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Intriguing Gerrard comment suggests he thinks club made glaring 2017 transfer error

During his interview with RangersTV after Sunday’s win over Derby County, Steven Gerrard made an intriguing comment.

When bigging up the magnitude of his side’s achievement in both outplaying and defeating a team who came within a whisker of promotion to the Premier League last season, he passed comment on a former Gers player.

Waghorn turning out in an Old Firm at Parkhead. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“They [Derby] have a coaching staff which have won leagues in Holland and they have quality throughout the team,” Gerrard told RangersTV. “[Martyn] Waghorn is worth £9million and their goalkeeper is a top-level goalkeeper – they have quality throughout the team and they have quality that was coming off the bench.”

Gerrard lauds Waghorn as a quality forward

By extension, it seems the manager thinks the Gers made a glaring transfer error back in 2017.

Waghorn was in Glasgow for two years before the club sold him to Ipswich for an estimated £990k [Transfermarkt].

Now, just two years later, it seems the current Rangers boss believes the 29-year-old is worth close to nine times what the club got for him.

Waghorn has done well since moving back down to England. (photo by Alan Martin/Action Plus via Getty Images)

That seems a touch far-fetched. Having said that, when Waghorn moved on from Ipswich to Derby after just a single season, he cost the Rams a cool £5.04 million [Transfermarkt]. He then particularly impressed in cup competitions under Frank Lampard and even notched a goal against Aston Villa in the playoff final.

Regardless of his current valuation, though, he was unable to make his presence felt upon his return to Ibrox over the weekend. He left goalless and on the losing side following Nikola Katic’s late winner.

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Rangers Not Willing To Complete Permanent Ryan Kent Capture

 

Rangers are not currently willing to buy Ryan Kent, but Liverpool only want to sell the winger, according to the Sun

Kent enjoyed a successful season last term on loan at Rangers from Liverpool, making a big impact in Steven Gerrard’s team at Ibrox.

He has attracted interest from a host of teams, not least Rangers, who would like to see him return north of the border.

Liverpool though want to sell Kent, with Jurgen Klopp having ruled out letting the winger leave Anfield on another loan agreement.

 

However, Rangers are not currently willing to buy the 22-year-old and want him on another loan deal.

It remains to be seen if either side will shift their approach, but Liverpool have the pressure of the 8th August Premier League and Championship transfer deadline approaching, after which a number of potential destinations for Kent will be ruled out.

Rangers have until 2nd September to do business and may be hoping Liverpool come round to another loan for Kent.

 

It has been claimed that Liverpool will be looking for a fee in the region of £8m to let the 22-year-old leave Anfield on a permanent basis.
 

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“I’d give you my last tenner” – Some Bears rave about ‘superb’ Gers star

Rangers were well worth their 1-0 victory over Derby County on Sunday.

Nikola Katic’s winner may have come in the closing stages of the pre-season fixture, but the Gers had been knocking on the door for some time before that.

One of the standout performers on the day was Greg Docherty. In fact, the 22-year-old was awarded Man of the Match by RangersTV.

It’s the latest of several impressive outings from the industrious midfielder this month.

He wasn’t involved against Progres on Thursday evening, but was one of only a handful of players to get 90 minutes in the victory over the Championship side.

Docherty is yet to open his goalscoring account for his boyhood club. It’s not for a lack of trying, though.

Docherty has featured prominently in Rangers’ pre-season fixtures. (Photo by Rachel Holborn – BRFC/Getty Images)

He was in the thick of things from the word go, looking to test out the visitor’s keeper. Playing in a relatively advanced role, he buzzes around and looks to create, just like he did whilst on loan at Shrewsbury last season.

It’s hasn’t been straightforward for him at Rangers so far and with the quality Gerrard has at his disposal in midfield, it’s going to be difficult for the ex-Hamilton man to nail down a spot.

Rangers fans praise Docherty

Yet, his determination to succeed is there for all to see and is appreciated by the Ibrox faithful.

Therefore, when Docherty took to Twitter in recognition of the win, he received no shortage of praise for his efforts.

Here’s a selection of reactions:

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Four-twist development for Rangers signing saga

Yesterday saw some lively developments on Rangers’ transfer market front. We’ll cover the rest later, but the most illuminating was the four-twist story on the Ryan Kent saga.

For those under a rock, Kent is of course a huge target this summer for Steven Gerrard, who is willing to wait till the final minutes of August 31st to secure his man.

Or… that is… ‘was’.

The Kent deal has officially been curtailed now, and the situation is 100% dead in the water, barring a miracle.

How did it get to this?

It all started when, twist one, Kent was omitted from yesterday’s friendly with Napoli at Murrayfield. Manager Jurgen Klopp attributed it to a virus, but given what he said thereafter, we have doubts.

And what did the Anfield chief say thereafter?

To make it clear – twist two, Kent will NOT be going out on loan again, and at his age needs to feel settled.

So, that, point one, means Rangers will NOT be getting him for a season long loan again. An official rebuke there for Steven Gerrard.

However, the wording from Klopp indicated two concerning things for Kent himself – that he will not be allowed to go out on loan anywhere else ever again, and critically, that he will not be making it at Liverpool. Twist three:

“At the age he is now, he needs to find a place where he can settle. We will see what happens but a loan is not planned.”

The fact Klopp did not mention Kent’s parent team while mentioning how important it is for the player to find somewhere to settle indicates the former Borussia manager has seen enough and decided Kent, despite a decent pre-season, isn’t what he wants.

So, someone has to stump up the £12M or whatever Liverpool want for his services.

The next stage of the potential acrimony is an apparent hissy fit from Kent:

Twist four: he’s erased Liverpool entirely from his social media.

After Klopp’s statement, and to be fair we don’t blame Kent for this, he’s now endeavouring to cut ties with his employer, and that starts by removing them from his Twitogram etc.

It is slightly immature of course, but Kent now knows he’s done at Anfield, and he isn’t getting a loan out anywhere else. That said, given how many loans he’s had, it’s not entirely unfair to suggest it’s time for him to step up and secure stability.

But with no bids received and only loan interest in the winger, Kent may now be stuck on Merseyside with their youth team.

Unless Rangers sell a major asset and suddenly have £10M+ to play with, and similarly decide Kent is worth all £10M+, he will not be seen in a Rangers shirt again.

So… barring aforementioned miracle, Kent to Rangers is 100% dead now.

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Rangers star confident Gers’ quality will shine through this season

Rangers defender Nikola Katic is confident that the Gers’ class will shine through this season as he prepares for a fight to nail down a first-team place.

The Croatian defender is competing with Filip Helander and George Edmundson to partner Connor Goldson and admits there are two or three “quality” players in every position now.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Nikola Katic of Rangers celebrates at full time during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell, Scotland.

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Katic played 90 minutes of yesterday’s win over Derby, scoring the only goal, and insists that he is ready to battle for a jersey.

“If you want to win the league and compete in the Europa League you must have good players in each position,” Katic told the Daily Record.

“Every position has two or three quality players and I’m ready for the battle with my team-mates. They are all good players so we will see who gets the jersey this season.

“The squad is definitely better this year. We kept maybe 95 per cent of the players and added others who have quality. We have a really good team. I think we will show that during the season.”

Katic impressed against Derby yesterday and it’ll be interesting to see how Gerrard’s side line up on Thursday against Progres.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 12: Nikola Katic of Rangers celebrates at the final whistle during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Rangers face a hectic start to the season and the 22-year-old is likely to have a big part to play as Gerrard figures out his best XI.

At only 22, Katic and George Edmundson could both be features of the side for years to come and both will be hoping to prove to Gerrard that they deserve a place ahead of more experienced colleagues.

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“Subdued – 6”, “Great team mate – 8” – Rangers match ratings v Derby

The final pre-season friendly is now complete and after a stodgy first 20 minutes, Rangers lifted the tempo to belatedly earn a 1-0 win v Derby.

Here are some Ibrox Noise match ratings to chew on after the action at Ibrox:

Foderingham:

Didn’t have a lot to do, but some good footwork and distribution was admirable. 6

Tavernier:

Bright enough down the right, but definitely looks a little subdued by comparison with his old self. Still getting a decent volume of crosses in, but seems just a little subpar these days. 6

Katic:

Aerially strong and made no gaffes on the ground – kept Waggy extremely quiet. Katic is mostly doing a good job this pre-season in persuading Stevie he’s up to it. His goal imprinted that. 7

Helander:

Hard to judge him really – neat enough on the ball but didn’t really get hugely involved in the graft at the back. Way off fitness and it shows. 6

Barisic:

Some solid defending and good balance on the left but where on earth have this guy’s stellar crosses gone? It was the one good thing about him last season, but right now they’ve gone AWOL. 6

Kamara:

God-awful first 20 minutes in which he really struggled to make a single pass – picked it up thereafter and managed some good ball winning but overall he’s not exactly in overall great form. 6

Davis:

Not great by his usual standards – didn’t pull the strings at all this time, had little influence, and while he made few errors, he really didn’t stand out. 6

Docherty:

Leaps and bounds Rangers’ best player, but it’s not saying a lot. Docherty might not have the pure power and physicality of Aribo, but he has a tonne of energy and no one covers more ground. He’s a great team mate out there and few play for the shirt more. 8

Arfield:

Energetic and getting closer to full fitness, Arfield’s work rate is matched only by Docherty’s, and without his influence Rangers might be rather stale in the final two thirds. 7

Jones:

Lively to a point but ultimately not that effective. Didn’t link too well with Barisic nor did he create any major chances. 6

Defoe:

A good performance and he regularly caused trouble at the back for Derby. A number of decent shots and he’ll be disappointed not to have scored. 7

Steven Gerrard:

Put out a fairly strong team but we’re just getting that nagging feeling that Rangers peaked earlier in the pre-season and the players are already looking quite stale and lethargic. It just doesn’t look as energetic as it previously did – we’re also getting a little irritated by the rotational stuff. Sure it’s only pre-season and sure you can praise it by pointing out the strength in depth, but we really hope once the serious action is underway the XI will start to settle to a regular eleven men or thereabouts. 6

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Watch: Rangers loanee scores stunning free-kick in cup clash

Rangers loanee Stephen Kelly has scored his first goal while on loan with Championship Ayr United – and the midfielder’s first strike for the Honest Men was a stunning free-kick.

The midfielder hit the net in the 2-2 draw to fire his side into the lead before conceding an equaliser and going on to lose out on a bonus point on penalties.

The midfielder curled his free-kick into the top corner, out of the reach of Stranraer keeper Dale Burgess from the edge of the box.

Ayr finished second in Group G to Livingston but didn’t pick up enough points to secure one of the four best runners-up spots.

Kelly joined Ian McCall’s side on a season-long loan and has made a good start to life with the Honest Men as he gets regular senior games under his belt.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Stephen Kelly of Rangers is seen during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Ayr United on September 26, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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After impressing in the Gers’ Development squad, getting regular action at first-team level should really help him improve and increase his chances of games when he returns to Rangers.

The midfielder made his debut for Steven Gerrard’s side last season against Ayr in the League Cup and was on the fringes of the side throughout the campaign before heading out on loan.

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Josh McPake RYDC Q&A

RANGERS Academy forward Josh McPake will take part in a Twitter Q&A on the Youth Development Company account (@rfc_rydc) tomorrow from 12.30pm.

In early July, he signed a contract extension that keeps him at Rangers until 2022 and was named Rangers Academy Player of the Year last season.

Josh also played his part as the 18s won the league and cup double and the Reserves clinched the league title.

So what would you like to ask him? Tweet your questions now and he’ll answer for RYDC.

Since 2002, RYDC profits have been directed to Rangers Football Club’s youth programme – with almost £8 million provided so far.

And in January, Academy Head Craig Mulholland and youth graduate Glenn Middleton accepted an RYDC donation of £400,000.

For full details on RYDC’s growing portfolio of products – the re-launched Rangers Pools, Rangers Lotto, the Union Jackpot half-time draw, Scratchcards and Stadium Bricks – visit www.rydc.co.uk or call 0141 427 4914.

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Frustrated Gerrard set to put Rangers star on show to quell transfer talk

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has insisted that Alfredo Morelos is a “huge part” of his side – and is going to “do everything” to put the Colombian in front of the media to answer speculation himself.

The Colombian has been constantly linked with moves away from Ibrox, with AC Milan the latest side reportedly watching the Rangers star.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers is congratulated by Rangers manger Steven Gerrard at the final whistle after scoring a hat trick during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Gerrard is clearly becoming frustrated with being asked about Morelos’ future constantly and admitted that he’s going to try get him to answer the speculation on his own.

“Alfredo is a huge part of what we are trying to do here. Instead of me answering this question every single press conference, I’m going to do everything I can to put Alfredo in front of you guys,” Gerrard told the Evening Times.

“Then you can ask him the question whether he wants to be part of this going forward. I can only say I want him to be part of it. The decision lands with Alfredo.

“I’m sure now that he has been in this country two or three years, he knows ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. So can we have Alfredo up here please to stop me having to answer the question every time. I’ll do my best for you.”

Morelos has already hit the net four times this season and losing the Colombian would be a massive blow for the Gers as they aim to push Celtic all the way this season.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring his third goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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If clubs hit the asking price Rangers are looking for then he’ll be on his way but until they do, it would be good to hear the striker confirm where he wants to be.

Hopefully, hearing from the horse’s mouth will put to bed some of the talk over his potential exit.

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Esteemed European manager’s comments are yet more validation for Gerrard’s revolution

Speaking to RamsTV on Sunday, Phillip Cocu congratulated Rangers on their pre-season victory over his Derby side at Ibrox.

For much of the game, it looked as though the Gers would fail to breach the visitor’s defences. However, Nikola Katic eventually popped up with the winner with just six minutes left on the clock.

Katic once again showed his prowess in the air. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Despite the late nature of the decisive goal, the 101-cap ex-Dutch international had no complaints about the result.

“I think it was an excellent test for us against a great team,” he told RamsTV. “It was a good game, up and down, some periods in the game where I thought we did very well, some parts of the game where we struggled.”

“They pushed us back and the same in the second half. Their goal was from a corner but to be honest it was a well-deserved win. Kelle Roos made some great saves so it was a really good test before we start the league because you want a strong opponent on their pitch so I think we can be happy with this game, not of the result but because of the strong opponent.”

Phillip Cocu praises Rangers

These comments are further validation for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers revolution. Before he took the reins at Ibrox, few people were suggesting the Light Blues were a ‘great team’.

Now, though, an esteemed former player turned successful manager with PSV, is happy to admit his second-tier English club were outplayed in Glasgow, just a week out from the beginning of their domestic season.

Cocu has a tough task replacing Frank Lampard at Pride Park. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Gerrard’s main remit, of course, is to deliver silverware. While that’s a big challenge he’ll face over the coming season, it’s fair to say he’s already succeeded in bringing respectability back to this Rangers team.

Derby were fortunate to head back down south with just a one-goal defeat on Sunday, and their manager knows it.

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