Rangers' defeat left me so raging I aimed flip flop at my new telly but where was the players' anger? - Barry Ferguson

chosen few

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Our team does not lack ability, although some are not as good as they think they are, it's the fact they keep switching g off, we would have skooshed our europa group if we could concentrate for 90 mins, the manager is angry and players will have to shape up or find another place to ply their trade.
 

bleau

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You are spot on with that thinking.

I’ve said this before but when things aren’t going the Mhanks way at other teams grounds, they abandon the plan A and lump it forward, intimidate, break up the play, basically whatever it takes within the confines of what the refs let them off with (which is a lot)

The Rangers players need to start getting ‘mean’ and playing like there’s nothing they will accept other than victory. Play a fair game and be respectful as they always are but ffs try to grab the game and change it. Barry Ferguson was a wee shit and I hated him playing against us but he could wake the dead and get them fighting.
Problem with us doing ghat we would be down to 10 or 9 men pretty quick
 

ThePRODigalSon

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Let's not beat about the bush. Steven Gerrard is about to come under some serious pressure for the first time since moving to Ibrox.

Don’t get me wrong, not for one minute do I think his position as manager should be under threat despite the run that has left him trailing Celtic by 10 points.

There have been more than enough clear signs of improvement over the last 18 months to ensure his role in the job is not even up for debate. So don’t expect me to join in with any ridiculous discussions about whether he’s the man for the job or not. There’s no doubt in my mind he is.

But he has reached a crucial point in his career as a young Rangers manager. And after the way his team collapsed at Kilmarnock he needs to think very carefully about where he goes from here. And who comes with him.

First and foremost he needs to look around that dressing and work out who is really hurting right now. And, more importantly, who is not hurting anywhere near enough.

I’ll be honest. I got a new TV for my birthday and there were moments the other night when I was so angry I thought I was going to rip it off the wall.


At one point I had to stop myself from throwing one of my flip flops through the screen. I just wanted to be out there at Rugby Park helping to do something about it before it was too late.

I let my emotions get the better of me and at my age I should know better. But when you know how much it means to play for Rangers and to win trophies for the club, that fire never burns itself out.

That’s why I worry about the mentality of some of the players in Gerrard’s team right now. I watched too many of them go down the other night without being prepared to put up a fight. Where was the anger?

Where was the drive and determination to dig themselves out of a hole after Killie made it 1-1? Where was the refusal to take no for an answer?

Looking in from the outside, it’s almost as if some of them think it’s OK to lose games while wearing a Rangers shirt and if that really is the case they are at the wrong club. It should hurt like hell.

Most importantly, I could see that same pain written all over Gerrard’s face. I could tell just by looking at him he is not prepared to accept what these players have been giving him since they returned from the winter break.

I could see a man who was ready to give out some harsh words and make some big decisions. Gerrard does not strike me as the kind of guy who would be scared of doing whatever is required if he feels others are not respecting the standards he has set for them.

That’s why I’d be a worried man if I was one of those players. I’d have listened to his post-match interview and been terrified he was talking about me when he said there may be players in there who are not as strong as he thought. I’d be bursting my balls to get back out there and prove to him I deserve to wear that jersey. I’d want to show him how much it means to me and how badly I care.

That’s the minimum these guys will have to come up with between now and the end of the season if they are to prove they deserve to be a part of his plans going forward. If he can’t stop nine in a row then he certainly can’t afford any
passengers for
the following campaign when 10 will be on the line.



That’s not to say I’m throwing in the towel on this year’s title. Yes, I accept it’s going to be difficult for Rangers to come back from here but let’s not forget they have a game in hand and two Old Firm derbies left. That’s nine points to play for right there.

These players can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves because they’re getting a bit of stick or down tools because they think it’s beyond them.

They deserve every bit of criticism they’re getting. They have to be man enough to take it on the chin and respond to it. They have to show they are worthy of that shirt.

And the only way to do that is to work harder than ever on the training ground and win more games on the football pitch. They have to show the manager and fans they are capable of going on a long run of wins between now and the end of the season.


If that’s not enough to stop Celtic? If they are then accused of doing too little too late? Well, they’ll just have to suck all that up too because it’s part and parcel of being at a club like Rangers. Second best will never be acceptable to anyone who cares about that club.

Now is not the time for them to hide behind their manager or disappear into their shells. If their shoulders aren’t broad enough for the jersey they have no place here at all.

That’s the weeding-out process Gerrard has to begin.

Yes he’s a young manager and he’s going to make his own mistakes along the way but the bottom line is too many of these players have let him down too many times.

He is the right man for Rangers and is moving the club in the right direction. He’s not throwing his players under a bus when he points out where they’re going wrong, he’s being brutally honest with them and treating them like grown-ups.

It’s up to them now to prove they’re man enough for the job.
Never to old to hurt.
I’m 51 and only I can’t afford a new tv mine would have been smashed on Wednesday night!
 

Dontwasteit!

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Totally agree, at the end of the game the other night the players shit themselves other than Andy Halliday to come near the fans, they bolted right up the tunnel embarrassed with themselves. They need to come out fighting now and start winning 2nd balls and get the crowd behind them
That was the right thing to do. Halliday’s ‘look how gutted I am’ charade done nothing but wind the Bears up further. Goldson started to acknowledge the fans and quickly realised it wasn’t having the desired effect so walked off.

Too little, too late.
 

The Blue Iceberg

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They should be all crowding the ref and challenging every bad decision that goes against us, put pressure on him.

W.A.T.P.
And then they all get booked!

The game up here's fùcked now, it's no longer a sport and the most annoying thing is that our board of directors and Gerrard say absolutely nothing about it, you think they would've learned the mistake that "dignified silence" have led to by now! :mad:
 

ThorntonMM

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Two weeks ago he was delighted to see the twice convicted racist bang the goals in again.

He is spot on with this though. Not enough winners at our club.
 

raywilko

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Reading his columns normally piss me off. But agree with this one.

My goodness. How we bloody miss him playing in the team. A snarly bastard who ALWAYS took the ball and DEMANDED a higher standard from his teammates.
 

volunteer

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From a guy who has been there, done it and wore the t shirt the article is to the point because that is what we as fans all feel, I think our squad need to read this and show an immediate reaction.

Second place is not good enough.
 

KirkieRanger

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And then they all get booked!

The game up here's fùcked now, it's no longer a sport and the most annoying thing is that our board of directors and Gerrard say absolutely"nothing about it, you think they would've learned the mistake that "dignified silence" have led to by now! :mad:
It's been a very long time since I agreed with the "dignified silence" thing.
I just think that we have to express our disgust at these things in a very visible and deliberate way.

W.A.T.P.
 

RabSpackman

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I never really took to Barry Ferguson as much as most, or as much as I thought I should in truth - there was always something about him that left me a bit cold.

He is absolutely what is missing from the Rangers dressing room right now though - someone who encourages, pulls up, challenges, goades and is willing to bawl out their teammates to get them performing for the side.

Coming second often isn’t an option at Rangers and, in spite of what they would claim, too many of this squad don’t get that and seem to think it is all about adulation & fancy cars.

I’m still raging at hearing Ryan Kent talk about his “numbers” in a press conference this week because he had set up a goal.
I imagine Barry Ferguson would rip the head off anyone coming away with self-indulgent shite like that in his dressing room.
Maybe that’s the difference right there?
 

cjayn94

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They should be all crowding the ref and challenging every bad decision that goes against us, put pressure on him.

W.A.T.P.
They should do... barca are fantastic at it, soon as any player is fouled players automatically put pressure, the vermin across the city have been doing it for years... time our players, David Weir used to be great at it, every time he was straight to the ref, didn't always have to be angry about it his presence on the ref was enough. We lack that presence from a single player now so probably need a few bodies to add the pressure, as long as they aren't hounding the ref and just keeping in his ear the full game, they won't face punishment for it either.
 

KirkieRanger

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They should do... barca are fantastic at it, soon as any player is fouled players automatically put pressure, the vermin across the city have been doing it for years... time our players, David Weir used to be great at it, every time he was straight to the ref, didn't always have to be angry about it his presence on the ref was enough. We lack that presence from a single player now so probably need a few bodies to add the pressure, as long as they aren't hounding the ref and just keeping in his ear the full game, they won't face punishment for it either.
That's exactly my thinking mate and we should be doing that.

W.A.T.P.
 

RabSpackman

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They should do... barca are fantastic at it, soon as any player is fouled players automatically put pressure, the vermin across the city have been doing it for years... time our players, David Weir used to be great at it, every time he was straight to the ref, didn't always have to be angry about it his presence on the ref was enough. We lack that presence from a single player now so probably need a few bodies to add the pressure, as long as they aren't hounding the ref and just keeping in his ear the full game, they won't face punishment for it either.
A lot of people claim that players doing this are claiming the foul... it’s not that - they are claiming the next one, and the one after that. It’s contrary to the spirit of the game and shows little respect for the referee’s neutrality but until players are systematically punished for it then it seems like the only way to combat it is to join in.
 

Yosser

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Flip flops in February!
Never really took to Barry and get the feeling he is putting this piece out for his own columns perspective.
However, Ian Ferguson, Souness,Brown, Gough etc wouldn't have tolerated a 2nd half display like that.
 

cjayn94

Active Member
That's exactly my thinking mate and we should be doing that.

W.A.T.P.
A lot of people claim that players doing this are claiming the foul... it’s not that - they are claiming the next one, and the one after that. It’s contrary to the spirit of the game and shows little respect for the referee’s neutrality but until players are systematically punished for it then it seems like the only way to combat it is to join in.
Our players are too soft, bar probably McGregor... but he's a bit of a loose cannon at times with, it should be coming from Tav, Davis, Jack, Arfield, the core of the team should be leading and trying to gain every advantage possible at all times.
 

baystatebear

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Again where we have gone wrong IMO, is that Gerrard has gone out of his way to sign a particular type of player who, for the most part, were decent technically, skillful, but not with a strong physical presence. Unfortunately, the SPL- where they are required to ply their trade - is a league in which physicality, takes precedence over skill and technique.

Take Man City, under Guardiola for eg., they were purposefully comprised of highly skilled players, who despite their lack of physical stature, often dominated their bigger, more physically powerful opponents precisely because they were so technically superior. Rangers, unfortunately, are not so blessed. Whilst they can play some nice football if allowed, other Scottish teams have twigged on that if they set up defensively with a view to frustrate Rangers, get in their face, bully them, more often than not it works. The truth, we have discovered, is that the Rangers players don't like to mix it up. They don't seem to have the stomach for the fight. When things are going well, it's fine, but when they have to scrap and claw their way to a victory more often than not they come up short. This is the conundrum that Gerrard has to solve.
 
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