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I Always Use Leeds As A Reference – Gary McAllister On Title-Winning Formula

Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has recalled how he won the title with Leeds United in 1992 by winning a host of games without playing well, urging the Gers to take inspiration and win ugly when needed.

The Light Blues visited Hearts in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday and were handed a shock 2-1 defeat, bringing their five-game winning streak in the league to an end.

However, with a game in hand and the chance to close the gap with Celtic down to two points, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers remain on course to push the Bhoys all the way.

As the Gers look to stop the Hoops from winning the title for ninth time in a row, assistant manager McAllister has stressed the need for them to win matches even when they are not playing well.

The 55-year-old has pointed Rangers’ players to how he won the league while at Leeds, insisting that the ability to find a way to win is crucial to title-winning sides.

You go back to personal experiences and I look back at the time when I played at Leeds United, where I managed to go and win the league“, McAllister said on Rangers TV.

I always use that as a reference and I can remember, in that season we won the league, we probably played exceptionally well four or five times – a handful.

And the rest of that, it is an old cliche but it does still stand up today, if you’re actually going to compete at the very top level, right at the top of the league, you have got to have an ability to win a game when you don’t play well or you don’t perform as well as you’d have liked to.

And that’s probably what the game was like the other night [against St. Mirren] and from now to the end of the season there’s going to be more.”

Rangers will be looking to put their Hearst setback behind them quickly when they host Ross County on Wednesday night.

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Goals And Not Money Motivates Jermain Defoe

Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister insists scoring goals, and not money, motivates Gers striker Jermain Defoe.

The English veteran has been key for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers since arriving at Ibrox on a one-and-a-half-year loan deal from Premier League side Bournemouth last January.

Having been impressed with the striker’s performances, the Light Blues decided to make Defoe’s move to Ibrox permanent, with the player signing a one-year contract to kick in during the summer last week.

Upon committing his future to Gers for another season, Rangers assistant manager McAllister has hailed the 37-year-old as a special talent.

The 55-year-old believes Defoe is motivated by the thrill of rattling the net and feels it is evident every time he scores, no matter how it goes in.

He’s a special talent“, McAllister said on Rangers TV.

You’d have to look in a wee bit closer. So, I don’t think Jermain is motivated with money because I think over the years – just need to look at the names of the clubs that he’s played for – he’s probably been rewarded throughout his career with good salaries.

So I don’t think that’s something that inspires him. I think he is inspired by just that thrill of hitting the back of the net.

You can see it every time whether it is a tap-in from two yards or a clever bit of moment and a bend in at the top corner or just a penalty. You just see the smile just come out.

Defoe has scored 16 goals from his 29 appearances across all competitions so far this term for Rangers.

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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.

Click to listen now in the player above or subscribe through your preferred podcast app.

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‘Absolutely ludicrous’ – Ibrox Exclusive: Whelan reacts to Rangers transfer news

Noel Whelan has suggested that it would be “absolutely ludicrous” for Rangers to sell Alfredo Morelos before the end of the January transfer window. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker claimed that the Gers would be “shooting themselves in the foot” with regards to their title chances were they to let their star man go.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, the Colombian has emerged as a late target for Premier League giants Tottenham this month as well as Inter Milan.

But Whelan has emphasised just how important it is that the 23-year-old stays at Ibrox in the coming days.

“It would be ridiculous to sell him now,” he told Football Insider. “It would be absolutely ludicrous.

“They’d be shooting themselves in the foot to get rid of Morelos now with that chase in the Premiership title.

“I can’t see it happening. I think if there’s any kind of move it will be in the summer for Morelos, and it gives Rangers time to bring in a replacement.”

Morelos has been in stunning form for the Gers so far this season, hitting 28 goals in just 35 games in all competitions at a strike rate of one every 84 minutes.

The South American is currently serving a three game ban, however, after being dismissed for a second bookable offence late on in December’s Old Firm win over Celtic at Parkhead.

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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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He Almost Likes To Play Off The Cuff – Jermain Defoe On Gers Team-mate Joe Aribo

Rangers star Jermain Defoe has heaped praise on Gers team-mate Joe Aribo and believes the youngster is able to express himself more in his new role.

The Nigeria international has been in a regular in Steven Gerrard’s Rangers starting eleven since arriving at Ibrox from Charlton Athletic in the summer.

While Aribo usually occupied positions in midfield during his initial days at the club, he has been moved to the right-wing recently and Gers frontman Defoe feels the youngster can express himself more in his new position.

The English veteran is of the opinion that the 23-year-old, who has also played behind the striker at times and has chipped in with four assists and one goal in last six league games, is enjoying his new role.

Defoe has lauded Aribo as a big player for Rangers this term and believes the midfielder does not think twice before doing what he does.

For Joe Aribo – where he was sort of like, played a little bit deeper and now he is playing as a 10, closer to the goal, where I feel like he can really express himself“, Defoe told Rangers TV.

And almost like play off the cuff without thinking too much and I feel like that’s where he’s at his best, when he can just play off the cuff and just do what he does.

He’s been a big player for us. He’s enjoying it, he’s enjoying playing that sort of role.

Aribo has scored six goals and provided eight assists from his 35 appearances across all competitions for Rangers this term.

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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

ACADEMY

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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Eduardo Herrera agrees personal terms with new club

Rangers striker Eduardo Herrera has agreed personal terms with Mexican club Puebla FC, Football Insider has learned.

The 31-year-old was told last month that he had no future at Ibrox, where his current contract expires in the summer.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Puebla are close to completing the signing of Herrera after he negotiated the terms of a contract.

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He has spent the last two years out on loan in his homeland, with a year-long spell at Necaxa ending last month.

Puebla have moved to take on Herrera’s registration and bring to an end his ill-fated two-and-a-half years on Rangers’ books.

The ambitious Liga MX club have indicated they could announce the deal later this week.

It will be a major financial boost for Rangers, who faced the prospect of continuing to pay the high-earning forward the remainder of his £20,000-a-week contract.

Rangers revealed in their most recent financial results they had spent £1.6million on paying up contracts of players for the year ending June 2019.

Herrera also cost a fee of around £1.5million when he arrived in the summer of 2017 under Pedro Caixinha.

He proved poor value for money, scoring just two goals in 24 Rangers appearances during his campaign at the club before being loaned out twice, to Santos Laguna in the first half of last season and then at Club Necaxa for the entirety of 2019.

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Gersnet Podcast 075 – Falling short in Edinburgh (again!)

  • 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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I Need To Say Things – Steven Gerrard To Hold Talks With Rangers Stars On Monday

Steven Gerrard has admitted he will have clear the air talks with his Rangers stars on Monday after a disastrous showing at Tynecastle. 

Rangers were outbattled and outfought by Daniel Stendel’s Hearts in the Scottish Premiership encounter and went down to a shock 2-1 defeat which hands control of the title race back to rivals Celtic.

The Gers were poor across the pitch and Gerrard’s three substitutions could not change the flow of the game, with Hearts taking advantage of their visitors being badly below par.

Rangers are due to host Ross County on Wednesday, offering a quick chance to bounce back, but Gerrard insists he cannot think beyond talks with his team on Monday as he needs to get things off his chest.

“I’m not feeling even one per cent of positivity right now, whether there’s a game on Wednesday or not”, he told Rangers TV.

“I think I have to get over this first and foremost.

“I need to speak to the players tomorrow. We need to talk about it and we both need to get stuff off our chest.

“Then we can maybe start thinking about Wednesday.

“But we have to think about Monday and Tuesday first and get through them”, the Gers boss added.

The defeat at Hearts was only Rangers’ second loss in the league of the season and Gerrard will demand a reaction when his players line up against Ross County at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

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