what not to do, know how not to play football (honestly, that they already knew a few weeks ago, perhaps a month, the absence of correct markings in the corners, the permissiviness and bad decisions from defenders is not new). And this lessn has an excessive cost. It is not time for revolution, but to evolve.

miércoles, 12 de agosto de 2015


Is Warburton ability to have a holistic understanding of the market? Poke around and look for low-cost players, without much name, relatively young people (I hope this is not by the factor of resale) with thirst for glory, precious metals for polishing, that they did not have the appropriate trust in their previous clubs? The capacity of Warbs seems be founded on looking where others do not seek, giving entity and value to young people who are on one side other institutions or making a public relations exercise. Let´s be honest, many of us did not know the curriculums of them, except for Wilson and Halliday, made in Ibrox, and little bit of Holt, that goal at Tyncastle and some filigrees in Sheffield United. Could say that Rangers entered a transition that is not limited to return to top level but aims to consolidate a long-term structure. And a second order of prospects that in the future may join the first team. Jordan Thompson (from Manchester United), Tom Lang (from Birmingham) and Jordan Gibson (from Alverchurch) may be the closest examples. Not hard to get excited, but we must have patience.

Warburton brought a different philosophy and style of play. A nonnegotiable style. He took concepts like clean out the ball from behind, the deployment by the sides and the multiplication of passing options to maintain possession. And in his own evolution (which is still incipient at Ibrox), begins to conclude that the game is the midfielders and the side, they were distributed the ball to give pause or shaking the duel. It is important, touch, go out and then come back to offer himself again. A concept lost in recent season by excessive direct game, precipitation, certain moments of irresolution and the little swallowable long ball. The idea would also be, regardless the color of the rival, creating a conglomerate of traps, movements executed with a certain degree of harmony and suffocate the opponent in every corner to take the ball, all at extreme speed. Many times, the proposition is attractive, but the reality is something else.

Over a lifetime, but more strongly in recent years, in the lower divisions, we had to carry a backpack full of stones on our backs. We will never give up responsibility, because that would not know our tradition. But when facing a team that has the ball and wants to play against other that does not play anything, the "experts", many armchair charlatans, which even construct narratives, fictions and the public tend to analyze only that seeks to take the initiative. As if only one had full responsibility. As if only one were to prove productivity and efficiency. He who renounces to the ball is no longer in the observation.

In this sunrise of the season, Rangers is shown as a very tidy team, with glue on the lines, much applied with armor, but also flexible, ready to surprise. Not coincidentally, the first signatures sought tensioning and strengthen the defensive sector: two defenders standard bearer (Wilson and Kiernan), which until now did forget the great contribution of McGregor and a safely goalkeeper as Foderingham.

In each of the games, Rangers propose the rhythm and is the owner of the ball. Rangers applied well with permanent position exchanges between their attacking midfielder, Barrie McKay started on the right but went to the center and then could appear by surprise on the left to complement Temps. Barrie is not the kind of the rigid, likes to move in micro-spaces, but sometimes bogged down with the ball under pressure from rivals. Acquitted of guilt and by purging the bench, Templeton always have that attitude as distracted to suddenly start dazzling interned, feinting and dribbling culminating in cross shots. In the last game, Barrie went to play left and Tom Walsh entered from the right. Although they give depth on the wing (one of the busiest areas these days), Walsh has these outburst that seem to be carrying all before him, but it lacks definition. He defends the ball well and develops interesting work in midfield.

Without the role of other times (where the full weight of the game fell on him) and always hyper-eyed (and criticized) by the crowd, Nicky Law is something like "fracking boy", open spaces forward and drilled in search of some shale! In a clever center from Tavernier, Law headed near to the post.

The news about Reece Wabara doing a trial was the first symptom of the decision to seek a side attack-minded defender as he had done at Doncaster Rovers in recent seasons. Pushed the English from the center of the scene for reasons I do not know, appeared a certain James Tavernier. Without the flashes of cameras, the former Wigan player, 23 years old, can spare several excitation points. It has a great spirit, plenty heart. Can play many roles, even prodigal winger, can make frontal attacks, with successive passes. His runs over the side and rhythm changes all the time broke the resistance of Peterhead. In his repertoire, must add this recurring optimism to shoot from outside the area, regardless the position or location. The generosity on his defensive game is also when the pair of central defenders failed to control a difficult ball, Tavernier came from the side to close the play and dominate the ball.

He waited for the opponent´s error and enjoys a stroll with that leg speed that makes him planted in the area with the knife between his teeth. Goofed clearance of Dzierzawski put the ball in the gate are, Tavernier with whole thrust, crossed a shot that was grazed the bar. The only blemish so far in their curriculum was the fouled in the area that the referee sanctioned by penalty. Other giving fluidity to the game from the left is the new skipper; Wallace remains a martyrdom of disequilibrium for any defense that has to suffer. Against Peterhead, he was encouraged to progress and a combination play with Waghorn and McKay, was found with a goal choice caught by the keeper Smith.

Wallace received the ball in midfield and once gave it, chose to go ahead in the field (other feature is the players are going to empty place, is seeking to play without the ball at his feet, moving to distract and surprise) seeking unmarked. In the race, headstrong and tireless, already with the ball controlled, surprised and scored the second against the Saints. Earlier, a corner kick to the heart of the visitor area, counted with the opportunism and readiness of the skipper to open the scoring.
In the last games we have seen in the medullary, the use of Shiels (except the first half against St. Mirren he saw it from the bench) and Halliday, thinking of other, monitoring the zone, warning by where place ha unbalanced the team and where could get problems. In the Peterhead game, the two midfielder mixed wonderfully, Shiels tried to create spaces though sometimes he lost the ball and Halliday came without fear to the rival field, gave meaning to the passes. By personality, technique and aggressiveness, Halliday is taking over the midfield. At the same time, we get another option to shoot from outside the area. I applaud that both Halliday as Tavernier fight to decide who shoots the free-kick, that means there are alternatives, not like last season.

In the opening game of the league season, Rangers showed some lack of coordination between the midfield and defense, which even resulted in the goal of Howieson. Nobody followed midfielder who slipped and came to our area easily.

Just had the opportunity, Rangers implemented the one against one or to accelerate in the last few meters, because when McKay and Walsh were not enough, Holt, Law, Tavernier or Wallace imposed by anticipation. Holt is the eye-catcher for the future. Against Peterhead, Holt showed he can be not only a replacement but a very helpful tool in managing those games where Rangers is the need to handle that ball against teams that waits crouching in his area. Instead, against St. Mirren, the former Hearts was the new axis of gravitation for which it circulated the attacking play, a trapeze artist against the robotic football. The Saints suffered his talent, back to goal, offered on every play.

Waghorn also arrived to Auchenhowie far from any pomposity and grandeur. It is becoming an infallible striker used to prevail in the most demanding situations. The class of attacker who creates scoring chances from almost anywhere (hibs suffered his power), regardless of position or location, always tests the opponents. It´s like a sneeze in the area, something insolent and unexpected, unpredictable to break waists. At all times, it exposed to defenders and systems that do not seem ready to stop him. With two Peterhead defenders whistling the crown, he stepped on the ball with both feet as he turned the entire trunk to snub the rivals, outstanding.  With the addition of Kenny Miller, Waghorn is ran to the side and was just effective, even when his prominent body is often disorienting. Hard to guess, run and fight, mixing a remarkable ability to protect the ball with a sovereign intelligence to discover spaces.

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Thank you very much my friend Neil Buchanan!!!

Nikica Jelavic 18

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We Are Not Neil Lennon!

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