Podcast: County Preview

IT’S Monday’s Official Rangers Podcast as we preview the visit of Ross County to Ibrox on Wednesday.

We get an insight into the Staggies from Andy Skinner of the P&J and reflect on the last meeting of the two sides back in October.

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Burns Supper Gallery

ON Friday 24 January, the Radisson Blu Glasgow hosted the 2020 Rangers Burns Supper sponsored by PTC Financial Services Ltd.

Host Tom Miller was joined by a range of special guests including Gary McAllister, Alfredo Morelos and Andy Firth in addition to a range of club legends and speakers for an evening of fine Scottish cuisine and traditional music to celebrate Robert Burns.

With a selection of toasts, poems and the odd wee dram, an enjoyable night was had by all at the 2020 Burns Supper.

Our club snapper was there to capture the best of the evening, click above to view a full gallery.

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Loan Review 27/01

RANGERS have a number of players out on-loan at present. Here’s how they performed at the weekend…

Jak Alnwick – Blackpool

Jak will continue to miss the next few weeks for Blackpool after being forced off in their Boxing Day match with Accrington Stanley with an arm injury.

Apps: 24

Clean sheets: 6

Jake Hastie – Rotherham United

Jake was an unused substitute as Rotherham were beaten 2-1 at Peterborough to surrender their grip on first place in League One. Now in second place, they host new league-leaders Ipswich tomorrow night.

Apps: 18

Goals: 3

Jason Holt – St Johnstone

Jason was back in the St Johnstone line-up and played 90 minutes to help them to a crucial 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at McDiarmid Park on Saturday. David Wotherspoon grabbed the winner on 83 minutes to move Saints up to eighth – five points clear of the relegation play-off with two games in hand.

Apps: 12

Goals: 0

Robby McCrorie – Livingston

After making a hugely impressive debut for Livingston on Wednesday as they defeated St Johnstone 1-0, Robby helped Livi to another victory as they beat Hamilton 4-2 at New Douglas Park. Livi play host to Motherwell on Saturday.

Apps: 2

Clean sheets: 1

Ross McCrorie – Portsmouth

Ross missed-out for Portsmouth as he continues his recovery from injury.

Apps: 15

Goals: 0


Stephen Kelly – Ayr United

Stevie grabbed the all-important winning goal for Ayr as they defeated fellow play-off hopefuls Inverness at Somerset Park. Netting after 61 minutes, Ayr moved to within a point of second-placed Caley, and are a comfortable six points inside the play-off places with a game in hand.

Apps: 26

Goals: 6

Nicky Hogarth – Stirling Albion

Nicky was awarded ‘Man of the Match’ in spite of Stirling Albion being beaten 2-1 at home by Elgin City. Albion are sixth but are just two points outside the play-offs with a game in hand.

Apps: 2

Clean sheets: 0

Aidan Wilson – Edinburgh City

Aidan played 90 minutes to help Edinburgh City to a 2-1 away win at Stenhousemuir. That means they keep touch with table topping Cove Rangers, who are five points ahead.

Apps: 10

Goals: 1

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Hearts 2-1 Rangers

RANGERS lost for just the second time in the Scottish Premiership this season, going down to Hearts at Tynecastle.

The Light Blues looked on-course for yet another victory when Ryan Kent netted a super goal just two minutes into the second half, but Steven Naismith equalised and Liam Boyce netted a winner with six minutes left.

From the side which defeated St Mirren at Ibrox in midweek, boss Steven Gerrard named an unchanged line-up.

And, that XI were subjected to the standard, high-energy start that can be expected from Hearts at Tynecastle before things evened themselves out and it became a real battle in the middle of the park from both sides to try and win supremacy.

The Jambos’ new signing Boyce had the first effort of note on 11 minutes, shooting low to Allan McGregor’s right from 25-yards, but it was a simple save for the Ibrox stopper.

Then with their first attack under a minute later, Rangers should have been ahead. Ryan Jack picked-up in midfield, drove forward and played a super ball into the path of Kent, who had drifted over to the right.

The angle was against him slightly as he closed in on goalkeeper Joel Pereira, and he fired over the bar with his eventual effort from around eight yards-out.

Gers played a good offside trap to deny Boyce when Steven Naismith slipped him through, while a super Kent flick had Joe Aribo running in on goal, but pressure from Aidan White meant he put his strike wide as he entered the area.

Naismith headed  Lewis Moore corner wide, while a slip from Hearts almost let Jermain Defoe in, but a combination of Craig Halkett and Sean Clare denied him.

Half-time saw the introduction of Scott Arfield and Matt Polster in place of the previously-booked pairing of Ryan Jack and Jon Flanagan.

And, seemingly with the words of boss Gerrard still ringing in their ears, Rangers scored a goal of real beauty within two minutes of the restart.

Counter-attacking from a Hearts attack where Glen Kamara did superbly to win it from Craig Halkett, Ryan Kent burst forward, with support soon following. The ball appeared to be on for Aribo to Kent’s right, but instead, he picked out Borna Barisic to his left.

Barisic, as he so often does, delivered a super-ball, this time along the ground, and picked out Aribo who had come into the area.

He had his back to goal and couldn’t turn, but he provided a perfect lay-off for Kent, and from 15-yards out slightly to the left of goal, he slewed a stunning drive into the far top-corner to spark pandemonium among the Rangers support in the Roseburn Stand behind the goal.

It really was Gers at their best, and they could have made it 2-0 with a Niko Katic header going just wide, and a Kent strike from 25-yards being deflected over the bar.

However, on 57 minutes, Hearts drew level. Gers, looking to play out, had the ball turned over by Halkett who got it onto Boyce in the right channel.

He cut the ball back for Steven Naismith who was just inside the area, and he curled the ball beyond the reach of McGregor.

Super football from Polster and Aribo on the right ended with Aribo bending a shot just wide as Gers looked to find a way back into the match, but it soon reverted back to the midfield scrap that much of the first-half had been.

Connor Goldson saved Gers with a block on the line from a Conor Washington strike, while sub Sheyi Ojo played-in Defoe at the other end, but as he drifted right of goal his shot ended up going into the stand.

The game had come alive again going into the last 10 minutes, and on 84 minutes, Liam Boyce put Hearts ahead.

A loose clearance presented the ball to the striker on the edge of the area, and with the aid of a deflection, the ball ended up in the back of the net.

That proved to be the winner, and while Gers committed men forward in the latter stages of the match, they couldn’t test Pereira.


RANGERS: McGregor; Flanagan (Polster, 45), Goldson, Katic, Barisic; Davis, Jack (Arfield, 45), Kamara (Ojo, 74); Aribo, Defoe, Kent.

SUBS NOT USED: Foderingham, Halliday, Jones, Edmundson.

HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN: Pereira, White (Bozanic, 45), Souttar, Clare, Naismith, Halkett, Moore (Wahsington, 59), Boyce, Sibbick (Ikpeazu, 75), Irving, Henderson.

SUBS NOT USED: Zlamal, Walker, Meshino, Avdijaj.

REFEREE: Steven McLean

ATTENDANCE: 18,539 (3245)

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Gers Unchanged In Gorgie

STEVEN GERRARD has named an unchanged side for this afternoon’s Scottish Premiership clash with Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle.

From the team which defeated St Mirren 2-0 in the League on Wednesday night, Gerrard opts for the exact same XI.

That means it’s a back five of Allan McGregor in goals with Jon Flanagan, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and Borna Barisic in front of him.

Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara and Steven Davis are in midfield, while up front, Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent will support Jermain Defoe.

On the bench this afternoon for Gers are Wes Foderingham, George Edmundson, Sheyi Ojo, Andy Halliday, Jordan Jones, Matt Polster and Scott Arfield.

It’s a 3pm kick-off in Gorgie, with full coverage available on RangersTV outside the UK. Join Tom Miller and Iain Ferguson.

RANGERS: McGregor; Flanagan, Goldson, Katic, Barisic; Jack, Kamara, Davis; Aribo, Defoe, Kent.

SUBS: Foderingham, Edmundson, Ojo, Halliday, Jones, Polster, Arfield.

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Robbie Delighted With Winner

STRIKER Robbie Ure was delighted to net his first goal for the Development Squad as his last minute goal secured a 2-1 victory for the Gers this afternoon.

The 15-year-old came on as a half-time substitute in the friendly against Huddersfield and got his head on the end of a Kyle McClelland cross late in the game.

Speaking to RangersTV after the match, he said: “It was a great win for the boys and I think that we dug deep because we were 1-0 down in the first-half.

“I think we showed great character to come back and win 2-1 so it was a good win.

“It was enjoyable it was also tough because the bigger boys are tougher than me and they are physical so I just had to believe in my size and hope I could do alright.

“It was good play from the midfield to get it out to Kyle McClelland and it was a great ball from him just hit it right between the goalkeeper and the defence and thankfully I just got my head on it and it was a good goal.

“It is a good achievement hopefully there will be many more to come.

“I thought I played ok I think I could’ve held the ball up a bit better but overall I think it is my second game for the reserves, my first 45 I thought I played ok.”

Ure made his first appearance for the Development squad as a late substitute in Tuesday night’s Glasgow Cup victory over Partick Thistle before also featuring this afternoon.

The youngster says he is loving the opportunity of being part of the squad.

He added:

“It’s great all the lads have made me feel so welcome and I just feel if I can get some more minutes under my belt for this age then I will be happy.

“Graeme Murty has been so good to me he’s played me in the game today so I feel as if I am improving in every game I play up against big boys and that’s what I want to be doing.”

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Gerrard Shares Defoe Joy

JERMAIN DEFOE has today spoken of his delight at committing himself to Rangers until summer 2021 – and the striker’s joy is shared by boss Steven Gerrard.

The Ibrox gaffer has been thrilled with what Defoe has brought to his Rangers side in the last year since arriving on-loan from AFC Bournemouth – and now when that deal expires, he’ll become a permanent Gers player in the summer.

“It’s fantastic news,” Gerrard told RangersTV. “It’s something we have been working on over the weeks and it is great to finally get that done and dusted.

“I think it’s great news for all the supporters and everyone connected to the club for many different reasons.

“He is an incredible professional with the way he goes about his work on and off the pitch – he is a credit to himself and his family.

“And, also on the pitch, which is the main thing, he is still contributing heavily. He is a major part of this group, this team and this squad and hopefully, together we can go and share some success as I think he deserves that.

“I think the career he has had, it would be very fitting if, when he decides to hang his boots up, it would be great if he could really look back on his Rangers career and this part of his career with some success.

“He is a role model to all our kids in the Academy, and all the young kids out there who are big fans of his because he carries himself very well.

“He is the type of player that does everything that is asked of him – he eats the right food, he gets the right rest and he is the model professional.

“He is never out the gym, he is first on the training pitch and he is last off it. He was unbelievable to play with and I am very proud to be his manager now – he is just an absolute credit to himself.”

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Report: Rangers 2-1 Huddersfield

RANGERS Development squad beat Huddersfield Town  2-1 in a friendly at the Hummel Training Centre this afternoon.

The visitors were ahead through Micah Obiero on the 32nd minute before Glenn Middleton equalised just a minute before the interval.

Huddersfield were first to threaten inside the first five minutes as a trialist for the West Yorkshire side set-up Tim Akinola for a shot on the edge of the box but his curling right-footed effort bounced back off the bar.

Graeme Murty’s side had a good chance of their own shorty after as James Maxwell won the ball back on the left, before whipping a cross into the box towards Glenn Middleton. The Gers forward got a touch on the ball but couldn’t keep his effort down as it drifted just over the bar.

Hudderfield goalkeeper Jacob Chapman produced a good save to deny Rangers a breakthrough on the 18th minute. Josh McPake picked out Kai Kennedy in the box, and the winger fired a powerful shot towards goal which was blocking by the visiting number 1.

Just before the half-hour mark Huddersfield came close as captain Scott High found space and tried a shot from long-distance but it was just wide of the target.

The visitors got the break-through on the 32nd minute as the trialist played the ball through to Micah Obiero and he blasted a powerful shot into the top of the net.

Rangers were forced into a change shortly after as defender Daniel Finlayson had to come off injured and was replaced by Kyle McClelland.

Kai Kennedy was next to be replaced for Rangers before the break after also taking an earlier knock, John Balde came on in his place.

The Gers were back in the game a minute before half-time as John Balde played the ball through to Glenn Middleton who fired a powerful shot into the back of the net.

Jacob Chapman pulled out another good save just after the break as he blocked a shot from John Balde.

Their were few chances to note for either side in the second-half as they searched for a winner in the match.

Rangers got a winner late on as Kyle McClelland found Robbie Ure in the box with a good delivery and the young striker headed beyond the keeper.

Rangers: Wright, Finlayson (McClelland, 34), Maxwell, King, Breen, Dickson, McPake (Ure, 46), Williamson, Middleton (Allan, 63), Docherty, Kennedy (Balde, 42). Subs: Kinnear, Miller, Strachan.

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I’ve Plenty Still To Give

JERMAIN DEFOE believes he’s got plenty more to give as a Rangers player after today committing himself to the club until the summer of 2021.

Currently on-loan from Bournemouth, Defoe will become a permanent Gers player this summer for at-least a further year.

In an exclusive RangersTV interview, he was asked, if by committing himself to the Light Blues for the next 18 months, he feels he has plenty left in the tank – and his response was emphatic.

“Of course! I’ve always worked hard first and foremost. I’ve always dedicated myself to give myself the best opportunity to do well – trying to tick every box and trying to recover and get myself ready for the games.

“At the same time, you want to manage yourself but I try to train as much as I can as I always believe you can improve – even if it is one per-cent.

“And I’ve said it before to the young lads, it doesn’t matter what you’ve achieved or how old you are, I always feel you can improve a little bit.


“I’m still loving it. I still wake up in the morning, look forward to training and still stay behind and do finishing.

“I love the game. I still get that same buzz and there is no better feeling than scoring goals – especially for a club like this.”

Defoe has become a key figure in the Ibrox dressing room given his experience – and he has passed on so much of his knowledge to the club’s Academy players who have worked with the first-team.

It’s something Defoe himself experienced as a young professional, and he continued: “It’s a bit strange as I remember when I was that age and coming through at West Ham, I was lucky enough to have good, senior players that helped me along the way.

“I think because I have been there and had that experience, it’s helped me at this stage of my career to remember that and give something back because I was lucky enough to have that and I know how much it helped me.

“So I think to be at this stage of my career where I can help the youngsters – and to be fair to them, they all listen and there are some good youngsters coming through at this football club which is good for the club.

“I enjoy it and there is no better feeling than when you see a youngster coming through and doing well.”

Defoe was also quizzed on the current synergy between the Rangers support, the players and the staff, where everyone is pulling in the same direction as the club looks to start winning silverware once again.

“It’s just so exciting,” Defoe added. “At times, you’ve got to, not switch-off, but try and relax a little bit as it is so exciting and you are so desperate to do well.

“You are so desperate to win the league and win cups and win all these trophies that you don’t want to be too tense and too anxious.

“You just want to try and relax and be calm and try to take each game as it comes and look forward to the next game – you don’t want to look too far ahead.

“But this is a special place with special fans with the support we get. Going to Dubai and going to the brunch, I walked into the room and just went ‘wow’.

“Getting that support over there was just something I’ve never seen before, and I have played for some great clubs, but that is something I have never seen before.

“I can understand why the manager said what he said to me when I first met him before I signed – and I am just so delighted I decided to come here and to sign another contract.”

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