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It’s Ibrox Crowd As Rangers Player I’m Looking Forward To – Gers New Boy’s Admission


Rangers new boy Greg Stewart has admitted he is looking forward to experiencing the feeling of representing the Gers in a competitive game at Ibrox.

The 29-year-old joined Rangers on a two-year deal this summer, after the expiry of his contract with Birmingham City in the Championship.  

Stewart spent last season on loan at Kilmarnock and Aberdeen respectively, and directly contributed to 20 goals in all competitions, including a goal against Rangers at Ibrox in October last year.

And following his switch to Ibrox, Stewart has admitted he is looking forward to representing Rangers in front of a sell-out crowd at Ibrox this term.

The forward also added there has been a lot of hard work in pre-season over the last few weeks and reiterates that he cannot wait to make his competitive debut for Rangers at Ibrox.

“All the hard work in the first two-three weeks, getting your fitness up and the games come along, so I’m looking forward to it”, Stewart told Rangers TV.

“I’ve had a couple of games behind closed doors, but to get the real feel for it, when you walk out in front of the [crowd] at Ibrox especially, so I’m looking forward to that the most.”

Stewart made his debut for Rangers during their 4-0 win over St Joseph’s in their Europa League qualifying round first leg clash on Tuesday night.

He could feature again next week, when Rangers host the return leg at Ibrox on Thursday.   

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He Was Top Three In Fitness Tests At Rangers – Ayr Boss Delights At Landing Gers Talent


Ayr United boss Ian McCall is delighted to have landed Rangers talent Stephen Kelly on a season-long loan, not least because the midfielder was amongst the top three fittest players at Ibrox.

The 19-year-old has made the switch to the Championship with Ayr in an attempt to enjoy regular first team football and continue his development.  

Kelly, who came up through the ranks at Ibrox, is one of the bright prospects at the club and scored a hat-trick against Ayr in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.

And in the wake of his move to Ayr, Kelly has come in for praise for McCall, who revealed he had been in talks with Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister to facilitate a loan even before the player excelled during the pre-season game.

The Ayr manager also revealed that Kelly clocked sensational fitness statistics in pre-season tesring with the Gers.

“Stephen is very, very highly rated at Ibrox”, McCall told his club’s official website.

“We had been speaking to Steven Gerard and Gary McAllister about him well before our game yesterday where he scored a hat trick.

“He is a central midfielder who can play in a two or a three and is very versatile.

“He is always looking to move and pass the ball and he was in the top three at Rangers when they completed their fitness testing.

“We need him to integrate well at the club, feel like an Ayr United player and have a great season.”

Kelly has a contract with Rangers that runs until the summer of 2021.   

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Reportedly imminent multimillion move suggests swoop for Gerrard’s ex-teammate was never on

According to Goal, Filip Helander has agreed to sign for Rangers.

A wide range of potential transfer fees have been suggested, with a fee of up to six million euros even suggested by one journalist.

The 26-year-old Sweden international is currently with Serie A side Bologna. However, their Sporting Director admits a transfer to Rangers could soon be finalised [Daily Record].

Helander looks to be on the move after four years with Bologna. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

If Helander does become a Ger, he will be the fourth centre-back in the first team squad.

He would join Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and a fellow new arrival, George Edmundson.

Four senior central defenders with Academy stars like Lewis Mayo for cover is enough for the upcoming campaign.

Therefore, given this move for Helander is likely to have been in the pipeline for some time, it now looks clear that a move for Gerrard’s former teammate, Martin Skrtel, was never on.

Skrtel and Gerrard were Anfield teammates for years. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The 34-year-old has been linked with a move to Ibrox for some time. Speculation intensified recently, though, when the former Slovakian international left Fenerbahce after failing to agree a new deal.

Just last month, the Daily Record reported that Rangers had held positive initial discussions with Skrtel and that he was set to fly to Glasgow for face-to-face talks the following week.

However, it seems as though the interest was greatly exaggerated. Gerrard has plucked for a defender in his prime rather than the experienced but perhaps fading ex-Liverpool man.

It looks a logical call and let’s hope the 6ft 4″ Swede is a success at Ibrox

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Some Rangers fans send “congrats” after significant Premier League club achivement

Former Rangers youth and Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour might only be 18, but he’s already turning out for the Stamford Bridge club.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard handed Gilmour 45 minutes to impress against Bohemians in Dublin. And impress the youngster did.

Chelsea fans haven’t been able to shut-up about the talented young Scot’s debut ever since. And some Rangers fans have been quick to lend their support to the player too.

Rangers had been desperate to keep a hold of Gilmour prior to his reported £500k move to Chelsea as a 15-year-old in 2017.

But such is the player’s renowned talent it was always going to be a struggle to convince him to stay at Ibrox.

Now 18, Billy sits on the fringes of the Chelsea squad in what could well be a breakthrough season for the gifted midfielder.

Frank Lampard clearly saw enough him to stick him on in this pre-season friendly and being a world-class midfielder himself, Lamps may well see Gilmour his own development project.

Gilmour impressed in the 45 minute cameo against Bohemians. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The teenager, from Ardrossan in Ayrshire, has also never forgotten the support he received at Ibrox, praising the role Kenny Miller has played in his career [Football Daft].

Does that mean we could see the wonderkid back at Ibrox on loan at one point in the future?

Well, we can certainly hope so.

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Rangers swoop for international will cost Rangers €6m – report

Rangers will pay Bologna a total of €6million (£5.4million) over the next two years to land Bologna defender Filip Helander, according to journalist Nima Tavallaey with the defender agreeing a four-year contract at Ibrox.

The Swedish international looks set to become Steven Gerrard’s eighth signing of the summer and Tavallaey claims the Gers will pay €4million (£3.6million) now with two annual payments of €1million (£900,000) to the Serie A side.

There does seem to be conflicting reports over the fee involved with The Sun and The Times claiming the Gers will pay as little as £3.5million while reports in Sweden claim it will cost £4.2million.

Given what has been spent this summer, Helander will be a substantial outlay regardless and could cost the biggest fee spent by the club since Nikica Jelavic.

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 10: Filip Helander of Sweden reacts after giving away a penalty during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group F match between Spain and Sweden at Bernabeu on June 10, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. Rangers swoop

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The Swede will almost certainly come straight into the side if a deal is done to bring him to Glasgow and he could, potentially, make his debut in this weekend’s friendly with Marseille, but wouldn’t be able to be added to the squad for the Europa League clash with St. Joseph’s on Thursday.

Helander’s arrival could also spell trouble for Nikola Katic with the Croatian looking to cement himself in Gerrard’s starting XI after spending much of last season watching from the bench.

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James has written about Scottish football for a number of years, with a particular focus on Rangers, has produced content for the likes of Shoot!, WATP Magazine, the Daily Record, the Scottish FA, Youth Football Scotland and SB Nation’s Got The Battle Fever On. A lifelong Rangers fan, James has been attending games since 1994.

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Rangers inadvertantly weakening Scottish Premiership rivals with creative youth transfer approach

When it comes to sending young Scottish players out on loan, the traditional method for both Rangers and Celtic has been to farm them to their league rivals.

This way, it strengthens teams against everyone else in the league whilst weakening them against yourself. Loan players generally don’t play against parent clubs.

It also means young players get that first-team experience of the league. But over the last two seasons Rangers have opted for a different route.

Greg Docherty has a very impressive season with Shrewsbury. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

The Ibrox club now seems to be sending their players to England with English League One the most common destination.

It’s been a strategy which allows players to get away from the goldfish bowl of Scottish football and develop in a new environment.

The likes of Greg Docherty excelled at League One Shrewsbury last season. Jordan Rossiter earned promotion with League Two Bury.

This year Docherty returns to the first-team squad, whilst Rossiter has been farmed out to League One Fleetwood.

He’ll be joined in the English third tier by Ross McCrorie, who has signed on at promotion hopefuls Portsmouth for the campaign.

Glenn Middleton is also being touted for a move to League One Coventry or Championship Hull in this window.

It is very difficult to imagine that Scottish Premiership clubs weren’t interested in the likes of Docherty, McCrorie, Rossiter and Middleton.

They are talented young players who are well aware of the league.

Granted, Stephen Kelly and Cammy Palmer have just earned moves to the Scottish Championship, but this is a tier below Rangers.

There’s a lot of excitement over Ross McCrorie’s move to Portsmouth. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But it appears that Rangers consider the lower tiers of England as a better place for their more-advanced young players to develop their game.

Whether that comes down to the standard of football, the politics of the game here or Rangers simply wanting to tread their own path, it’s an exciting approach.

And one which means rival Scottish Premiership sides will have to rely on other clubs to help support their recruitment.

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Conflicting reports emerge as claims Rangers swoop has been ‘blocked’ by manager

Rangers fans could be in for a disappointment as yet more conflicting reports over Ryan Kent‘s future have emerged – with the latest being that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has “blocked” a loan move for the winger.

According to the Mirror’s David Anderson, Klopp has “disappointed” Steven Gerrard and Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa by including Kent in his squad for their US tour and stopping another loan move.

However, other reports have also claimed that the Gers won’t find out until next week, at the earliest, whether Kent will be allowed to return and, according to STV, have ‘first option‘ if he is allowed to go on loan.

Rangers have made no secret of their wish to bring Kent back to Ibrox after the winger wowed fans and picked up the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award last season.

While Gerrard has made moves to cover the possibility that Kent won’t return, the Gers boss has spoken repeatedly of his admiration for the Liverpool youngster.

LASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Ryan Kent of Rangers controls the ball during the Scottish Cup 5th Round Replay between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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If Kent does return to Glasgow, it would be a good bit of business by the Light Blues but their title chances aren’t going to live or die on whether Kent returns.

Should Liverpool decide to keep him around – or sell him on – Gerrard’s squad has enough quality in it that they should still be in a very strong position to push Celtic and challenge for the title this season.

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Reported defender signing gives Gerrard new Rangers European squad dilemma

Rangers appear to be on the verge of landing the signing of Swedish international defender Filip Helander, according to reports – but the Swede’s arrival will give manager Steven Gerrard a problem when it comes to Rangers European squad.

According to Swedish outlet Sportbladet, the Gers are close to getting a deal done for the Bologna defender as Gerrard eyes up his eighth signing of the summer.

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 10: Filip Helander of Sweden runs with the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match between Spain and Sweden at Bernabeu on June 10, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

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As the Light Blues get their Europa League campaign underway, Gerrard has already had to make some tough decisions with the likes of Daniel Candeias forced onto the sidelines to comply with UEFA’s squad regulations. 

Helander’s arrival will mean that Gerrard has to remove someone from his current 22-man pool to register him but the big question will be who drops out.

The Gers must name a 25-man A list of senior players – reduced by three due to a lack of club-developed homegrown players – but can also name an effectively unlimited number of Academy players on a secondary B list.

The obvious solution would be one of the three senior goalkeepers in the squad – Allan McGregor, Wes Foderingham and Andy Firth – although the squad rules require three keepers to be named across the two squad lists.

Assuming the likes of Kieran Wright are registered on the B list, then there would be some room for the Gers to move and add Helander to the squad.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. Rangers European squad

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With reports claiming the Gers are spending as much as £4million to sign Helander, there’s no chance that he’ll be left kicking his heels on the sidelines alongside Candeias.

Gerrard may have an alternative plan up his sleeve for how he plans to fit him into his Rangers European squad but someone is going to have to be axed when Helander does complete his move to Ibrox.

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Rangers reach agreement on potential ninth summer signing – report

Rangers have reached a “verbal agreement” with Liverpool over Ryan Kent, at least according to Football Insider.

The report follows on from yesterday’s claims that Rangers have first option on the winger [STV] should Liverpool decide to loan him out.

But the Football Insider report is a little more definite and suggests that Liverpool have agreed to loan Ryan Kent to Rangers provided it is OK’d by manager Jurgen Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp is said to have the final decision over Ryan Kent. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard has spoken consistently about his desire to sign Kent but admitted that any move was “in Liverpool’s hands”.

From the outside looking in it appears that the situation with Ryan Kent really depends on whether or not someone bids for the winger.

Liverpool are reportedly holding out for a permanent sale of the player in this window, with some reports suggesting they want £12m for his services.

But with the Anfield club reportedly in for the likes of Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio, it is more conducive to Kent’s development to go back out on-loan if he doesn’t secure a permanent transfer.

The favoured destination in that instance, for all three parties, appears to be Ibrox. At least according to the plethora of reports on the matter.

Ryan Kent’s impressive season in Glasgow last year won him the SPFA Young Player of the Season award. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Now, as the Premier League window enters its final furlong we’ll await the decision of Liverpool and Ryan Kent.

Should Kent sign on at Ibrox, he could potentially be the club’s ninth signing of the window.

Going by reports, an agreement over signing number eight appears to be imminent.

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A seismic shift at Ibrox – Celtic take note…

A few days ago we brought you how Rangers’ ambition had dramatically changed over the past week, and that having signed freebies, a loan, and very cost-free players for the most part, links to the likes of Kemar Roofe and Slavia Prague’s Simon Deli showed that Rangers were now looking at serious cost players, at £5M acquisitions and even more.

Today’s near-confirmation of the addition of £4.2M Sweden man Felip Helander only serves to show that the money, serious money, is finally being spent, and Rangers are now genuinely taking the fight to Celtic to launch a credible title fight.

You can’t win the league with seven players for £1M total. But when you start looking at £5M players, then actually signing them, that is a whole new ball game.

Yes, Helander has bad injury history, and Rangers are only getting him at that price due to said injury history most likely, but if this Sweden international, ex-Malmo star and Champions League campaigner can keep himself ‘healthy’ (as they say in USA) then it’s a truly top-quality signing for Rangers at a price well below what such a commodity really is worth.

He’s said to have rejected Newcastle and Besiktas for Rangers, and there’s no denying his wages will be a few quid to say the least – he’s given up a very cushy gig in Serie A with a midtable Italian side to hit the wind and rain of Glasgow, and that doesn’t come cheap, but he’s clearly been attracted by working with a legend like Steven Gerrard.

And ultimately the board are now backing Gerrard with the kind of money on one player previously only a pipe dream for Rangers fans to see their team spending.

Evidently, the cash is there now, and the plan was to spend as little as possible on as much high quality as possible, before using the bulk for a small number of top-quality additions like Helander.

If we’d been offered two or three expensive marquee signings and a pile of astute ones like Jones and Ojo for next to no cost, frankly we’d have taken it.

Things seem to be moving in the right direction?

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