Stevie G – The Real Deal?

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Steven Gerrard’s slip in 2014 against Chelsea cost Liverpool the league and extinguished Brendan Rodger’s chances of having his name written in Liverpool folklore. Now Steven Gerrard stands in his way of becoming a Celtic legend, by stopping the Ulsterman from claiming an eighth successive title for the Hoops.

But how realistic is that? Can this Anfield great transform the beleaguered ‘Gers into title contenders? Or like his pursuit for a Premier League title, will it ultimately end in failure? Here we take a look at Gerrard’s chances of breaking Celtic’s dominance next season.

Is he tactically astute?

During Sven Goran-Erikkson’s reign as England manager, he was blessed with midfield greats such as Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Steven Gerrard. Lampard consistently netted 20+ goals a season for Chelsea and Gerrard seemingly won games on his own for Liverpool.

Yet the two couldn’t play together, and one of the reasons for that was Gerrard’s tactical ineptitude. Whilst Lampard had shown himself adept at following a tactical plan under Mourinho, Gerrard only flourished when partnered with Xabi Alonso – a canny operator with a sharp footballing brain.

All too often Gerrard would abandon his responsibilities and scupper England’s attacks with predictable ‘Hollywood’ passes. If his disregard of tactics from his playing career is anything to go by, then his time at Ibrox will be short-lived.

Signings

Much has been made of the expected wave of Liverpool loanee’s at Ibrox, but so far the new manager has opted to find most of his talent from elsewhere. Scott Arfield, Allan McGregor, Connor Goldson and Ovi Ejaria have all joined the ‘Gers.

Jon Flanagan is the only incoming player with links to Gerrard’s former club, and whilst signings from Brighton, Sunderland and Burnley might not be inspiring, they seem more astute than bringing in second-rate Liverpool rejects. The signing have ensured that Rangers are now 12/1 for the title, second favourites to Celtic.

The transfer market is a crowded place at the moment and Rangers, like Celtic, simply do not have the allure or the money of most Championship clubs never mind Premier League outfits. If Rangers are to be successful they need to maximise the transfer market as Celtic did when David Moss was the head of recruitment.

Moss was the man responsible for bringing players such as Victor Wanyama, Virgil Van Dijk and Moussa Dembele to Parkhead, with the Hoops making substantial profits on most of their player purchases.

Gerrard needs to bring the right scouting team into Ibrox in the hope of emulating Celtic’s transfer success. If he doesn’t, then he won’t stand a chance of challenging Brendan Rodgers as Rangers’ current squad isn’t up to much.

The odds

As much as analysis of Gerrard’s history and style is helpful, it doesn’t give any clear indicators. With the notable exception of Leicester City, the bookies have always tended to get things right in football.

Manchester City and Celtic were the bookies favourites for their domestic leagues last season and Real Madrid were the favourites for the Champions League.

933 COMMENTS


  1. homunculus

    I have seen it written that those with astigmatism make better footballers because their peripheral vision is enhanced so they see possible passes which others do not.

    This of course is all theoretical to those of us who are myopic, strabismic and amblyoptic including myself.

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  2. bfbpuzzled 10th November 2018 at 23:07

    homunculus

    I have seen it written that those with astigmatism make better footballers because their peripheral vision is enhanced so they see possible passes which others do not.

    This of course is all theoretical to those of us who are myopic, strabismic and amblyoptic including myself.

    ………………………………………….

    aye…OK.

    So I am specky.  Was OK at fitba…    OK…   just… 

    Yet I recall being reassured when reading an article which cited Gazza as a prime fitba exemplar.

    Apparently Gazza  understood fitba and didn't need the basic 20/20 vision (Nor my immense intellectual capacity) in order to understand what to do when the baw fell at his feet.

    He jist DID it!

    It was instinctual.  He was a genius – at fitba.

    I could've been a contender…

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  3. The statement said: “Rangers International Football Club notes that the 28 day period following the mandatory cash offer announcement from Laird Investments (Pty) Limited (Laird) on 29 March 2018 has passed without the publication of a Code compliant offer document.
    “RIFC has been informed by the Takeover Panel that this is a breach of Rule 24.1 of the Code.

    “RIFC understands that Laird has the funds to make the offer in an attorney client account and is seeking the necessary South African Government approvals to permit the cash required for the offer to be transferred to the United Kingdom to enable an appropriate third party to provide the cash confirmation required by Rule 24.8 of the Code.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43926554?ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=scotland&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_sportsound
    …………………
    I knew i had read something on Laird
    sorry i took so long to get back.

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  4. Was looking for something and came across this.

     

    Voting on financial issues had twice been delayed as Rangers’ period of administration continued with no clear end in sight.

    However, Charles Green’s consortium has agreed a deal to buy the club and a company voluntary arrangement proposal is currently being considered by Rangers’ creditors.

    If approved, the Ibrox club will be able to exit administration but if the proposal is rejected, it is likely Green, who attended Wedneday’s SPL meeting, would attempt to transfer Rangers’ assets, including their share in the league to a newco.
    ……………….
    SPL: Clubs set new financial fair play rules at Hampden meeting
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/18263819
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    Voting on financial issues had twice been delayed.
    I wonder if it ever got passed?

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  5. “RIFC understands that Laird has the funds to make the offer in an attorney client account and is seeking the necessary South African Government approvals to permit the cash required for the offer to be transferred to the United Kingdom to enable an appropriate third party to provide the cash confirmation required by Rule 24.8 of the Code.”
    ……………….
    I believe someone pointed out that Laird is not based in South Africa.

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  6. So, coming back to Traynor and the balls up WRT Channel 4's cancelled interview with Gerrard…and perhaps more significantly: having them hang around 'for hours' at Murray Park without so much as an apology.

    Is it really beneficial when your PR seems to go out of its way to create enemies in the 'proper media' (relatively speaking).

    If the Channel 4 staff didn't regard Scottish football as a mickey mouse outfit before their experience of TRFC treatment… wink

    And another curious aspect.

    There doesn't seem to have been any rebuke for Traynor. (?)

    In King's permanent absence, does Traynor yield more power – and operational influence – than a mere hired hand as a PR contractor?

    (We all witnessed that jaw dropping video of Traynor dragging Warbs out of a presser, which he then followed up with a very professional and very angry finger-wagging to the assembled hacks!)

    Is Traynor the shadow lacky to King's shadow director/chairman at TRFC?

    The quick escalation of TRFC's pursuit of ref Collum suggests, IMO, that Traynor could be on an unhinged and unchecked power trip.

    Channel 4 last week, Collum this week, wonder who/what is in Traynor's crosshairs next week?

     

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  7. Cluster One 11th November 2018 at 07:47

    '…I believe someone pointed out that Laird is not based in South Africa.'

    No, C1,the announcement by Laird Propriety described it as follow:

    Laird Investments (Pty) Limited (“Laird”) is a South African-based business.

    https://media.rangers.co.uk/uploads/2018/03/RIFC-Mandatory-Offer-Announcement.pdf
     

    Other stuff about the offer is at

    http://www.inceconnect.co.za/sens-view/3823

    I think I may have posted this before , but perhaps only an extract.

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  8. StevieBC @ 0.9.34 11 Nov 2018

     

    Re Rangers & relations with the "proper media"

    By coincidence , The Rangers have taken out a quarter page ad in to-day's Sunday Times Money/Business Section (not cheap) selling hospitality packages with a bold strapline "Football at its Finest" with a big photo of StevieG in a red,white,blue background – shows why they hired him – quite literally , a poster boy !

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  9. Cluster One 

    11th November 2018 at 07:47

    “RIFC understands that Laird has the funds to make the offer in an attorney client account and is seeking the necessary South African Government approvals to permit the cash required for the offer to be transferred to the United Kingdom to enable an appropriate third party to provide the cash confirmation required by Rule 24.8 of the Code.”
    ……………….
    I believe someone pointed out that Laird is not based in South Africa.

     

    I think it is NOAL who are not in SA

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  10. StevieBC 11th November 2018 at 09:34

    '…wonder who/what is in Traynor's crosshairs next week?'

    Whatever/whoever may be a specific target, yer man's ultimate target is any and all who insist on the truth, the truth  that he himself declared in banner headlines  before his cowardly, cringing, recantation and Goebbels-like abandonment of truth.

    If ever a journalist cooried in with 'baddies' to save his skin and for thirty pieces of silver sell his soul…….

    The shades of those journalists who have been murdered  for speaking truth turn away from him in revulsion. 
    And if he still has a Press Card ( or whatever) that simply points up the complicity of the SMSM generally in denying the truth.
    That we should be ‘served’ by such!

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  11. In the passing, and on this day, can I say that although I have lived quite a long time, and although I'm reasonably well read, and the son of  gravely wounded soldier of the Second World war,I have only just learned the story of the Unknown Warriorr, and how well kept was the secret of which field of action the six sets of remains were chosen , and of how these unidentified remains, in their coffins, were taken to a shed, draped in Union flags, and guarded until a  or 'the' General came, entered the shed, and at random, placed his hand on one of the coffins. That coffin was then shipped to England and placed in Westminster Abbey. 

    I learned this from a wee programme on BBC Radio Scotland, which described the involvement of a senior Army chaplain who alone, apparently, knew the detail.Absolutely no one knows name, rank, serial number, unit, regiment or whethere he was a sailor or soldier or any other detail of the chap.

     

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  12. bfbpuzzled 10th November 2018 at 23:07 

    This of course is all theoretical to those of us who are …. strabismic…'
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    Older posters and readers of the better days of the 'Daily Express' will affectionately remember Dr Strabismus(whom God preserve) of Utrecht,who, as a keen fan of his local team, USV Hercules, developed a pair of spectacles for their centre-forward [yes, it was in the old days!]which lent to his eyes the characteristics of the eyes of a hare. Peripheral vision was increased by some staggering percentage in trials.

    On wearing them for the first time in a competitive league match, however, rushing like a hare to the opposition's goal area in anticipation of a flighted ball from behind and concentrating on the flight of the ball, the player's dead ahead vision, like that of  a hare being pursued, was zero.

    Sadly, he never fully recovered from his whole body smash at speed into the old wooden goal-post.

    Dr Strabismus (whom God preserve) abandoned his experiment. 

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  13. Anybody else think Mr Morelos got away with being disrespectful at the sending off ? I thought TRFC were the better team both before and after the decision , but I can't help but think he brings the opprobrium on himself .

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  14. paddy malarkey 11th November 2018 at 16:17

    '…Can't wait for Motherwell's club statement wrt refereeing .'

    ________________________

    I neither saw nor heard the game, paddy malarkey, but I imagine that were any 'statement' to come from Murrerwell, it would be

    better written,

    make its point tellingly in moderate language 

    and refrain from the rabble-rousing that can be such a boring feature of the statements that emanate from PR chaps who ,having no  idea of how to win hearts and minds,have to fall back on the sleekit Coisty-style rabble-rousing rhetoric that was seen some years ago.

     

     

     

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  15. Suppose with inflation, Minty would punt the TV rights for about £1.25?

    This 'journalist' Gannon is merely validating why he is employed by The DR: he needs help, not vitriol…  broken heart

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  16. I think we are being a bit hard on Michael Gannon here . He is not advocating that the SPFL should consult with David Murray . He is simply using one of his quotes from 2009 to illustrate a basic business truth – you need more than one bidder in an auction . 

    Many wise words are spoken by fools and many truths are uttered by liars and villains .

    ” For there is one thing we must never forget – The majority can never replace the man . 

    And no more than a hundred empty heads make one wise man will a heroic decision arise from a hundred cowards “

    Adolf Hitler 

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  17. Paradisebhoy 12th November 2018 at 11:18

    "Many wise words are spoken by fools and many truths are uttered by liars and villains"

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     Hitler ( I spit on his accursed name)also made this statement  'Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it'

    a statement taken on board by our Football Governance people and the SMSM and put into practice in manufacturing and propagating the myth that the arch-cheat's cheating football club did not die when it lost its entitlement to play football.

     

     

     

     

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  18. Paradisebhoy 12th November 2018 at 11:18

    "Many wise words are spoken by fools and many truths are uttered by liars and villains"

    %%%%%%%%%%%%%

     Hitler ( I spit on his accursed name)also made this statement  'Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it'

    a statement taken on board by our Football Governance people and the SMSM and put into practice in manufacturing and propagating the myth that the arch-cheat's cheating football club did not die when it lost its entitlement to play football.

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  19. Ex Ludo 12th November 2018 at 15:06

    According to the blurb one of the semi-finals will only be shown on Premier sports so if it's your team and you ain't got a tacket you are going to have to pony up to watch it 

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  20. exLudo @ 15.00 12 Nov 2018

    Thanks for that link & the thought-provoking article – I'm not a Man City fan but i love good football so I am old enough to remember the Man City team when they were in Div 2 (old leagues) then they hit upon Malcolm Allison & his team of Marsh,Summerbee,Lee,Bell etc & what a team to watch that was for a couple of seasons – & now with Middle East money pumped in they & the ground are a whole new entity & success –  basically bought with oil money .

    Would I still feel the same way if my team (DUFC) were bought over & millions pumped in & look at them the same way as I looked at Jim McLean's team of the 80's – I'm not sure .

    What about a really strong Arbroath with oil millions pumped into Gayfield – the mind boggles – does Scotland need a really , really , strong Arbroath ?

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  21. John Clark 12th November 2018 at 15:03

    Well said JC.

    Hitler’s lies were exposed in the end . Hopefully, the same fate awaits Scottish Football’s Big Lie . 

    The peculiar thing is I don’t think anyone really believes the Lie . 

    It’s more of a “ Stance”

    They declare Rangers didn’t die – arms folded , legs apart – staunch and proud . What are you going to do about it ? 

    Keep telling the truth – that’s what . 

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  22.  Paradisebhoy 12th November 2018 at 16:52

    '..Well said JC.

    Hitler’s lies were exposed in the end . Hopefully, the same fate awaits Scottish Football’s Big Lie . ____________________________

    Oops, well or otherwise,I seem to have said it twice!

    Supporters and fans can believe what they like: the Governance body simply has to make sure that official records are correct  and state the truth.

    If they are feart to do that, they should demit office. If they refuse to tell the truth because they are themselves closet fans then the sooner they are bumped out of office the better.

     

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