Steven Gerrard At Rangers

19 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
THE honeymoon period for Steven Gerrard is well and truly over. A season which promised so much, has ultimately, delivered very little. It has been a steep learning curve for Steven Gerrard Excitement levels soared following Gerrard’s bold appointment as Gers boss. The Liverpool legend has been backed heavily by the Ibrox board – spending close to £10million. In less than a year, Gerrard has brought in a staggering TWENTY ONE players, including big-name signings Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis. But many of the recruits have struggled to get to grips with life in Glasgow’s pressure pot. [boxout headline=”Steven Gerrard’s Rangers signings”]Scott Arfield – free Allan McGregor – free Jamie Murphy – £1million Ovie Ejaria – loan Nikola Katic – £2million Connor Goldson – £2million Jon Flanagan – free Umar Sadiq – loan Lassana Coulibaly – loan Ryan Kent – loan Borna Barisic – £2.2million Kyle Lafferty – £450,000 Eros Grezda – £2million Joe Worrall – loan Gareth McAuley – free Jermain Defoe – loan Steven Davis – loan Andy Firth – undisclosed fee Matt Polster – free Glen Kamara – £45k Jordan Jones – pre-contract [/boxout] As a result, the Light Blues will end the campaign trophyless, having been dumped out of both cup competitions while Celtic charge towards another title. It’s pretty obvious Rangers still have a long way to go to halt the Hoops’ bid for ten-in-a-row – with the green and white ribbons virtually already on this year’s Premiership trophy. Here, SunSport assesses the six positions Gerrard must improve ahead of a make-or-break new season for the rookie manager. CENTRE-BACK This has been a sensitive subject among the Rangers support – with Joe Worrall a regular ahead of Nikola Katic. Worrall immediately ousted £2m signing Katic after his late loan arrival from Nottingham Forest last summer. But the England youth international has failed to win over the Ibrox faithful due to a number of ropey performances. Joe Worrall and Connor Goldson have been preferred at the back this season However, with Worrall due to return to Martin O’Neill’s side in the summer, and Gareth McAuley out of contract, Gers will be short of options at the back. Connor Goldson has emerged as first-choice centre-half over the course of the campaign and it looks certain he will have a new partner come August. LEFT-BACK Rangers poached Borna Barisic from Osijek following his impressive Europa League showings. The Croatian though, has been plagued by injuries, much to the frustration of Gerrard. Curiously, former captain Lee Wallace has barely had a look in, with Andy Halliday and Jon Flanagan instead being played out of position. Wallace – who stuck by the club through its darkest days – looks certain to quit at the end of the season, when his contract expires. And Gers have to deal with the situation by bringing in a replacement who is ready to compete for a regular starting slot. RIGHT-BACK Skipper James Tavernier is Rangers’ penalty king It’s no secret that James Tavernier isn’t the best defensively – but there’s no doubting his attacking qualities. The skipper is one of the first names on the Rangers team sheet with 11 goals and 12 assists this season. Yet while he’s a constant threat going forward, Tav is frequently caught out at the back. As things stand, he has little competition, with the versatile Jon Flanagan out of the picture. And Gerrard may be tempted to bring in somebody more defensive minded, offering him more flexibility. ‘LOSING MONEY AT ALARMING RATE’ Rangers don’t have financial clout to challenge Celtic says Michael Stewart PLAYMAKER Rangers have been crying out for a No10 – dare I say it, someone in the mould of Celtic’s Tom Rogic. But Gerrard failed to address the issue in January, instead signing Davis and Glen Kamara. The Light Blues are currently overloaded in the midfield department, with Davis, Kamara, Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield, Ross McCrorie, Andy Halliday, Lassana Coulibaly and Graham Dorrans all fighting for places. Greg Docherty, Jason Holt and Jordan Rossiter are also due to return from their loans in the summer, adding to an already bloated squad. Steven Davis has failed to live up to the big hype Gerrard though, insists he’s closer than ever to finding someone who can unlock stubborn defences and chip in with goals. He said: “A No 10 was an area we tried but maybe targets you’re after aren’t available or with the funds available you can’t make that happen. “But it’s definitely an area we’re looking at and I predict that could change in the short-term. Short-term, for me, is the next window.” WINGER Jamie Murphy’s season was brought to a cruel end after tearing his ACL back in August. And while Ryan Kent has stepped up in his absence, there’s no guarantees the Liverpool loan star will still be a Rangers player next season. Gerrard’s made it clear he would like to sign the 22-year-old on a permanent deal, but the Reds will demand a sizeable fee for the winger. Gers splashed out £2m for Eros Grezda but the Albanian attacker has contributed little, due in part to injury, and still has it all to prove. Youngster Glenn Middleton has also been called upon, but the former Norwich City starlet may head out on loan for more first-team experience. If Gers are to mount a stronger challenge to the Hoops next season Gerrard will need as many creative options as possible. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] STRIKER Alfredo Morelos has been hugely prolific for Rangers Where would Rangers be without Alfredo Morelos? The Colombian has been in sensational form, scoring 29 goals in all competitions. But the striker has never hidden his dream of playing in the English Premier League – and he might get his wish this summer despite recently signing a new contract. Gers are picking up a huge chunk of Jermain Defoe’s £65,000-a-week Bournemouth wages but the ex-England star has played second fiddle to Morelos. Should Morelos be sold, the Light Blues are expected to demand at least £20m for his services, which could then be reinvested in the squad. And a goalscoring striker would certainly be top of Gerrard’s list. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6011112780001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”David Tanner takes an all access tour of Ibrox stadium with #Lads42 and chats with Rangers legend Brian Laudrup’s son Nicolai”]
19 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
RANGERS winger Eros Grezda has opened up on his recent injury woes. The £2million man – signed from the Light Blues’ Europa League opponents Osijek last summer – has only played once in 2019 and that was in Saturday’s draw with Kilmarnock. Eros Grezda has played just 15 times for Rangers Gers boss Steven Gerrard said the 23-year-old “did well”. And Grezda – in the Albania squad to face Turkey and Andorra in the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers – wants to use the international games to reignite his season. He said: “I had a very difficult time in the last two months. “When I was injured and they [the doctors] told me it was serious, the first thing that came to mind is not to lose my role in the national team. ALF LET OFF Rangers star Alfredo Morelos CLEARED to face Celtic as Kirk Broadfoot also escapes SFA ban “So during the time I was injured, I worked as hard as I could to meet those challenges. “I trained privately with coaches and did extra to make sure I returned as quickly as possible. “I came back to the team at the weekend and I feel very good. “We have a lot of players who are in great shape and have played more football recently, but as long as I am here [with Albania] I will make myself available for every minute. [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES” selected_posts=”4014852,4016705,4016283,4015809,4015283,4015256″ /] “The coach will make the final decision.” We told earlier how BBC pundit Tom English claimed EIGHT of Gerrard’s Gers signings last summer – including Grezda – had failed this season. He tormented Scotland ace Callum Paterson in November’s Uefa Nations League clash, which finished 4-0 to Alex McLeish’s visitors. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6015355305001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ex-Rangers ace Maurice Edu announces retirement with poignant Instagram video”]
19 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
ALFREDO MORELOS has been cleared to play in the Old Firm derby after escaping SFA action for his weekend flare-up with Kilmarnock’s Kirk Broadfoot. Broadfoot, too, has also been cleared by a review panel made up of three former top referees who looked closely at the incident with the controversial Rangers striker. Alfredo Morelos and Kirk Broadfoot clashed in Saturday’s 1-1 draw The duo were left sweating on being cited by compliance officer Clare Whyte. Action against Morelos would’ve seen him miss the crunch game against Celtic at Parkhead. Referee Greg Aitken was looking elsewhere at Ibrox on Saturday when the Colombian and the stopper confronted each other as they were leaving the field at half time. TV pictures appeared to capture Broadfoot raking his studs down the back of Morelos’ ankle before the Gers frontman responded by turning and laying his hands on the Killie man. Broadfoot appeared to rake his studs down the back of Morelos’ ankle However, both are now free to play against Hamilton and the Hoops respectively on March 30-31. Boss Steven Gerrard said post-match: “I haven’t seen it. I want Alfredo to keep playing as well as he can and to keep scoring goals. “I want him to improve his disciplinary record so he can be available more. He knows that. “But if other players, other teams, are constantly trying to wind him up and he’s getting zero protection then I can’t do anything about it.” [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] But Rugby Park gaffer Steve Clarke said: “There was an incident. I didn’t see it because I’d already come in to prepare my half time talk. ”But I’ve seen it back on video and there was definitely something that happened. “We’ll let the people who look at the video decide.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6015355305001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ex-Rangers ace Maurice Edu announces retirement with poignant Instagram video”]
19 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
TOM ENGLISH says EIGHT of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers signings have failed. Gerrard has signed 20 players since taking over Gers last summer. Gerrard has signed 20 players Allan McGregor has been a success on his second spell with the Ibrox club, pulling off a number of high-profile saves across the season while Ryan Kent and Scott Arfield have impressed. But BBC pundit English says the jury is still out on a number of additions as he picked out eight who have failed. Speaking on Sportsound, he said: “You look at Ejaria, fail. Grezda, fail. Davis, fail. Coulibaly, fail. Lafferty, fail. Sadiq, fail. McAuley, fail. Flanagan, fail. “There are a number of others where the jury’s still out. McAuley has made just seven league appearances “There’s very, very few absolute success stories in all of those players. “He’s signed I think 20, if you take Jamie Murphy, [Matt] Polster and the goalie Andy Firth out of it, that’s 17 players who have got game time. [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES” selected_posts=”4015283,4015256,4015515,4014982,4014947,4013906″ /] “How many of those has been successes? Very, very few. “To sign Goldson and Katic, fine. Then you bring in Gareth McAuley at 39. FEELING THE HEAT Gerrard’s Killie remarks are ‘from a man under pressure’, says Tom English “What is that about? What does that say about what’s coming through the ranks at Rangers if you feel you need to sign three centre halves in Steven Gerrard’s brief time at the club. “And McCrorie, who was terrific when they beat Celtic, he seems to have gone off the radar.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6015355305001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ex-Rangers ace Maurice Edu announces retirement with poignant Instagram video”]
19 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
MICHAEL STEWART insists Rangers don’t have the financial clout to mount a serious title challenge on Celtic. Gers‘ 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at the weekend all but ended their hopes of lifting the league title. Gerrard looks set to end his first season without a trophy That result came just days after Steven Gerrard’s side crashed out of the Scottish Cup following a 2-0 defeat to Aberdeen at Ibrox. And former Hearts man Michael Stewart believes they’ll have a difficult Speaking on BBC Sportsound, he said: “This is where I’m surprised that Steven Gerrard took the Rangers job. “Because how do you close the gap? How do you get better? Stewart says Gers don’t have the financial clout to close the gap “What are the structures behind the scenes at Rangers that are going to enable him to close the gap on Celtic? “I don’t think there is a structure in place. “Have they got the financial clout to mount a serious challenge? No they’ve not. “Clearly they’ve not because they’re losing money at an alarming rate “So when you look at are they capable of closing the gap on Celtic, it’s not just simply money that needs to be chucked at it, but that’s a big factor. “And Steven Gerrard’s got to do better in the transfer window. “But my point I was making at the start is we’re now at a position that I think was fairly inevitable. [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES” selected_posts=”4015256,4015515,4014982,4014947,4013906,4014774″ /] “That they’re not going to win the title. He’s not done particularly well in the cup competitions, that’s the one that you’d say is the defining factor of this season. “How do they progress and move forward? There isn’t an easy solution to that. “You would probably say that he’s got to do better in the transfer window and he’s got to be more efficient with the money he’s got. “They’ve got three times the budget, probably at least, of Aberdeen but you look at the consistency they’ve got. KILLIE CLAIM Rangers star Morelos alleged to have deliberately stamped on Broadfoot before half-time spat “You look at the squad Kilmarnock have put together on a shoestring. “So Rangers have got to hope they can do something similar to that but to close that gap is so difficult.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6011769169001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Hibs fan runs onto pitch and boots ball away from Rangers player James Tavernier one week after Scott Sinclair had bottle thrown at him”]
19 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
STEVEN GERRARD features on a shortlist to replace Gareth Southgate as England boss when the times comes. The Liverpool legend has been cutting his teeth in management with Rangers after replacing Graeme Murty last summer. Steven Gerrard was handed his first job in management by Rangers It’s been a steep learning curve for the rookie gaffer, who looks set to end his first season in the dugout trophyless. But former FA technical director Dan Ashworth has revealed Gerrard will be among the candidates to succeed Southgate one day. The FA have been working with former England internationals – including Phil Neville, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole – to help their path into coaching and management. And Ashworth – who recently took up a new role as recruitment chief at Brighton – believes the next gen of managers are being groomed for the Wembley job. Gareth Southgate isn’t leaving any time soon but the FA are already drawing up a list of potential candidates to replace him He told The Times: “Phil Neville has come out of that system, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole. “It’s our job to make sure we have enough people on the radar that are English qualified coaches, that hold the right attributes, whether they are in the system like Phil [England women’s head coach] and Aidy [England Under-21 manager], or out of the system like Steven, Frank, Eddie (Howe), Sean (Dyche), that we have the right relationships with them so, should the time come when Gareth moves on, we have a bigger and better pool of English coaches that are able and interested in taking the job. KILLIE CLAIM Rangers star Morelos alleged to have deliberately stamped on Broadfoot before half-time spat “Steven took Liverpool Under-18 for over a year. “Steven has gone to Rangers, Frank has gone into the Championship (with Derby County), Scott’s gone in at Tottenham Under-18 and Under-23 (and now Fulham caretaker manager). “Sol (Campbell) has gone in right at the bottom of the pyramid (as manager of Macclesfield Town). Michael Carrick (is coaching) at Manchester United. “Ultimately, I hope they are Premier League and England managers.” [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES” selected_posts=”4014982,4014947,4013906,4014774,4014106,4013854″ /] Ashworth, 42, is also thrilled to see the likes of Gerrard and Lampard swap the television studios for the dugout. He said: “I always felt it was a crying shame and a waste of experience and talent. “It really pleases me to see the coaching path taken by Steven and Frank and Sol, Scott Parker and Joe Cole, who have been willing to go through the qualifications.” Sign up to Times+ here Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6015355305001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ex-Rangers ace Maurice Edu announces retirement with poignant Instagram video”]
19 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
SCOTT ARFIELD could be an Old Firm injury doubt after pulling out of the Canada squad. The Rangers midfielder was called up for the final Concacaf Nations League qualifier against French Guiana in Vancouver. Scott Arfield has been a regular for Rangers this season Canada need a win to guarantee their spot in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and Nations League Group A. But they’ve been hit with a hammer blow after skipper Arfield was forced to withdraw last night. The news will concern Steven Gerrard ahead of next Sunday’s derby at Celtic Park. Rangers are already sweating on the availability of top scorer Alfredo Morelos, who could be hit with a ban following a half-time rammy with Kilmarnock’s Kirk Broadfoot on Saturday. [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES” selected_posts=”4014947,4013906,4014774,4014106,4013854,4013744″ /] The Colombian striker will discover his fate today after the incident was reviewed by an SFA disciplinary panel at Hampden. TV pictures appear to show Broadfoot raking his studs down the back of Morelos’ ankle before he reacts. But the flashpoint has taken a fresh twist after it was claimed by a Killie insider that Morelos studded Broadfoot off the ball only seconds before. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6015355305001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ex-Rangers ace Maurice Edu announces retirement with poignant Instagram video”]
19 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
RANGERS striker Alfredo Morelos is alleged to have deliberately stamped on Kirk Broadfoot moments before Saturday’s half-time rammy. The Gers hitman and Kilmarnock defender clashed as they left the field at the break during the 1-1 draw at Ibrox. Alfredo Morelos and Kirk Broadfoot clashed in Saturday’s 1-1 draw TV replays appear to show Broadfoot raking his studs down the back of Morelos’ ankle before he reacts. But the incident has taken a fresh twist after it was claimed Morelos studded Broadfoot off the ball only seconds before. Ref Greg Aitken missed the incident but SFA compliance officer Clare Whyte will decide this afternoon whether the pair will be handed notices of complaint. A Kilmarnock source told the Daily Express: “Morelos stamped on Kirk’s foot just before the half-time whistle. A few of the players saw it. Broadfoot appeared to rake his studs down the back of Morelos’ ankle “Kirk went after Morelos and that was when the referee blew his whistle. “Kirk had words but Morelos just ignored him and headed for the tunnel, and that was where a number of players got involved because we had seen what had happened to Kirk. CROSSING THE DIVIDE Savage says he ditched following Celtic for Rangers to annoy Sutton “Kirk was furious when he came in at half-time and then we saw his foot and it was badly bruised from where he had been caught.” A ban would see Morelos miss the March 31 Old Firm clash at Celtic Park – Rangers’ next game. Boss Steven Gerrard said: “I want him to improve his disciplinary record. He knows that. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] “But if other players, other teams, are constantly trying to wind him up and he’s getting zero protection, I can’t do anything about it.” But Killie gaffer Steve Clarke said: “There was an incident. I’ve seen it back on video and there was definitely something that happened.” Morelos has picked up 17 yellow cards and four red — one later rescinded — this season. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6015355305001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ex-Rangers ace Maurice Edu announces retirement with poignant Instagram video”]
19 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
BBC pundit Tom English reckons Rangers boss Steven Gerrard’s criticism of Kilmarnock are remarks “from a man who’s under pressure”. Speaking after Saturday’s draw at Ibrox, the Liverpool legend took a swipe at Killie’s approach. Gerrard hit out at Kilmarnock’s style of play Referring to Conor McAleny’s opener, Gerrard said: “From that moment, Kilmarnock do everything in their game plan which is to waste time, to chop men down, to foul and then to keep fouling.” Speaking on the Beeb’s Sportsound, English said: “The comments from Steven Gerrard and that quote…that’s a comment from a man who’s under pressure. “For the record, Rangers have committed 352 fouls in the league this season, Kilmarnock have conceded 348. “So Rangers have conceded more fouls according to the official SPFL statistics. The Gers boss was frustrated after his side’s 1-1 draw “But certainly Gerrard is feeling the pressure and those kind of comments bear it out.” He later added: “If there’s ever been a manager of Rangers in the history of the club who hasn’t felt the pressure, I’d say he was lying. “Because it’s a massive club with massive expectations.” Gerrard won plaudits from fans and former players after guiding his Gers side into the Europa League group stage. The Light Blues sit second in the Scottish Premiership, eight points clear of third-placed Aberdeen. But the Dons knocked Rangers out of both cup competitions. [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES” selected_posts=”4013854,4013906,4013744,4014106,4013625,4013317″ /] English said: “They had 14 games in Europe this season. You have to factor that into the equation. “Also the league is better this season – Aberdeen are better, Kilmarnock are better, so it’s more of a challenge. “You have to weigh it all up.” The Ibrox club are ten points behind Celtic with eight games remaining. ‘OVER THE TOP’ Neil Lennon’s celebrations at Dundee were ’embarrassing’, says Tom English Last season they finished nine points off their Old Firm rivals. English added: “If they finish closer to Celtic at the end of the season than they were last season, I think he’s had a decent season.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6015355305001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ex-Rangers ace Maurice Edu announces retirement with poignant Instagram video”]
18 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
CARLOS PENA knew the writing was on the wall at Rangers when he returned from his loan spell to Mexico. The midfielder was signed for £2million on a deal until 2020 by Pedro Caixinha in the summer of 2017. Pena has revealed the moment he knew his Ibrox career was over But he had his contract ripped up earlier this year after playing just 14 times. Before being given the boot by Steven Gerrard he’d also flopped after being farmed out to Cruz Azul – where Caixinha is now boss – and Necaxa in his homeland. Pena said: “My first coach at Rangers Pedro Caixinha called me to ask me to go on loan to Cruz Azul. “But when I finished there Steven Gerrard told me he had completed his squad selection and I wasn’t under consideration because of the loan. Gerrard told Pena he wasn’t under consideration “I knew then that I didn’t have a chance of regular games.” Pena was speaking after joining Polish second division side GKS Tychy. MO-GO Ex-Rangers ace Maurice Edu confirms retirement with video nod to winner against Celtic He said: “I am very happy that I have come to Poland and that I can play here. “For sure, this is not a step back. I’ve been in the country for three weeks. In general, I like it here and I am glad that I will have the opportunity to train in such a team.” But Tychy president Grzegorz Bednarski revealed Pena’s controversial past has seen them build his contract so the club is protected. [article-rail-curated title=”related stories ” selected_posts=”4013317,4012200,4011732,4011287,4010593,4009047″ /] Bednarksi said: “There has never been a player with such potential and skill at our club. “For Carlos however, Tychy will be a new chapter. He must prove to everyone, but above all to himself, that he is able to return to the highest level again. “It is extremely important for us that we have constructed a contract in such a way that the risk of this transfer is reduced to a minimum.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6015355305001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ex-Rangers ace Maurice Edu announces retirement with poignant Instagram video”]  
18 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
EX-RANGERS star Maurice Edu has announced his retirement. The 32-year-old confirmed he had hung up his boots in a poignant Instagram video charting his journey from MLS Rookie of the Year to US international. Edu won three titles with the Light Blues He scores a famous winner against Old Firm rivals The clip included a nod to his famous injury-time Old Firm winner against Celtic at Ibrox in 2010. He joined Gers two years earlier and became an integral part of the squad put together by Walter Smith in his second stint at Ibrox. The midfielder wrote: “I will forever be grateful I got to live our dream! “It’s been a hell of a ride and I enjoyed every second. Thank you all! ⚽️❤️🙌🏾@marylandterrapins @torontofc @rangersfc @stokecity @bursaspor @philaunion @usmnt @mls.” Edu bagged six trophies with the Light Blues, including three league titles. [article-rail-curated title=”Related Stories” selected_posts=”4012200,4011732,4010593,4009047,4011287,4009505″ /] He only made one first-team appearance for Stoke after swapping Scotland’s top flight for the English Premier League in 2012. The American also had a spell in Turkey with Bursaspor. ‘COWARDLY RAKE’ Kirk Broadfoot ‘out of order’ for studding Rangers star Alfredo Morelos, says ex-Hibs star He has become a TV analyst with Turner and Fox since leaving MLS outfit Philadelphia Union. In 2012, it was claimed Edu was one of Barack Obama’s favourite footballers. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6013413641001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Aberdeen fans heard singing sectarian ‘Cheer up’ song at Rangers boss Steven Gerrard”]    
18 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
TAM McMANUS has hit out at Kirk Broadfoot for riling up Rangers hothead Alfredo Morelos. Gers star Morelos faces a 24-hour sweat to find out if he’ll miss the Old Firm game after his half-time rammy with Broadfoot. Alfredo Morelos lashed out at Kirk Broadfoot Broadfoot appeared to stud Morelos on the back of the ankle The Colombian clashed with the Kilmarnock defender as they left the pitch at half-time in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Ibrox. Morelos retaliated after Broadfoot appeared to stud the striker on the Achilles – but ref Greg Aitken took no action. The incident is likely to be reviewed by the SFA’s disciplinary panel today and a ban would see Morelos miss the March 31 clash with Celtic. But former Hibs ace McManus defended the 22-year-old’s conduct as he blasted Broadfoot’s role in the spat. Tam McManus branded Broadfoot “out of order” The BBC pundit tweeted: “Bang out of order by Broadfoot but that’s him in a nutshell to be honest. “I’m not surprised Morelos reacted on this occasion I think most players would if someone stood on the back of your ankle deliberately.” After a Killie fan claimed Broadfoot’s antics was a “master of the dark arts”, McManus replied: “Nah that’s a cheap cowardly rake with the studs down the back of someone’s ankle. “I have no problem if defender’s go through a striker hard and win the ball etc. Hard but fair. DOSH BOOST Celtic say they’ll surpass financial targets for year thanks to Rodgers’ £9m Leicester move “Played against loads of guys like that and respected them. That there is out of order for me. No need.” Boss Steven Gerrard said: “I haven’t seen it. I want Alfredo to keep playing as well as he can and to keep scoring goals. “I want him to improve his disciplinary record so he can be available more. He knows that. “But if other players, other teams, are constantly trying to wind him up and he’s getting zero protection then I can’t do anything about it.” [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES” selected_posts=”4010593,4009047,4006541,4009505,4008992,4010151″ /] But Rugby Park gaffer Steve Clarke said: “There was an incident. I didn’t see it because I’d already come in to prepare my half time talk. ”But I’ve seen it back on video and there was definitely something that happened. “We’ll let the people who look at the video decide.” Morelos has picked up 17 yellow cards and four red – one later rescinded – this season. But he blames Scottish officials for the “needless” cards he receives. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6001222508001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Celtic idol Chris Sutton mocks Robbie Savage and Rangers fan as he takes on Scottish Twitter “]
18 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
NIKOLA KATIC hit out at Kilmarnock as he claimed it was like they played RUGBY against Rangers. Light Blues boss Steven Gerrard insisted his players weren’t getting enough protection after Saturday’s 1-1 draw. Nikola Katic wins a header over Stephen O’Donnell Four of Killie’s players were booked during the game but the manager reckoned it should have been more. And Gers star Katic was also damning of Steve Clarke’s side, claiming their tactics were more like that of a rugby team. The Croatian defender said: “In the second half they made bad fouls, it was like rugby. “They stand and block us on the edge of the box. Eros Grezda is tackled by Stuart Findlay “We want to play football, we don’t play long balls or put crosses in from the halfway line. “Fans expect you to play technical football like Celtic or Hibs, but it’s hard to play one-twos when the other team have 11 players behind the ball. [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES” selected_posts=”4009047,4009505,4009382,4009943,4009585,4005688″ /] “To be honest, I have been really surprised at how physical the football is in Scotland.” But Kilmarnock’s Gary Dicker accused some Rangers players of making bad challenges. He reckoned the Light Blues were lucky to still have 11 men on the pitch at the end of Saturday’s game. And he also accused match officials of turning a blind eye to big decisions at Ibrox. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6015048945001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos abandoned after fans attack rival players and tear gas gets on pitch “]
18 Mar 19
Aberdeen Bugle

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18 Mar 19
Daily Business

Morelos and Broadfoot clash (pic: SNS Group)   Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos will find out this week if he is to be the subject of a Scottish FA disciplinary probe which could see him ruled out of the Old Firm derby later this month. The Gers’ top scorer was involved in an altercation with Kilmarnock’s…

Morelos’ Old Firm derby sweat after latest incident was originally published on Daily Business

17 Mar 19
News Archives Uk

Midfielder Steven Davis has admitted victory in the league beyond the Rangers this season, but insists that progress be made, The Scottish Sun reports. Having dropped ten points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership this weekend, leaving only eight games left, our hunt for the major awards of the period seems almost over. It was […]