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Gersnet Podcast 099 – First blood to the bears

As Rangers beat St Mirren comfortably at home and Celtic drop points away, the bears take first blood in this year’s title race. Colin, David Wren and Frankie discuss our start to the season amongst all the rest of the latest Rangers news.

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for our next live event (usually Sundays at 9.30pm during the season).

At the moment you can also subscribe to the pod via the platforms below the video (remember to download their app from the App Store and/or Google Play) if you want to listen/download on your mobile devices. If you encounter any problems, then please email us for help.

  • Acast: https://www.acast.com/gersnet (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/gersnet-podcast/id1367486387
  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonaQVRhZNv1jN4SSz8bsw
  • Castbox: https://castbox.fm/channel/fa2e801c39a9dfac69c6f7f28316b4be1be2b863 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Google Play (USA only for now): Listen on Google Play Music
  • TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Football/Gersnet-Podcast-p1117723/
  • Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=180590&refid=stpr (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Podbean: Coming soon
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“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play my Favorites playlist”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Front Page”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn what are my playlists?”
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Applying Stevie’s Survival Skills: Bayer Leverkusen v Rangers

Fifty nine: After 59 minutes on the 20/02/2020 we were 0-2, v Braga in Hummel chevrons familiar to us but with change shorts removing their usual colour scheme from confusion with Arsenal. They looked relatable but unique, neither too different nor too ordinary. Their opening goal, pinged in from a distance almost as long as the Brazilian scorer’s full name, may have stemmed from a Rangers mistake but, in execution, looked so much like one of Ryan Jack’s brace at Ross County earlier in the season.

In short, my admiration for the visitors was matching my sadness for us hosts. These guys were slick, cool and classy. If it had to be anyone I was glad it was them. In Europe, Stevie G’s Gers don’t do Hearts- and Hamilton-style humiliations. We beat who we should beat and only lose after epic struggles.

Braga did induce some boos at this point. They were taking so long to celebrate the goal which had surely won the tie. But most of us were quite happy for them to take their time. This was a team who hadn’t lost their previous 13 European ties. They’d done super rich Wolves at Molineux. The BT clock hits 60:02 before Ruiz is back in his own half and Ryan Kent can finally restart the game. Sixty minutes:

I spent much of the next five minutes worrying we might get skelped. We don’t embarrass anyone in Europe under Gerrard but we don’t get embarrassed. Then it hit off the back of number 60 and into the Copland net and within a heartbeat we’re winning 3-2 and, six days later, amid unseasonal sun and Iberian balm, precisely as the clock hit 60:00, Connor Goldson made the interception which led to the only goal of the night – the killer pass played by Ianis Hagi, the man who’d really won the tie, who was born on 22 October 1998, the night we beat Bayer in Leverkusen in the UEFA Cup. I wondered who we’d draw in the next round…

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To misquote a German born ten months before Bayer Leverkusen, to write poetry in the middle of a global pandemic is barbaric. But Theodor Adorno was an accomplished composer as well as a renowned philosopher, and he wouldn’t fail to see the lyrical symbolism of Steven Gerrard’s two European campaigns as Rangers manager.

Gerrard’s first competitive game in charge of our club was a Europa League qualifier first leg, won comfortably at Ibrox on, of all 2018 dates, the 12th of July. The last game his Rangers played before we entered those four Covid-afflicted months without our club – when over 46,000 Rangers fans last breathed the same air as our team – was a Europa League Round of 16 first leg.

Between times he led us through two epic qualifying round campaigns and two exhaustingly tight group stages. Rangers produced the most thrilling of all their performances to triumph over Braga in the 2019-20 round of 32 but “easy” is a rare concept in these unrelenting European runs. It’s fitting we’ve had to wait five months to play our 32nd UEFA competition game under Stevie G.

It’s trite to say even Covid-19 couldn’t put this side out of Europe. But one year before Gerrard’s arrival, our all-time most humiliating European result came, like a tacky limerick, against a club called Progres. From March to August 2020, while the SPFL divisional titles were called early and we pondered another domestic silverware blank, there was something almost inevitable about each leg of this tie straddling lockdown like a heroic couplet.

A second leg providing another 3-1 win for the away team would complete the most beautiful rhyme imaginable but, if I’m honest, this Thursday I just want to see us make a game of it – maybe even a tie.

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Leverkusen aren’t as match fit as ourselves, their last competitive game being the German Cup final of one month ago. They’re a side who missed out on the 2020-21 Champions League thanks to occasional, massive glitches in form, losing by the kind of score-line which would indeed put us into the 2019-20 Europa League quarter-finals. But their usual form is sublime. They can still easily qualify for that Champions League by winning this Europa League outright.

The total lack of fans in the Bay Arena this Thursday may have freaked them out slightly more than us if it hadn’t been for the fact they acclimatised to it when the Bundesliga restarted and completed 2019-20, from May to July. Most of that was live on BT Sport and Leverkusen, as the last team I’d seen win in the flesh, were of particular interest in this first few weeks of football back on the telly. They were as worryingly impressive from my sofa as they were from my seat in the Main Stand.

Wunderkind Kai Havertz may be off soon. However, even if he departed for pastures Chelsea before Thursday, Leverkusen have quality all over the park and seem to produce child prodigies faster than oor Alfie gains fat in the off-season. Florian Wirtz became, at one month over 17, the Bundesliga’s youngest ever scorer back in June with a consolation against Bayern bloody Munich.

Our own main hope is that Mr Morelos does like Daniel Cousin at Parkhead in August 2008 and advertises himself to the continent’s big spenders by putting in his finest performance yet. But even if, come kick-off, Alfie’s disinterested, ‘unavailable’ or even sold, it’s when you have the phrase “we’re up against it” on your lips, but can’t quite spit it out, that you realise exactly what Gerrard’s done for us.

Villarreal effectively beaten on away goals in two group stage draws with a Liga side; Rapid Vienna, Legia Warsaw, Porto and Feyenoord beaten at home – the last three all unable to beat us on their own patches; Braga beaten home and away when we suspected they may be a step too far and then looked like a side on a different level for one sobering Ibrox hour.

For me it’s easy to imagine Gerrard communicates to his side what he experienced as a player: Being expected to win, especially domestically, can be a burden – up against it, usually in Europe, invariably produces magic.

For every domestic embarrassment under Stevie there is a nine men in Ufa, a one down after mere seconds at El Madrigal and a heading for extra time knowing one slip against Legia Warsaw denies us the group stages. We’ve only conceded four goals once under Stevie G and that was during a crazy Muscovite night which saw us winning 3-2 and have a perfectly good fourth disallowed. He may have won more European trophies as a player than Rangers have in their entire history but we’re a club that should always worry Leverkusen.

Surviving in Europe, in terms of pure time, longer than any other Scottish club in any one season is another strange boast to add to our historic continental collection. As well as becoming the first side ever barred from defending a European trophy (1972), we enjoyed Europe’s biggest ever quarter-final win (1960-61) the season after we suffered the biggest ever European semi-final loss (1959-60) – both against German clubs.

As a player Gerrard won the previous version of the competition, also in North Rhine-Westphalia, in nearby Dortmund. He scored in that final (along with his current assistant Gary McAllister), just as he did in Istanbul when things seemed impossible for his side in his first Champions League final. After he hit the net in Istanbul Liverpool still trailed 3-1, just as Rangers do going into Thursday’s game.

My ambition is always for us to win the tie. If we do, watch out world. But what I need at the very least is our result against Leverkusen, the only side to score three at Ibrox against Stevie G, to make a respectable closing line for these two epic European runs. Everyone involved deserves a standing ovation, even if it is from our sofas.

Reflecting on our most recent Europa League campaigns, our support must understand they’re more than the equivalent of lifting either domestic cup – that, in terms of marking our progress under Gerrard, they have been sheer poetry.

Possible team (4-3-3):

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Gersnet Podcast 098 – You’ve got no fans!

As Rangers get their 2020/21 campaign underway with a comfortable away win over Aberdeen, Colin, Ross and David Fraser discuss all the action as well as looking forward to our European return in Germany this midweek.

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for our next live event (usually Sundays at 9.30pm during the season).

At the moment you can also subscribe to the pod via the platforms below the video (remember to download their app from the App Store and/or Google Play) if you want to listen/download on your mobile devices. If you encounter any problems, then please email us for help.

  • Acast: https://www.acast.com/gersnet (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/gersnet-podcast/id1367486387
  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonaQVRhZNv1jN4SSz8bsw
  • Castbox: https://castbox.fm/channel/fa2e801c39a9dfac69c6f7f28316b4be1be2b863 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Google Play (USA only for now): Listen on Google Play Music
  • TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Football/Gersnet-Podcast-p1117723/
  • Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=180590&refid=stpr (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Podbean: Coming soon
  • Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0HnkutCKJDp0ce8BzsIuy5 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)

Alexa Skills!

Another cool feature of Acast, Castbox, Stitcher and TuneIn is that you can add Skills to your Alexa smart devices in order to listen to the pod through your Echo or TV.

Just open your Amazon Alexa app and search for the relevant Skill to add it, then try the following example commands to get started:

“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the latest episode of the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play my Favorites playlist”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Front Page”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn what are my playlists?”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Listen Later”

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Aberdeen v Rangers: Once more unto the breach

None of these questions are easy to answer.

For the last two seasons any challenge offered to Celtic has faltered after the winter break whilst we’ve been unable to secure a domestic cup for almost ten years – despite leading in one against Hibs and outclassing Celtic in another last year. Fortunately, our performances in Europe has perhaps been a more accurate barometer of progress with good work against several decent continental outfits across the last two seasons. Indeed, we’re still not officially out of last years Europa League just yet!

With all this in mind, it’s interesting to note that this summer squad changes have, so far at least, been kept to an absolute minimum for Gerrard’s third season. The global pandemic may have ensured a stagnated transfer market but is this also a sign that our manager feels his squad is capable of delivering trophies? With only Ianis Hagi arriving as a genuine first XI player then, as it stands, we certainly have to hope that’s the manager’s thinking. Yes, Jon McLaughlin, Calvin Bassey and Leon Balogun have also strengthened the squad but with Niko Katic injured for the longer term and the likes of Andy Halliday and Jon Flanagan not having their contracts renewed, that means a more streamlined look to our squad with a nod to youth in certain areas, particularly at right back in the exciting Nathan Patterson.

Of course it would be remiss of me not to mention the Alfredo Morelos situation. At the time of writing it appears a renewed bid has been made from France for his services and it’s nearing the (inevitable?) stage where the Colombian will move on sooner rather than later. In fact, it’s not a guarantee he’ll play in tomorrow’s opener given his uncertain situation and one only need look at our opponents to see how an injury can affect the possible sale of your biggest asset. Aberdeen will be missing both their first choice strikers and, with Defoe again injured for us, it’s been a big surprise and disappointment that we’ve not brought in another striker ahead of the game. Irrespective of Morelos’ status, we need another centre forward and it’s an undoubted gamble not to have back-up at this stage. It has been suggested that Gerrard doesn’t want squad players (such as Kamberi) but genuine quality so if a suitable fee is agreed for Morelos, the manager may think the gamble of waiting will pay off with two new strikers capable of competing for the role brought in on the bulk of any transfer proceeds. As it stands though, I don’t think the manager will hesitate to play the Colombian tomorrow, even if we’ve seen other attackers such as Barker, Stewart, Murphy and Hagi all work well together across the front-line in pre-season.

Indeed, if we look again at the starting XI for those friendly games, the manager seemed fairly consistent in his favoured side and coincidentally that is the same sort of XI we seen in our last league game in March. At that time James Tavernier and Ryan Jack were struggling with injury but those two players aside, the team that started against Ross County is effectively the one that took us through pre-season undefeated and likely to be the one that will open our season tomorrow.

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Our defence is fairly easy to predict. A couple of summer niggles and a positive start to Jon McLaughlin’s Rangers career aside, Allan McGregor remains our first choice ‘keeper and a key player when it comes to a winning mentality. In front of him, our back four should also be a consistent one as the season progresses with only the left centre back uncertain for now. George Edmundson should retain his place until Filip Helander is fully fit once more but the big Swede showed enough pre-Christmas last season to be Connor Goldson’s preferred partner. At full back James Tavernier and Borna Barisic remain two important players, particularly in a creative sense, but both will need to demonstrate the mental strength required to ensure they can lift trophies as Rangers players.

Moving into midfield and the deeper part of our system especially, we have four players battling for three positions. Steven Davis, Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo are all fine players but the manager has often found it tricky to find the right blend in some domestic matches. That amalgam of defensive wherewithal along with the ability to move the ball quickly and vertically remains one of our biggest challenges in the stuffy arenas and artificial pitches of the Scottish Premiership. This perhaps explains why Ross Wilson and the manager are happy to pay the best part of £3million for Bongani Zungu who may well arrive imminently. Davis will miss tomorrow’s game with a niggle but should be available for the midweek trip to Germany.

We also have several options further forward. Signing Ianis Hagi on a permanent deal should be a good move in terms of creativity and a goal threat whilst the form of Kent and Brandon Barker across pre-season also bodes well for the real thing. Achieving consistency from these players, as well as enough game-time for the rest of our forward options will be the key to unlocking this squad’s full potential. Hitherto fringe players such as Barker, Stewart, Jones and Murphy really need to be playing regularly to show their best form but this is difficult with others ahead of them in the reckoning. Scott Arfield is another who can play in the advanced or defensive roles and we’ll be hoping for a better season from him as well. We’ve already discussed how short we are for strikers but we are where we are for now so let’s hope Morelos can get back on the goal trail quickly until such a time he does leave. However, the responsibility of scoring goals should not be placed on just one player.

All things considered, we clearly still have a good squad of players with an agreeable mix of experience and potential with undoubted quality across the manager’s preferred 4-3-3 system. However, a cursory look at last season’s results show we weren’t clinical enough in certain situations and it’s no secret we struggle to break down teams utilising low/medium blocks and concede cheap goals when we lose our own positional discipline when pushing for goals. The management team will have to prove they can overcome that if we’re to win trophies and Pittodrie will prove a good initial test of that tomorrow.

In conclusion, this is a big year for Steven Gerrard. In terms of his position as Rangers manager, he’s in a unique situation with the Covid virus offering difficulties no other has had previously in the post-WWII era. Yet, he’s now been in the job for two years so he’s no longer the inexperienced youth coach that arrived from Liverpool. Therefore, as he did as a player, he now needs to show he’s learned from every minute of being in charge; from the lows to the highs, and bring success back to Rangers, just as he’s seen happen at his former club. Conversely, for our part as fans, we have to remain patient. I have no doubt in my mind that Steven Gerrard is the right man for this job and whilst it may have taken a bit longer than I have hoped for him to win trophies, I firmly believe he will this coming season.

In that respect, leagues aren’t won on the first day of any new campaign but we have to get off on the front foot and there cannot be any excuses as we move further into the competition. Once more unto the breach, dear friends…

Possible team (4-3-3):

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Friendly Fire!

Our 2020-21 SPFL campaign kicks-off at a Pittodrie as busy as it always is when hosting anyone other than Rangers. But apparently more Bears are taking comfort from the lack of a home support this coming Saturday than from the nine July days that resulted in four victories, four clean sheets, one trophy formerly used as Don Johnson’s girlfriend’s vase in an episode of Miami Vice, and ten goals scored.

I understand. Some Rangers fans are protecting their emotions. They’re reining in the optimism because we’ve been sold this promise before. In January, in Dubai, we put six past Lokomotiv Tashkent of Uzbekistan before returning to Scotland to struggle against minnows in the Scottish Cup and systematically sabotage our Premiership-winning position. What’s worse, we did the exact same thing in 2018-19, that winter break incorporating a 3-2 Ibrox victory over Alfie’s former employers HJK Helsinki.

So it doesn’t matter that Lyon have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals, that OGC Nice finished two places above them in Ligue 1, or that Motherwell were blown away in the first half at Ibrox last Thursday as effectively as Coventry City’s resistance was stomped out in the second half on the same pitch, two days later. Friendly form doesn’t win domestic silver.

Throw in the Auchenhowie bounce game with Hamilton and Rangers have actually won five matches this July. The problem is we haven’t won any trophies in any December or May under Steven Gerrard and his sublime friendlies record is becoming as standard as his painfully unrequited domestic ambitions. As a support that remembers how real trophies are won, we constantly look for signs of that kind of form returning. But what we end up seeing is bogus patterns. Being good at friendlies is becoming automatically, and wrongly, connected with being bad at the real thing.

At a quick count, since he arrived at the club two years ago, Stevie G has overseen 16 non-competitive games; Amazingly, he has won 15 and drawn one (Blackburn Rovers last summer, the buggers). “Never lost a friendly” is hardly a boast; the worry is that for a club like Rangers and a man like Gerrard – who I first saw dominating the pitch in a 4-0 pre-season Liverpool mauling of Walter’s Rangers in 2008 – it’s a record ripe for mockery.

Yet I remember Chelsea at Ibrox in July 2007. Anyone who was there won’t forget it in a hurry. Rather than the insipid play in front of as many half-interested punters as empty seats, a rammed, bouncing Ibrox saw us hammer away at a team of superstars until we won it in the last five minutes. You might not believe Filip Sebo scored the winner – but you can’t avoid the fact each club would go on to lose one of that season’s European finals.

I felt something in the air that day, but it was all on the pitch. Rangers generated an over-achieving momentum which produced our longest ever competitive season (in terms of games played) and got us to within two final-round losses of a historic quadruple.

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But optimism isn’t necessarily fostered by marquis friendly victories. As both clubs entered what would be Championship winning seasons, the way Rangers played during Burnley’s 1-0 Ibrox win in July 2015 had us buzzing about new manager Mark Warburton.

One year later, with both sides newly installed in their respective top flights, the Clarets were 2-0 up and hitting the Copland woodwork within 18 minutes. We eventually lost 3-1 that day but I often wonder if Sean Dyche eased up on his friend in the opposite dugout. Warbs was gone by February.

Liverpool’s Ibrox romp in July 2008 didn’t do our domestic hopes any harm, but it presaged what was then our worst ever continental result, exiting Europe after one tie against Lithuania’s finest.

There are many valid reasons for not attending challenge matches, often glorified fitness exercises further stymied by 22 substitutions and a tepid atmosphere. But other than a few dozen noisy Bears in Lyon, Rangers fans ain’t attending anything this summer. The complete lack of atmosphere at this month’s matches is vital acclimatisation to playing competitive football in empty stadiums in this Covid-afflicted year.

And, irrespective of the number of subs, Rangers tempo this last few weeks has been anything but tepid. Our sharpness has been through the roof, be it in the barrage of pressing against Motherwell which resulted in two goals in the first ten minutes or the quick Greg Stewart throw-in which let Jamie Barjonas seal the Nice victory with the last kick of the game.

Aberdeen have, at one point this month, had to play themselves because opponents have pulled out of bounce games. Our first competitive opponents of the season would kill for our schedule, far less our form in pre-season friendlies.

Yes, beating Mansfield in the Algarve or The New Saints at Auchenhowie doesn’t prove you’re going to win at Parkhead in December. But if the main problem with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers is an inability to pluck the low hanging fruit, how would it look if we couldn’t gather the stuff that’s already fallen off the tree?

Rangers do not resolve our inability to maintain a good start to a campaign by failing to repeat the good start. You cannot be upset we only scored two against Coventry’s second eleven last Saturday and remain unimpressed by Gerrard previously taking us to five- and six-goal friendly wins over Oxford United and Bury respectively.

Stevie G’s Rangers friendlies have resulted in 47 goals scored and only six conceded – none of those six were scored by Nice, Marseille, Lyon or Derby County. While he’s sure to remain our most prestigious member of staff, defeating the kind of opposition Gerrard attracts reminds the world who Rangers are. Defeating high calibre sides in any kind of game not only makes us more attractive to prospective signings, it ensures we gain those inches of confidence so vital to a club still rebuilding its infrastructure.

And we have won at Parkhead under Gerrard. When he arrived, winning trophies was the ambition but an inability to cope with Celtic – our regular Old Firm humiliations – was the pressing issue. He took us from losing by five at Parkhead to losing by one at Parkhead, to losing by one goal with ten men, to winning at Parkhead. That took him 18 months.

By the end of his second year in charge Gerrard went from a shitshow League Cup semi and just missing out on Europa League knock-out stages, to being seriously unlucky to lose the League Cup final and making the Europa League round of 16. That he’s still hammering everything in front of him in friendlies shows the players are still listening to Steven Gerrard, that he has us on the right path, and that we’ll win by two clear goals this Saturday or by one goal against ten men who never threaten (see our last two Opening Day results).

The pressing issue at Rangers now is failure to break down defensive SPFL fodder. By the end of his third year I expect Steven Gerrard to have resolved that too. And we can all claim we knew he would when he defeated Hamilton Accies and Motherwell in Glasgow, in July 2020 friendlies.

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Gersnet Podcast 097 – Are Rangers Ready or not?

With our successful friendly programme pretty much complete but uncertainty about one or two key players, Ross is joined by David Wren and Stewart Weir to discuss if our squad is ready for success in the forthcoming 2020/21 campaign.

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for our next live event (usually Sundays at 9.30pm during the season).

At the moment you can also subscribe to the pod via the platforms below the video (remember to download their app from the App Store and/or Google Play) if you want to listen/download on your mobile devices. If you encounter any problems, then please email us for help.

  • Acast: https://www.acast.com/gersnet (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/gersnet-podcast/id1367486387
  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonaQVRhZNv1jN4SSz8bsw
  • Castbox: https://castbox.fm/channel/fa2e801c39a9dfac69c6f7f28316b4be1be2b863 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Google Play (USA only for now): Listen on Google Play Music
  • TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Football/Gersnet-Podcast-p1117723/
  • Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=180590&refid=stpr (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Podbean: Coming soon
  • Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0HnkutCKJDp0ce8BzsIuy5 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)

Alexa Skills!

Another cool feature of Acast, Castbox, Stitcher and TuneIn is that you can add Skills to your Alexa smart devices in order to listen to the pod through your Echo or TV.

Just open your Amazon Alexa app and search for the relevant Skill to add it, then try the following example commands to get started:

“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the latest episode of the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play my Favorites playlist”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Front Page”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn what are my playlists?”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Listen Later”

Obviously the Skills support various other relevant commands which you can have fun exploring!

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Gersnet Podcast 096 – Kings of Lyon, which is Nice!

On this week’s pod, Colin is joined by Ross and Alec to enjoy Rangers friendly wins in France as well as discussing MyGers, our youth academy and how the BLM movement is affecting our club and support.

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for our next live event (usually Sundays at 9.30pm during the season).

At the moment you can also subscribe to the pod via the platforms below the video (remember to download their app from the App Store and/or Google Play) if you want to listen/download on your mobile devices. If you encounter any problems, then please email us for help

  • Acast: https://www.acast.com/gersnet (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/gersnet-podcast/id1367486387
  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonaQVRhZNv1jN4SSz8bsw
  • Castbox: https://castbox.fm/channel/fa2e801c39a9dfac69c6f7f28316b4be1be2b863 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Google Play (USA only for now): Listen on Google Play Music
  • TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Football/Gersnet-Podcast-p1117723/
  • Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=180590&refid=stpr (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Podbean: Coming soon
  • Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0HnkutCKJDp0ce8BzsIuy5 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)

Alexa Skills!

Another cool feature of Acast, Castbox, Stitcher and TuneIn is that you can add Skills to your Alexa smart devices in order to listen to the pod through your Echo or TV.

Just open your Amazon Alexa app and search for the relevant Skill to add it, then try the following example commands to get started:

“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the latest episode of the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play my Favorites playlist”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Front Page”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn what are my playlists?”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Listen Later”

Obviously the Skills support various other relevant commands which you can have fun exploring!

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4LadsHadADream: The Podcast with Nicky Law (E22)

In the July episode of the 4LADS podcast, host Stevie Clifford and journalist Chris Jack welcome former Rangers midfielder Nicky Law to discuss his career so far, including his three years at Rangers under Ally McCoist and Mark Warburton.

Keep an eye on Gersnet’s Youtube channel for the next monthly 4LADS podcast as well as Gersnet’s own weekly pod (live on Sundays at 9.30pm on the channel).

At the moment you can also subscribe to the pod via the platforms below the video (remember to download their app from the App Store and/or Google Play) if you want to listen/download on your mobile devices. If you encounter any problems, then please email us for help.

 

  • Acast: https://www.acast.com/gersnet (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/gersnet-podcast/id1367486387
  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonaQVRhZNv1jN4SSz8bsw
  • Castbox: https://castbox.fm/channel/fa2e801c39a9dfac69c6f7f28316b4be1be2b863 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Google Play (USA only for now): Listen on Google Play Music
  • TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Football/Gersnet-Podcast-p1117723/
  • Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=180590&refid=stpr (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Podbean: Coming soon
  • Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0HnkutCKJDp0ce8BzsIuy5 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)

Alexa Skills!

Another cool feature of Acast, Castbox, Stitcher and TuneIn is that you can add Skills to your Alexa smart devices in order to listen to the pod through your Echo or TV.

Just open your Amazon Alexa app and search for the relevant Skill to add it, then try the following example commands to get started:

“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the latest episode of the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play my Favorites playlist”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Front Page”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn what are my playlists?”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Listen Later”

Obviously the Skills support various other relevant commands which you can have fun exploring!

This article was originally posted here

Gersnet Podcast 095 – On the New Crest of a Wave

This week David Wren is hosting and joined by Colin and John to discuss our friendly win over Hamilton, new digital branding (including the club crest revision) and the state of the squad as competitive football draws ever closer.

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for our next live event (usually Sundays at 9.30pm during the season).

At the moment you can also subscribe to the pod via the platforms below the video (remember to download their app from the App Store and/or Google Play) if you want to listen/download on your mobile devices. If you encounter any problems, then please email us for help.

 

 

  • Acast: https://www.acast.com/gersnet (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/gersnet-podcast/id1367486387
  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonaQVRhZNv1jN4SSz8bsw
  • Castbox: https://castbox.fm/channel/fa2e801c39a9dfac69c6f7f28316b4be1be2b863 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Google Play (USA only for now): Listen on Google Play Music
  • TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Football/Gersnet-Podcast-p1117723/
  • Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=180590&refid=stpr (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Podbean: Coming soon
  • Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0HnkutCKJDp0ce8BzsIuy5 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)

Alexa Skills!

Another cool feature of Acast, Castbox, Stitcher and TuneIn is that you can add Skills to your Alexa smart devices in order to listen to the pod through your Echo or TV.

Just open your Amazon Alexa app and search for the relevant Skill to add it, then try the following example commands to get started:

“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the latest episode of the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play my Favorites playlist”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Front Page”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn what are my playlists?”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Listen Later”

Obviously the Skills support various other relevant commands which you can have fun exploring!

This article was originally posted here

Can Kai Kennedy play his part this season?

Currently there is an exciting crop at Rangers at 16-18 year old range but as always success will be measured on the transition to first team from academy youngster. The club have started in the last year or so to use the loan market in terms of development and at times a stepping stone approach with some of the youngsters which seems as if they want to make use of the youth squad but in a measured approach.

This is a case in point with Robby McCrorie: the Scotland U21 goalkeeper who has been on loan to Berwick Rangers, Morton and Queen of the South with his exploits in the Championship prompting Livi to loan him from January 2020 where he seems to have done well in jumping up a level before the season was cut short. Many supporters feel that McCrorie is number 1 in waiting; the signing of Jon McLaughlin helps confirm that along with Robby agreeing a 3 year deal to 2023 – the expectation is Robby goes out on loan again within the Scottish Premiership for one year. McGregor’s deal ends next summer and by the deal end will be 39 so could be a well timed transition.

Now to the player I want to highlight, Kai Kennedy. He is a very exciting talent who is in a circumstance that is more unique in terms of youngsters that the club really see as having a big future with us. Unfortunately, he has just one more year left on his deal and the last reports about this situation were suggesting a deal was some way off being agreed. At 18 years of age you could ask him to be patient, he has already had huge clubs showing interest in recent times though with Liverpool, Roma and Manchester City being linked after he was named player of the tournament at the Alkass Cup when he was just 16, which the young Rangers side won.

The fact the deal is some way off with him entering his final year of the deal is worrying and whilst we can only speculate as to why the sides aren’t close I feel you can hazard an educated guess. It’s either financial or pathway to first team football related. We can’t compete with the wages he could get at an elite side, however, as a young lad who has been with us for a while I reckon it is a bargaining chip to see how the pathway looks under Gerrard.

I do think Gerrard likes young players – we see that with the acquisitions of Ryan Kent, Ianis Hagi, Nikola Katic and others. However the promotion of academy graduates is an area that just hasn’t quite happened yet so. As such, if this is the issue, I can see why Kai wants not just assurances which Gerrard has spoke of in good terms of Kai on numerous occasions but I feel he wants to see actions to back that up.

You could argue Gerrard has enormous pressure with Celtic pushing for an unprecedented 10 in a row albeit a period of dominance where their main rivals weren’t in the league for a huge period and a league given to them but I digress. For me I think the manager had many chances to involve more academy players though, take James Tavernier’s injury spell in January – Nathan Patterson comes in for the Stranraer game, gets man of the match and next game out he goes and is replaced by Polster.

Kai actually made his full Rangers debut coming on as a 2nd half substitute in that game, he had the following to say to RangersTV after, “It was a dream come true, it has been what I have been working for for the last 7 or 8 years and I just hope there are many more to come.”

Since that game in January no further chances to academy graduates have been forthcoming. Pressure to deliver and win things is one thing but Polster keeping Patterson out whilst Ojo and Barker restricting even the opportunity to come off the bench in the case of talents like Kai is a big failure on the part of the manager. In my view, he really needs to trust the young players more or risk losing a huge talent like the Scottish u19 international, who scored the winner in his last match vs Czech Republic: a stunning curling effort by standing up his opponent, a wee quick shift to create the space before firing in to the top corner.

Kai is a technically gifted talent who is versatile enough to play numerous positions. He has played predominantly on the left wing but can also be utilised as a traditional number 10 so it is likely he would be looking to give competition for Ryan Kent. I feel he is ready for that chance and the reason a loan is not an option on the table for Rangers is due to his concerns of a pathway. His ability to shift the ball with quick feet and confidence to take on his opposition full back with strong pace is impressive along with his unpredictability which is key to his success given he often likes to cut inside from the left to either shoot or play someone in but can go down the line too. Kai has also scored a few free kicks showing off his technical abilities, a downside could be his physicality however this is something he has worked on and will improve with age but his direct style could cause a lot of defences problems and he is ready now for the step up.

It’s time for Gerrard to commit to the hype surrounding Kai and give him the opportunity he deserves or face losing one of the biggest young talents in Scotland: pressure to succeed should not hinder the development of our top young players.

This article was originally posted here