Rangers fan group make special announcement in hope of fan investment

Rangers fans group the Union Bears have released new silk scarves as part of a merchandising campaign for the season ahead at Ibrox.

The Rangers ultras group rely heavily on donations and merchandising sales to run their operations, so fans are encouraged to invest in the stylish merchandise.

It will allow the group to build the stunning tifos and displays we saw throughout last season and help contribute to massively to the atmosphere and reputation of Ibrox.

The scarves are priced at the very fair price of £12 (excluding postage and packaging) and are available to buy from HERE.

There is also a range of Union Bears merchandise available on the site.

Fans can purchase merchandise safe in the knowledge it will go to the group and ultimately to enhancing the atmosphere at the stadium.

The Union Bears split supporters last season after a range of protests following a clash with the club over safe standing sections.

The group want to expand their section even further into the Broomloan and restricted their involvement in a series of matches last season in protest at a lack of progress in discussions.

It had a considerable effect on the atmosphere of the stadium.

Th Union Bears play a massive role in the tifos and displays at Ibrox Stadium. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The group then praised “positive discussions” which had been held with the club [Union Bears] with a view to introducing new measures in the forthcoming seasons.

The group relies on selling merchandise likes the scarves to thrive, and fans are invited to also donate the group online.

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English club manager claims they’ve beaten off multiple others to secure Rangers player

On Wednesday, Blackpool confirmed the signing of Ryan Hardie from Rangers.

The 22-year-old joins on an initial two-year deal for an undisclosed fee, ending a near decade long association with the Gers.

However, this looks a good move for all concerned right now. Rangers finally receive a fee for a player, Hardie gets a shot at regular football at a decent level, while Blackpool add firepower ahead of a promotion push.

The Seasiders manager, Simon Grayson, is delighted with the signing.

“The club has been monitoring Ryan’s progress for some time and having watched plenty of footage and spoken to fellow coaches and players about him, he’s going to be a good addition who strengthens our attacking options,” Grayson told Blackpool’s website. “We’re getting him at the right age and have beaten some competition for his signature.”

His last comment about beating off others to sign Hardie is an interesting one.

Hardie turning out for Scotland against the Czech Republic in the 2017 Toulon Tournament. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Blackpool’s Ryan Hardie signing a coup?

While links to Blackpool started a while back, there was a distinct lack of reports linking him with any other sides.

Yet, it shouldn’t necessarily be a surprise that there was further interest.

While he suffered injury problems and endured a quiet second half of last season, in December, he showed what he is capable of with five goals in five matches whilst on loan at Livingston. He’s also played and scored for Scotland at multiple youth levels.

At 22, he’s at an age where he’s looking to kick on and standing at 6ft 2″ he offers a considerable aerial threat.

Bearing all those factors in mind, Hardie is an attractive proposition. While he didn’t quite make it at Ibrox, given the right support, he could be a big hit in League One.

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Former Rangers star on-trial with Championship side and potentially seventh club

Former Rangers loanee Nathan Oduwa is currently on trial at Swansea, according to Wales Online.

Should he sign, the Welsh club would be the former Tottenham Academy player’s seventh club. He’s only 23.

Best remembered for causing outrage by *checks notes* rainbow flicking an Alloa player and “taking the p***”, Gers fans will wish the forward all the best.

Nathan Oduwa was signed on-loan from Tottenham by then Rangers boss Mark Warburton back in 2015.

The player was signed as part of the restructuring of the playing squad in the English manager’s Championship year with the club.

Whilst he wasn’t consistently amazing, his trickery entertained fans and there looked to be a lot of potential in the then 19-year-old.

Oduwa would go on to play 19 games for Rangers that season, scoring once in a 4-0 win over Dumbarton.

His loan spell would, however, be cut short and he returned to White Hart Lane in the January of 2016.

Oduwa would go on loan again to Colchester United and Peterborough before his Spurs contract expired.

The young Englishman would then spend two seasons with Slovenian outfit Olimpija Ljubljana before moving to Denmark with Vejle Boldklub.

The player was also loaned out to Luton Town whilst at Tottenham prior to moving to Rangers.

Nathan Oduwa showed real flashes of his ability at Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Should Oduwa earn his move to the English Championship Rangers fans will be willing a player who always speaks fondly of Ibrox to be a success.

But if it doesn’t work out in Wales, maybe he can be the latest member of the band to get back together with Mark Warburton in London.

Former Rangers teammates Liam Kelly, Lee Wallace and Dom Ball have all signed on at Loftus Road.

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Ligue 1 club want £2m Gers star to replace outbound international – report

According to a Soccer Link report, Dijon want Rangers left-back Borna Barisic.

The Croatian international cost the Gers are reported £2 million just last summer [Scotsman] when he moved on a four-year deal from NK Osijek.

Dijon want Rangers left-back for Ligue 1 charge.
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Yet, it’s suggested that the Ligue 1 club are already keen to prise him away from Ibrox.

It’s stated that he is seen as a suitable replacement for Tunisia international Oussama Haddadi, who is heading for Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.

Verdict

Dijon maintained their top-flight status by a whisker last season and are clearly looking for better returns this time around.

Given that and their need for a left-back, it’s little surprise that Barisic’s name has come up, following strong recent displays for Croatia.

The 26-year-old is now first-choice left-back for his country, playing alongsde the likes of Modric and Rakitic. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

Yet, just yesterday, the 26-year-old was quoted reiterating his devotion to Rangers [Football Scotland]. On the back of those comments, it would seem strange if his head was turned.

What’s more, while he disappointed at times last season, Rangers simply don’t have enough cover at left-back to let him go. He’s the only naturally left-footed full-back in the squad, with Jon Flanagan and Andy Halliday the back-up options.

After a promising display in Gibraltar last week, if offers materialise from Dijon or elsewhere, they aren’t likely to be met with much enthusiasm.

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English manager admits Rangers have January loan recall option on player

In an interview with The News, Portsmouth Kenny Jackett has revealed a transfer clause which may meet the approval of Rangers fans.

Ross McCrorie joined Pompey earlier this month in a season-long loan deal.

Initially, it was reported that the EFL League One club had an option to buy the 21-year-old [Evening Times]. However, that claim has since been dismissed by Gerrard [RangersTV].

In actual fact, the Gers have more control over the deal than first thought. If required, they will be able to bring the youngster back to Ibrox during the winter break.

Portsmouth manager admits Rangers could recall loanee

‘There is an option to recall him in January,” Jackett told The News, Portsmouth.

“We have two long-term loans at the moment, in Sean Raggett there isn’t (a recall option) and in McCrorie there is. We hope lightning doesn’t strike twice.”

McCrorie in Europa League action for the Gers against Rapid Vienna. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Verdict

McCrorie is a popular homegrown talent at Ibrox, seen by some fans as a future Rangers captain.

Therefore, it’s pleasing to see the club ensuring they have as much control as possible over his future. Even if he is out on loan.

The hope is that he’ll play week in, week out down on the south coast, aiding his development in a way which wouldn’t be possible back at Rangers.

Now we know that if that if he impresses over the first few months of the season, or if an injury crisis strikes at Ibrox, McCrorie can be whisked back up the road and back into the Gers lineup.

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Gerrard provides exciting transfer window update

Steven Gerrard has provided another exciting Rangers transfer update, as quoted by the Daily Record.

The Gers boss has been extremely busy over the summer months.

Jordan Jones is one of the many new faces at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So far, he’s strengthened his side in the wide channels, central midfield and at the heart of defence. His most recent signing was the high profile capture of Sweden international Filip Helander.

However, excitingly for Rangers fans, he’s not done just yet. He still has his eye on bringing another body in.

“We’re nearly complete in terms of the squad we are trying to build,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Daily Record. “There will not be much more activity there – maybe one.”

Gerrard delivers exciting Rangers transfer update. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

With a month and a half left of the transfer window, there’s clearly ample time to get another deal over the line.

It’s unclear as yet what area he wants to strengthen in, though. Perhaps the most likely is up front. After all, Kyle Lafferty has been told he has no future at Ibrox [Scotsman], while Ryan Hardie has just signed for Blackpool.

While youngsters Josh McPake and Zak Rudden are options if either Jermain Defoe or Alfredo Morelos get injured, they are young and inexperienced.

The fact that Gerrard has the majority of his business already done, is commendable. There’s been significant squad upheaval, but with most of the new arrivals getting a full pre-season, there’s ample time for the new group to gel before the SPL campaign kicks off next month.

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Young Gers prospect helps SPFL side to win on first competitive start

Cammy Palmer made his first start for Partick Thistle on Tuesday evening in a 2-1 win over Queen’s Park at the Excelsior Stadium. 

Goals from ex-Gers marksman Kenny Miller and Thomas Robson gave the Jags a two-goal cushion at the interval.

Salim Kouider-Aissa pulled one back for Queen’s Park, but the visitor’s held on for all three points.

Cammy Palmer helps Thistle top

Last season, 19-year-old Palmer captained Rangers Reserves to the league title.

Now, he’s looking to prove he can cut it in senior football. So far, so good for the young midfielder.

He got his first taste of action as a substitute at the weekend in a 1-0 over Airdrie. This time around though, he got the full 90 minutes in the centre of midfield.

Palmer played a friendly for the Gers against HJK Helsinki last January but is yet to make his competitive debut. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The win sends Thistle top of Group F with a 100% record after two matches.

It’s a positive start to the season for the Glasgow club, but the real priority is performing in the Championship. They came close to relegation last season, but after a squad revamp are looking to make it back to the SPL.

If Palmer can play a big role in helping them do so, his stock back at Ibrox will continue to rise. It’s a great opportunity for the youngster and let’s hope as he gets more minutes under his belt, strong performances will follow.

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Club make major broadcasting announcement ahead of St. Joseph’s tie

Rangers will broadcast the second leg of the club’s Europa League Qualifying Round One tie with St. Joseph’s worldwide on RangersTV.

Supporters with a “RangersTV Unlimited” subscription will be free to watch the match live for no added cost.

The match will also be available on pay-per-view within the UK and everywhere else around the globe for £9.99 as Rangers prepare to face the Gibraltar side.

The club also encourages supporters to purchase the match as early as possible with demand set to be very high as kick-off approaches.

Login to the match will be available one hour before kick-off and needless to say, supporters are much better served to purchase the game from the club instead of watching it illegally.

Find out more information about the broadcast and how to sign-up HERE.

Rangers will take a 4-0 lead into the tie at Ibrox after scoring four second-half goals in the first leg on the British overseas territory.

Despite the plans to broadcast the match, Rangers will be preparing for plenty of fans to turn out at Ibrox. (Photo by Steve Bardens – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard has been speaking about rotating his squad going into this match to give his players a run-out and to experience a busy Ibrox.

The Rangers boss even hinted that Ibrox teenager Josh McPake could be involved in proceedings [RangersTV] as the 17-year-old Academy prospect looks to get his first taste of competitive action at the club.

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I Always Show Humility – Steven Gerrard Plays Down Title Headlines

 

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has dismissed suggestions that he has said the Gers are set to win the Scottish Premiership next season.

The Scottish Premiership side are currently preparing for the second leg of their first Europa League qualifying round tie against Gibraltar-based club St. Joseph’s after claiming a 4-0 away victory in the first leg.  

With the European qualifier set to take place on Thursday, it was reported that Gerrard is sure that the Light Blues can beat rivals Celtic to the league in the 2019/20 Scottish Premiership campaign.

However, the former Liverpool captain has denied making any title claims and believes it would be stupid of him to make such statements, while assuring the fans that the team will do everything to win the league.
 

I haven’t been misquoted because I haven’t said anything in terms of winning the league so I categorically deny anyone who claims that I am saying we are going to win the league“, Gerrard told Rangers TV.

I think that would be very naive and stupid from my behalf.

I always show humility when I talk about competing for the main things. What is for certain is that we are in good shape and the squad in looking strong.
 

We will do everything we can to challenge on all fronts, in every competition, but we will always show respect.

Rangers will travel to Kilmarnock to kick-off their Scottish Premiership campaign on 4th August, while defending champions Celtic will host St. Johnstone the day before.   
 

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Rangers release official statement concerning future of £20k-per-week player

Rangers signed Eduardo Herrera from UNAM for a reported £1.5 million [Scottish Sun] in the summer of 2017.

However, his Ibrox career never really got off the ground.

He was deployed almost exclusively as a substitute by Pedro Caixinha during his first season at the club and after netting just twice, he was deemed surplus to requirements.

Herrera steers in a backheel against Partick Thistle at Firhill. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Since then, he’s been sent out on loan back to his native Mexico.

The first of those spells was a poor few months with Santos Laguna where he barely played and failed to score.

Last January, he joined another Liga MX outfit – Necaxa. That move worked out somewhat better, with the 30-year-old netting five times in 16 appearances.

However, that initial deal ended last month. Some uncertainty followed as the striker reported for pre-season with Necaxa rather than returning to Glasgow. Rangers have now moved to clarify his future, though.

Rangers confirm Eduardo Herrera loan extension

In a statement released via the club’s website, it was confirmed that Herrera has extended his loan deal by a further six months.

Herrera is playing much more regularly at Necaxa, often as a lone striker. (Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/Getty Images)

That’s good news for Rangers, as he will remain off the wage bill until 2020. A reported £20k-per-week has now been freed up [Daily Record].

Herrera turned out for his adopted side in the Supercopa MX over the weekend, but he lost out to former manager Pedro Caixinha’s Cruz Azul.

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